It's not such a bad thing.
yes! i remember thinking, when i watched the first episode of “the last of us” that the show was going to be very bad PR for fungi (just when it seemed that widespread views of fungi were about to change!)
i’m with you on horror; i think it’s a key component of storytelling and aesthetics. and i think it’s also important to balance out or counteract the horror with beauty. one of things that i dislike about the hollywood horror tropes is that the thing that horrifies is rarely beautiful. it’s just horrible. instead, the beauty is elsewhere (like in the devotion humans show one another).