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''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I
     

''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

by Jason Colavito
 

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Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King’s worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first

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Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King’s worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first generations to experience them, ideas that continue to define the way modern society views horror. Each reprinted article, review or critical essay is prefaced with an introduction and explanatory notes to put the work in context. The book also includes an overview of horror criticism, a publication timeline, and period photographs and illustrations.

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Science Fiction Studies
delightful...cleverly related illustrations...the volume complements rather than duplicating existing resources on the field. I hope a companion volume covering the more recent era will be forthcoming
SF Site
"a veritable feast...nicely produced"
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“delightful...cleverly related illustrations...the volume complements rather than duplicating existing resources on the field. I hope a companion volume covering the more recent era will be forthcoming”—Science Fiction Studies; “a veritable feast...nicely produced”—SF Site.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786439683
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/03/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jason Colavito is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his archaeology writing. He lives in Albany, New York and can be found online at www.JasonColavito.com.

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