The Monster Show, A Cultural History Of Horror

Skal, David J.

ISBN 10: 0393034194 / ISBN 13: 9780393034196
Published by W. W. Norton, New York, 1993
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1st edition/1st printing. From the DJ: Uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements--one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. Fine, clean book in near fine plus DJ that is undamaged except for a couple of tiny edge nicks. Bookseller Inventory # 2846

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Title: The Monster Show, A Cultural History Of ...

Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover; 1st Printing

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition..

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Traces the history of horror films, discusses the social themes that are reflected in their stories, and looks at the leading directors, writers, and actors


This study of the visual horror genre from Dr. Caligari to Dr. Hannibal Lecter starts with a discussion of Diane Arbus's photographs of freaks. David Skal then suggests that he will seek to "explain why the images resonated in the culture ... [and] why so much of our imaginative life in the 20th century has been devoted to peeling back the masks and scabs of civilization, to finding, cultivating, and projecting nightmare images of the secret self." Whether or not you agree with his thesis that horror is a symptom of society's ills (war, disease, poverty), you will find much of value in this thorough, highly readable history--especially the detailed accounts of the work of filmmaker Tod Browning, and of how Frankenstein and Dracula made their way from books to plays to films. The book is handsomely designed (hardcover has dust jacket by Edward Gorey), with illustrations, footnotes, and index.

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