The Chamber Drama of the Underground

Mysticism, paranoia, and madness in cave horror

Despite our immense technological advances, humans are admittedly hopeless in the dark — when no sunlight is to be found. We seek treasures within the Earth: solace, gems, discovery. Caving and mining have been lucrative activities for millennia, and occasionally the stuff of both legends and adventure, from Indiana Jones to the California Gold Rush.

For most people, though, the underground is a place of danger, ruin, and worst of all, temptation: a place where…