atavistic pleasure

Stephen Schmidt

Senior Member
Arabic
Splendid. . . offers the atavistic pleasure of. . . a campfire tale recounted by someone who
knows exactly how to make every listener's flesh crawl.
Hi, everyone.
This is one of the praises to Revival by Stephen King. What does "atavistic pleasure" mean?
Thanks in advance.
 
  • Stephen Schmidt

    Senior Member
    Arabic
    Stephen King’s splendid new novel, “Revival,” offers the atavistic pleasure of drawing closer to a campfire in the dark to hear a tale recounted by someone who knows exactly how to make every listener’s flesh crawl when he whispers, “Don’t look behind you.”
    --Washington Post
     
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