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A History of Horror Audiobook

A History of Horror

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since horror leapt from popular fiction to the silver screen in the late 1890s, viewers have experienced fear and pleasure in exquisite combination. Wheeler Winston Dixon's A History of Horror is the only book to offer a comprehensive survey of this ever-popular film genre. Arranged by decades, with outliers and franchise films overlapping some years, this one-stop sourcebook unearths the historical origins of characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman and their various incarnations in film from the silent era to comedic sequels. A History of Horror explores how the horror film fits into the Hollywood studio system and how its enormous success in American and European culture expanded globally over time.

Dixon examines key periods in the horror film - in which the basic precepts of the genre were established, then banished into conveniently reliable and malleable forms, and then, after collapsing into parody, rose again and again to create new levels of intensity and menace. A History of Horror brings over 50 timeless horror films into frightfully clear focus, zooms in on today's top horror Web sites, and champions the stars, directors, and subgenres that make the horror film so exciting and popular with contemporary audiences.

Named an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice.

©2010 Wheeler Winston Dixon (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Dixon is recognized as an eminent film scholar and the current title is an impressive addition to his oeuvre. This book certainly has solid scholarship, but it is also a book that once picked up is hard to put down. Essential." ( Choice)

"This concise overview is an informative and entertaining read. Recommended." ( Library Journal)

"This is an excellent survey of horror movies...full of fascinating information and is delivered in an accessible manner. Required reading for horror fans." ( Booklist)

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  • eric
    24/05/16
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    "good not great"

    well researched and entertaining, this book reads as if the author cut a two paragraphs from the Wikipedia article of every major horror movie and only briefly touched on any of them. as an overview not bad and still entertaining but again just brief tidbits of information that most horror fans already know just on the reputation of the movies and their creators

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amy Broughton
    06/07/15
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    "Boring"

    I am a "scary movie" fan and I was looking forward to a book that explained many of the thematic underpinnings of horror movies and the evolution of those themes from the very early horror through the modern horror movie. What I got was a list of ever horror movie ever made and a short synopsis of each. It was incredibly boring. At first I thought that perhaps the author wanted to give appropriate background on all the films before getting into the heart of the subject matter. But no, there was no scholarly analysis of the subject matter at all.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa Eisner
    29/03/16
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    ":)"

    Great information for anyone into the genre! gets a little opinionated at the end, but otherwise he sticks to the facts pretty well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Irish in LA
    huntington beach, ca United States
    27/01/18
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    "Author is NOT a Horror Fan"

    Author thinks we need more movies like the Twilight series and less movies like John Carpenter's The Thing. I don't know of any horror fans who would agree.

    It's questionable whether or not he's seen the movies he criticizes the most. He doesn't always get the facts about characters or the storyline correct.

    Theoretically the book is organized in chronological order; however, the near the bounces all over the place and feels chaotic. he jumps from the 60s all the way in to the 2000s, leaping all over the place without concern for consistency.

    In addition, he is inconsistent about spoilers. Sometimes he spoils everything,. Sometimes he gives a little plot information, but mostly hints at where the story is going. Sometimes he just lists the a bunch movie titles wiithout any description at all. He's unpredictable.

    One other thing, he frequently starts sentences using words like, "Indeed." There's a lot of purple prose - stuff that feels somebody got a thesaurus for his birthday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Winchester
    Pittsburgh
    03/10/17
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    "Enjoyable"

    I found this book to be an enjoyable read. It takes you back to the beginnings of horror all the way up to current. For every era several movies are mentioned with a synopsis and an comprehensive theme for the time. It can lag in parts, if you are not a fan of that generations movies, but overall it's a fun read. Narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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