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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 Th 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.


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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 Th 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.

41 review for Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, 2 Vols

  1. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    This is a superb introduction to the history of the supernatural in various media. Each article is approximately 12K words long, and many of the contributing authors include lists of seminal works of literature and film for further reading, as well as other more in-depth works of nonfiction for those interested in more detailed analysis. That said, I found some of the selections to be a bit uneven. There were two articles that focused largely on the writings and influence of HP Lovecraft ("The Co This is a superb introduction to the history of the supernatural in various media. Each article is approximately 12K words long, and many of the contributing authors include lists of seminal works of literature and film for further reading, as well as other more in-depth works of nonfiction for those interested in more detailed analysis. That said, I found some of the selections to be a bit uneven. There were two articles that focused largely on the writings and influence of HP Lovecraft ("The Cosmic Horror" and "The Cthulhu Mythos") that were somewhat redundant. "The Haunted House" covered an incredible amount of material, while "The Doppleganger" was so thin on examples and influence that I had no idea how they'd fill 12K words. Rather than focus on psychopaths in general, there was a chapter simply on Serial Killers. There are also some obvious editing errors. But as a whole, the writing is well-organized and accessible, and the most famous monsters are very well represented (vampires, ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, witches, mummies, zombies, etc.). I found "The Angel and the Demon" to be a particularly interesting chapter. Highly recommended for those new to either the horror genre or to academic analysis of pop culture.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Xexets

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emiliano Aguilar

    Wonderful collection of essays, well written and with a good amount of information.

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    James Doig

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was let down by a couple of inadequate essays, most notably the one on ghost stories, which lacked historical perspective and critical acumen.

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