Both judicious and insightful, Wolf's critique of 400 examples of horror--from novels and short stories to movies to a handful of poems--captures his respect for and pleasure in the genre in which he is so well versed. The book is not the definitive text on horror, but it is a worthwhile asset to the study of horror stories, for it analyzes a cross-section in a way that piques the reader's curiosity about the successes and flops in the field. Wolf often critiques the novel and movie version of the same story, as well as original and updated versions of the same film. For those wanting even more guidance in seeking out tales of horror, an extensive bibliography is provided.-- Martin J. Hudacs, Towanda H.S., Pa.
Spanning several centuries and nationalities, Horror is organized in an A to Z format of entries of 200 to 300 words. Each entry functions as a capsule review, providing a plot summary, a critical evaluation of the work's contribution to the horror genre, and relevant facts. Wolf is an articulate and talented critic. Illustrated (mostly by film stills). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)