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Horror: A Literary History | Xavier Aldana Reyes
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Horror is unlike any other literary genre. It seeks to provoke uniquely strong reactions, such as fear, shock, dread or disgust, and yet remains very popular. Horror is most readily associated with the film industry, but horrific short stories and novels have been wildly loved by readers for well over two centuries. Despite its persistent popularity, until now there has been no up-to-date history of horror fiction for the general reader. This book offers a chronological overview of the genre in fiction and explores its development and mutations over the past 250 years. It also challenges the common misjudgement that horror fiction is necessarily frivolous or dispensable. Leading experts on Gothic and horror literature introduce readers to classics of the genre as well as exciting texts they may not have encountered before. The topics examined include: horror s roots in the Gothic romance and antebellum American fiction; the penny dreadful and sensation novels of Victorian England; fin-de-siecle ghost stories; decadent fiction and the weird; the familial horrors of the Cold War era; the publishing boom of the 1980s; the establishment of contemporary horror auteurs; and the post-millennial zombie trend."
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Horror: A Literary History | Xavier Aldana Reyes
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Congratulations on 25k litfluence!!! 🎊📚🎉 And thank you for doing this giveaway! #Nattys25kGiveaway

Three of the top books on my tbr are Horror: A Literary History (the tagged book), Frankenstein and Salem's Lot.

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I like tracing the evolution of horror, in all its varied forms and sub genres, but many books out there focus on either classic horror OR modern horror, the only ones which span both and are still entertaining tend to be regarding movies more than books.
This however gives a good overview tracing modern and post-modern horror right back to its tangled roots in early gothic poetry. A good read #horror

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