While a broad definition that includes a sufficient number of such events can be found, the resulting multitude of criteria of ominousness
cannot be brought under the same heading and vice versa.
The Man from Manhattan" evokes the Big Apple's excitement and vague (or sometimes not so vague) ominousness
, from which - to our vast surprise - the innocent Nordic travelers emerge quite intact.
Adams as malevolent note the ominousness
of the large and therefore threatening shadow, though two of the earlier versions of the story seem to contain no hint of this intention.
DeLillo's toxic cloud, in other words, takes over not only his made-up town, but his novel, too, casting a pall of vague ominousness
, unconnected to anyone's actions, over what began as a delightful comedy.
More often, however, it is the uncanniness, even ominousness
, of the sacred "otherness" suffusing the world of nature that Dickinson stresses.
None of these opens into the interludes of sunshine or narrative that buoyed the two features; and despite an Irish jig played by longtime collaborator George Lockwood on fiddle, the accusatory tones of Dragnet's Sergeant Friday in the sound-track collage augment the visuals' obscure ominousness
, as if to suggest that the interpenetrating scenes of wilderness and urbanity somehow trace an awful historical crime.
It may be this conundrum that creates the sense of ominousness
in some of Gioia's work.
Perhaps this sense of distance is what gives Mitlag's work its ominousness
He's there to deliver the dark news, the mournful tone, while in the background John Williams's haunting guitar solos inflect a general mood of ominousness
I thought--forgive me--of something Wollheim wrote about the painting Landscape with Two Nymphs and a Snake, 1659--a work not mentioned in Clark's book: "What the snake does in this picture is to urge upon us the ominousness
of nature: a lesson reflected in the incredulous admiration by which the two nymphs are transfixed as they regard the massive contortions that the snake adopts in its efforts to swallow a bird.