The Monster Show: A Cultural History Of Horror

October 15, 2001|
The Monster Show: A Cultural History Of Horror by David J. Skal
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Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror''s function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements.

With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood''s classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. Now with a new Afterword by the author that looks at horror''s popular renaissance in the last decade, The Monster Show is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America''s obsession with the macabre.

David J. Skal is the author several critically acclaimed books on fantastic literature and genre cinema, including Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen; Screams of Reason; Mad Science and Modern Culture; V Is for Vampire: The A to Z Guide to Everything Undead; and, with Elias Savada, Dark Carnival:...
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Title:The Monster Show: A Cultural History Of Horror
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:448 pages, 8.53 X 5.48 X 1.25 in
Shipping dimensions:448 pages, 8.53 X 5.48 X 1.25 in
Published:October 15, 2001
Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780571199969

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