Sadeq Rahimi has noted a common relationship between the uncanny and direct or metaphorical visual references, which he explains in terms of basic processes of ego development, specifically as developed by Jacques Lacan 's theory of the mirror stage . Rahimi presents a wide range of evidence from various contexts to demonstrate how uncanny experiences are typically associated with themes and metaphors of vision, blindness, mirrors and other optical tropes. He also presents historical evidence showing strong presence of ocular and specular themes and associations in the literary and psychological tradition out of which the notion of ‘the uncanny’ emerged. According to Rahimi, instances of the uncanny like doppelgangers , ghosts , Déjà vu , alter egos , self-alienations and split personhoods, phantoms, twins , living dolls, etc. share two important features: that they are closely tied with visual tropes, and that they are variations on the theme of doubling of the ego. 
Yet, like the zombie who has become one of modern horror's most identifiable figures, the genre has resurrected. In the 21st century, horror is again thriving...even if the bestsellers or critically-acclaimed novels are not often identified as horror. The small press is thriving, academic studies are booming, and televised horror has never been more popular or (fortunately) smarter. Authors once considered "fringe" voices are now brought up in the pages of newspaper, in awards, and even in the plotlines of cult series (see Thomas Ligotti and True Detective ). Many editors think of this as a new "Golden Age" for the genre. .
If she dies here it will be a mysterious tragedy, and likely a pit stop on some swarthy male hero’s journey. He will go to her family’s house and ask questions: How long had she been dating Brandon? Did she enjoy school? Were any of the friends in that group new? Was she ever interested in the occult? Sorry, it’s just a routine question. If she makes it and Brandon dies, the police will want to talk to her: What were you doing out there? Why didn’t you check in with your parents? Were you sleeping together? Did you ever quarrel? Answer the question. If she survives, it’s a different kind of trauma that she carries with her. She will hoist it onto her back like an overstuffed schoolbag and tote it wherever she goes, a testament to the fact that all the intuition in the world couldn’t keep her safe.