More Things Than Are Dreamt Of: Masterpieces of Supernatural Horror / Edition 1

More Things Than Are Dreamt Of: Masterpieces of Supernatural Horror / Edition 1

by Alain Silver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879101776

ISBN-13: 9780879101770

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Limelight Editions

For centuries, perhaps from the beginning of time, people young and old have been drawn to the genre of supernatural horror, first on the printed page and then on the screen. From fairy tales to Freddy Krueger, the appeal of the genre rests on the all too human search for something above nature, something unkown and unnameable. This search has produced works as…  See more details below

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For centuries, perhaps from the beginning of time, people young and old have been drawn to the genre of supernatural horror, first on the printed page and then on the screen. From fairy tales to Freddy Krueger, the appeal of the genre rests on the all too human search for something above nature, something unkown and unnameable. This search has produced works as memorable as they are terrifying, and we feel their power once again in More Things Than Are Dreamt Of. The sweep of the book encompasses almost two centuries as it reconsiders in detail such classics of literature as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Henry James' The Turn of the Screw right up to contemporary novels of horror as Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist andd Stephen King's The Dead Zone. But what sets this book apart is that the authors go on to study the most significant feature films derived from these and many other works of fiction, from the silent era until today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879101770
Publisher:
Limelight Editions
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
1st Limelight ed
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction3
Ch. 1The Prometheans
IThe Haunted Summer: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley9
IIThe Other Bram Stoker31
Ch. 2Colonial Horror
IDescent into the Maelstrom: Edgar Allan Poe41
IIThe Dream Quest: H.P. Lovecraft61
Ch. 3The Pre-Moderns
IThe Scientific: Robert Louis Stevenson73
IIThe Cynic: Oscar Wilde89
IIIThe Mystic: Arthur Machen96
Ch. 4The Two Jameses
IDemons: Casting the Runes105
IIGhosts: The Turn of the Screw116
Ch. 5Selected Modern Classics
IWitches: Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber135
IISpirits: The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson142
IIIDevils: "The Devil and Daniel Webster," Stephen Vincent Benet; Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin; The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty149
IVVisionaries: The Dead Zone, Stephen King162
Filmography169
Bibliography207
Index211

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