Book: Icons of Horror and the Supernatural

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Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares

Author: S.T. Joshi
Publisher: Greenwood Press

Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, and many of the most central figures appear over and over again. These figures have gained iconic status and continue to hold sway over popular culture and the modern imagination. This book offers extended entries on 24 of the most enduring and significant figures of horror and the supernatural, including The Sea Creature, The Witch, The Alien, The Vampire, The Werewolf, The Sorcerer, The Ghost, The Siren, The Mummy, The Devil, and The Zombie. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and discusses the topic’s essential features and lasting influence, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. Entries cite sources for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Entries include illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and excerpts from key texts.

Among the icons discussed are:

  • The Alien
  • The Angel and The Demon
  • The Cosmic Horror
  • The Curse
  • The Cthulhu Mythos
  • The Devil
  • The Doppelganger
  • The Ghost
  • The Ghoul
  • The Haunted House
  • The Immortal
  • The Monster
  • The Mummy
  • The Psychic
  • The Sea Creature
  • The Serial Killer
  • The Siren
  • The Small Town Horror
  • The Sorcerer
  • The Urban Horror
  • The Vampire
  • The Werewolf
  • The Witch
  • And The Zombie.

Features and Benefits:

  • Overviews a wide range of supernatural lore.
  • Entries are written by leading authorities on horror and the supernatural.
  • Substantially longer than traditional encyclopedia entries, but not as lengthy or intimidating as books, the essays are the perfect size for student research.
  • Serves as a port of entry and starting point for students writing papers.
  • Entries include sidebars and cite works for further reading.
  • Includes a bibliography of important works on horror and the supernatural.
  • Spans a broad period of time, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King.
  • Illustrations help students visualize the topics of the entries.
  • Covers a vast range of cultures.
  • Helps students understand a lengthy literary and cultural tradition.
  • Fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity.
  • Encourages students to research topics of popular interest.
  • Helps students and general readers understand contemporary film, television, and culture.
  • Supports the literature curriculum by helping students relate commonly taught literary works to contemporary culture.
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