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Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, with many of the most central figures appearing over and over again across time and cultures. These figures have starred in the world's most widely read literary works, most popular films, and most captivating television series. Because of their popularity and influence, they have attained iconic status and a special place in the popular imagination. This book overviews 24 of the most significant icons of horror and the supernatural. Included are alphabetically arranged extended entries on the icons. Each entry is written by a leading authority on the subject and is accessible to students and general readers. 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. Each entry discusses the central qualities of the icon and its lasting influence. Included are illustrations, sidebars of interesting information, and extracts from key texts. Entries list works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. 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.
  • Book News Annotation:

    This encyclopedia features topics relating to icons in supernatural and nonsupernatural fiction, their origins in folklore and legend, characteristics, and analysis of their prominence in specific works of literature and film, and in popular culture and society. Joshi, an author of books on the supernatural and other topics, brings together two volumes that contain 11-13 articles each; these are longer than conventional encyclopedia entries (about 30 pages) and presented alphabetically. Topics--discussed by scholars, writers, and other authorities on the subject--include icons such as the alien, angel and demon, devil, curse, ghost, haunted house, immortal, monster, mummy, psychic, sorcerer, vampire, werewolf, and zombie. Quotations and excerpts, and lists of major films and novels, are included in each article. The volumes are aimed at students, general readers, and scholars and avoid any technical jargon from literary criticism. An index is provided in the second volume only.
    Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

    Book News Annotation:

    This encyclopedia features topics relating to icons in supernatural and nonsupernatural fiction, their origins in folklore and legend, characteristics, and analysis of their prominence in specific works of literature and film, and in popular culture and society. Joshi, an author of books on the supernatural and other topics, brings together two volumes that contain 11-13 articles each; these are longer than conventional encyclopedia entries (about 30 pages) and presented alphabetically. Topics--discussed by scholars, writers, and other authorities on the subject--include icons such as the alien, angel and demon, devil, curse, ghost, haunted house, immortal, monster, mummy, psychic, sorcerer, vampire, werewolf, and zombie. Quotations and excerpts, and lists of major films and novels, are included in each article. The volumes are aimed at students, general readers, and scholars and avoid any technical jargon from literary criticism. An index is provided in the second volume only. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

    Synopsis:

    • Entries are written by leading authorities on horror and the supernatural

    • Serves as a port of entry and starting point for students writing papers, helping students understand a lengthy literary and cultural tradition

    • Spans a broad period of time, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King

    • Covers a vast range of cultures

    • Helps students and general readers understand contemporary film, television, and culture

    Synopsis:

    • Overviews a wide range of supernatural lore

    • Entries include sidebars and cite works for further reading

    • Includes a bibliography of important works on horror and the supernatural

    • Illustrations help students visualize the topics of the entries

    Synopsis:

    Extended entries on 24 iconic figures from the world of horror and the supernatural discuss the essential features and enduring significance of these subjects.

    Synopsis:

    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.

    Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, with many of the most central figures appearing over and over again across time and cultures. These figures have starred in the world's most widely read literary works, most popular films, and most captivating television series. Because of their popularity and influence, they have attained iconic status and a special place in the popular imagination. This book overviews 24 of the most significant icons of horror and the supernatural.

    About the Author

    S.T. JOSHI is one of the world's foremost authorities on the supernatural. His many books include Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2005), An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2001), and numerous editions of H.P. Lovecraft's writings.

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780313337802
    Author:
    Joshi, S. T.
    Publisher:
    Greenwood
    Author:
    Joshi, S.
    Subject:
    Horror
    Subject:
    Horror tales
    Subject:
    Horror films
    Subject:
    General Literary Criticism & Collections
    Subject:
    Horror films -- History and criticism.
    Subject:
    Horror tales -- History and criticism.
    Subject:
    Literary Criticism : General
    Series:
    Greenwood Icons
    Publication Date:
    20061231
    Binding:
    HARDCOVER
    Grade Level:
    Professional and scholarly
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    824
    Dimensions:
    10.32x7.36x2.40 in. 4.37 lbs.

    Related Subjects

    Children's » General
    Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
    Reference » General
    Religion » Comparative Religion » General

    Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares (Greenwood Icons) New Hardcover
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    Product details 824 pages Greenwood Press - English 9780313337802 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , • Entries are written by leading authorities on horror and the supernatural

    • Serves as a port of entry and starting point for students writing papers, helping students understand a lengthy literary and cultural tradition

    • Spans a broad period of time, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King

    • Covers a vast range of cultures

    • Helps students and general readers understand contemporary film, television, and culture

    "Synopsis" by , • Overviews a wide range of supernatural lore

    • Entries include sidebars and cite works for further reading

    • Includes a bibliography of important works on horror and the supernatural

    • Illustrations help students visualize the topics of the entries

    "Synopsis" by , Extended entries on 24 iconic figures from the world of horror and the supernatural discuss the essential features and enduring significance of these subjects.
    "Synopsis" by , 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.

    Horror and the supernatural have fascinated people for centuries, with many of the most central figures appearing over and over again across time and cultures. These figures have starred in the world's most widely read literary works, most popular films, and most captivating television series. Because of their popularity and influence, they have attained iconic status and a special place in the popular imagination. This book overviews 24 of the most significant icons of horror and the supernatural.

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