In Naiyer Masud’s short story “Obscure Domains of Fear and Desire” the narrator possesses the preternatural instinct for assessing emotions released by a house. He is a house inspector who shares a subliminal bond with houses and develops a theory that every house has a domain of fear and a domain of desire, and at times these domains overlap. As he steps into a house he can sense a frisson, tremors of either anxiety or longing. While in the spot of fear, he could feel nervous, in the