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Book cover of ''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

by Jason Colavito

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Pages: 384
Library Binding
ISBN: 9780786439683






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Overview of ''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King's worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first generations to experience them, ideas that continue to define the way modern society views horror. Each reprinted article, review or critical essay is prefaced with an introduction and explanatory notes to put the work in context. The book also includes an overview of horror criticism, a publication timeline, and period photographs and illustrations.

Synopsis of ''A Hideous Bit of Morbidity'': An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I

Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King's worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first generations to experience them, ideas that continue to define the way modern society views horror. Each reprinted article, review or critical essay is prefaced with an introduction and explanatory notes to frame the work in its historical context. The book also includes an overview of horror criticism, publication timeline, and period photographs and illustrations.

About the Author, Jason Colavito

Jason Colavito is the author or editor of three books on topics including science and horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and horror criticism. He is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his online resource Lost Civilizations Uncovered for debunking claims of fringe archaeology. Colavito currently works as an editor and writer based in Albany, New York.

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Science Fiction Studies

delightful...cleverly related illustrations...the volume complements rather than duplicating existing resources on the field. I hope a companion volume covering the more recent era will be forthcoming

SF Site

a veritable feast...nicely produced

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