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The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication date October 1, 2001
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780571199969
ISBN-10 0571199968
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show 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.

With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. Now with a new Afterword by the author that looks at horror's popular renaissance in the last decade, The Monster Show is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393034196
 
from W W Norton & Co Inc (May 1, 1993)
9780393034196 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.95 lbs | List price $25.00
About: 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
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140240023 Book cover for 9780571199969
 
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from Faber & Faber (October 1, 2001)
9780571199969 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show 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.
Reprint edition from Penguin USA (October 1, 1994)
9780140240023 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Americans love horror.

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