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Description - Horror by Darryl Jones

Horror has an established tradition in both fiction and film. From books such as "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" to films such as "Se7en" and "The Blair Witch Project", the genre holds an irresistable appeal for modern audiences. But why? Is horror an anti-establishment force and an argument for social revolution? Is it a liberating expose of human nature and a peek at the dark side of the unconscious? Or is it pure evil, solely designed to corrupt and deprave? Starting from such questions about the nature of horror, this book offers an accessible history of the genre. Using exmples from key Gothic texts or the Romantic period, as well as more recent popular novels and films, it approaches its subject thematically. It includes chapters on horror, religion and identity; "Mad science"; vampires and the undead; madness and psycho-killers; forbidden knowledge and books; narratives of invasion and pestilence; Satanism and demonic possession; ghosts and the ghost-Gothic story; and body-horror and metamorphosis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340762530
ISBN-10: 0340762535
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 162mm x 16mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones is a professor at School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

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