"The Return of Chorb" explores the aftermath of death and how we deal with the loss of a loved one. What are the consequences of death, and is there some way to overcome it? Spinning off from the myth of Orpheus, "Chorb" follows the story of a man trying to "re-create" the image of his dead wife. A distinction is drawn between the spectral, horrifying appearance of the dead woman and the peaceful, immortal memory of her. The story’s main character tries to escape the former by taking refuge in the latter, but much like Orpheus’s trip to the underworld, this is hardly a walk in the park.
The absence of sex in "The Return of Chorb" works with the theme of death to create a barren and doomed atmosphere.