“Angst” or fear, so it is said, is not a good advisor. But it is an indispensable effect created in genre literature to keep readers going. Take, for example, Stephen King. His novel “Shining” is currently making an impression in Stanley Kubrick’s filming because the setting and the labyrinth-like architecture reveals the tortures experienced by the souls of its figures: an external image used as a symbol for the contorted internal. Film images that frighten, scenes that refer to the subconscious. “Shining” is only one of the books that Matthias Brandt and Jens Thomas will use in their third collaboration at the Alte Feuerwache. The evening’s name is also its programme: “Angst” or “fear”. The dream team for suspense will this year use different texts and scour them for ghoulish, tormenting moments. The actor Matthias Brandt gives the novel’s psychopath heroes a voice which penetrates all the way into the hidden chambers of the wounded soul. And pianist Jens Thomas, inspired by the texts, improvises an accompanying sound track. But in the last years, we also experienced that joy and fear are in close proximity to each other. Because when Brandt reads and Thomas plays, they both sneak in so much humour into their performance that the horrific is sometimes the beginning of something funny.