Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, Volume 1
S. T. Joshi
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Horror films - 796 pages
Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, with many of the most central figures appearing over and over again across time and cultures. These figures have starred in the world's most widely read literary works, most popular films, and most captivating television series. Because of their popularity and influence, they have attained iconic status and a special place in the popular imagination. This book overviews 24 of the most significant icons of horror and the supernatural. Included are alphabetically arranged extended entries on the icons. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and is accessible to students and general readers. Among the icons discussed are: BL The Alien BL The Angel and The Demon BL The Cosmic Horror BL The Curse BL The Cthulhu Mythos BL The Devil BL The Doppelganger BL The Ghost BL The Ghoul BL The Haunted House BL The Immortal BL The Monster BL The Mummy BL The Psychic BL The Sea Creature BL The Serial Killer BL The Siren BL The Small Town Horror BL The Sorcerer BL The Urban Horror BL The Vampire BL The Werewolf BL The Witch BL And The Zombie. Each entry discusses the central qualities of the icon and its lasting influence. Included are illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and extracts from key texts. Entries list works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Features and Benefits: BL Overviews a wide range of supernatural lore. BL Entries are written by leading authorities on horror and the supernatural. BL Substantially longer than traditional encyclopedia entries, but not as lengthy or intimidating as books, the essays are the perfect size for studentresearch. BL Serves as a port of entry and starting point for students writing papers. BL Entries include sidebars and cite works for further reading. BL Includes a bibliography of important works on horror and the supernatural. BL Spans a broad period of time, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. BL Illustrations help students visualize the topics of the entries. BL Covers a vast range of cultures. BL Helps students understand a lengthy literary and cultural tradition. BL Fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity. BL Encourages students to research topics of popular interest. BL Helps students and general readers understand contemporary film, television, and culture. BL Supports the literature curriculum by helping students relate commonly taught literary works to contemporary culture.
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Icons of horror and the supernatural: an encyclopedia of our worst nightmaresUser Review - Book Verdict
Influential master of horror fiction H.P. Lovecraft wrote that the oldest emotion of humankind is fear and the strongest of those is fear of the unknown. Chronicled here are our collective nightmares, as mirrored in multicultural and multigenerational stories in print, on television, and in pop culture. More than just the fodder of B movies, they are a glimpse into our psyche. Horror genre scholar Joshi here focuses on the icons themselves, 24 in total, as opposed to supernatural literature, an angle that makes this set unique. Witches, ghouls, sea creatures, and aliens are dissected and addressed as both historical and pop figures. Each icon definition focuses on central features of the myth, such as the requirement that zombies must lack free will. The set covers traditional horror symbols like vampires and mummies but also tackles more amorphous terrors like "urban horror" and "the curse." Authoritative entries are accompanied by bibliographies and further readings and interspersed with relevant chronologies and black-and-white illustrations.Bottom Line While aimed at lay readers, the articles tend toward the academic, which makes them an excellent source for research.Icons will be less useful for general fans of supernatural fiction who may get lost in the lengthy historical and cultural essays. Highly recommended for academic libraries as a core entry into the study of supernatural symbols; public libraries should purchase where interest warrants.-Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI
Review: Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, 2 VolsUser Review - Goodreads
I read only a couple of entries, which are detailed enough and very well presented. An interesting tool to begin a research on the literary/cinematic representation of paranormal creatures.