Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares

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S. T. Joshi
Greenwood Press, Dec 30, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 796 pages

Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, and many of the most central figures appear over and over again. These figures have gained iconic status and continue to hold sway over popular culture and the modern imagination. This book offers extended entries on 24 of the most enduring and significant figures of horror and the supernatural, including The Sea Creature, The Witch, The Alien, The Vampire, The Werewolf, The Sorcerer, The Ghost, The Siren, The Mummy, The Devil, and The Zombie. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and discusses the topic's essential features and lasting influence, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. Entries cite sources for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Entries include illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and excerpts from key texts.

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.

* Overviews a wide range of supernatural lore

* Entries include sidebars and cite works for further reading

* Includes a bibliography of important works on horror and the supernatural

* Illustrations help students visualize the topics of the entries

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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 ... Read full review

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S. T. Joshi is one of the world's foremost authorities on the supernatural. His many books include Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2005), An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2001), and numerous editions of H.P. Lovecraft's writings.

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