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A Dark Night's Dreaming: Contemporary American Horror Fiction

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A Dark Night's Dreaming opens by defining the shape of horror fiction today, illuminating the genre's narrative themes, psychological and social contexts, and historical development. The core of the volume focuses on the lives and major works of the six who have dramatically shaped the genre: William Peter Blatty, Thomas Harris, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, and Whitley Strieber. A final chapter analyzes the complex relationship between horror fiction and its adaptation to film. Looking beyond the ...
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Overview

A Dark Night's Dreaming opens by defining the shape of horror fiction today, illuminating the genre's narrative themes, psychological and social contexts, and historical development. The core of the volume focuses on the lives and major works of the six who have dramatically shaped the genre: William Peter Blatty, Thomas Harris, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, and Whitley Strieber. A final chapter analyzes the complex relationship between horror fiction and its adaptation to film. Looking beyond the tormented maidens, madmen, monsters, and other archetypes of the genre, these critics differentiate contemporary Gothic fiction from that of earlier generations while demonstrating that horror remains one of the most important and consistent strains connecting the diverse elements of the American literary tradition. They comment on the genre's enormous popularity and undeniable influence in American society and scrutinize its changing representations of women, monsters, and gore. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary works.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Preface
Introduction: Tony Magistrale and Michael A. Morrison 1
1 After the Danse: Horror at the End of the Century 9
2 Transmogrified Gothic: The Novels of Thomas Harris 27
3 The Art of Balance: Stephen King's Canon 42
4 Living with(out) Boundaries: The Novels of Anne Rice 55
5 Mirror and Labyrinth: The Fiction of Peter Straub 68
6 Casting Out Demons: The Horror Fiction of William Peter Blatty 84
7 Adam's Dream: The Gothic Imagination of Whitley Strieber 97
8 Culture in the Hall of Mirrors: Film and Fiction and Fiction and Film 110
Bibliography 123
About the Editors and Contributors 137
Index 139
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