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Monsters From The Id: The Rise Of Horror In Fiction And Film

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Jones uncovers the origins of horror in the suffering inflicted by political and sexual revolution. The avenging monster, a mainstay of horror, emerged from the sexual dissolution of the French Revolution (Frankenstein) and thrived in the syphilitic underworld of Victorian England (Dracula). From Nosferatu and Psycho to Alien and Interview with the Vampire, the twentieth ...more
Published June 30th 2000 by Spence Publishing Company
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Mar 28, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it
In this philosophical examination of the modern horror genre, E Michael Jones argues that, from Frankenstein to Alien, the genre rests upon a three-way blend of lust, philosophy, and death.

I'll try to give a brief description of the book's main points. First, Jones argues that much of modern philosophy, especially Enlightenment thought, is an attempt to rationalise lust. Before lust can be acted upon, the moral order must be rendered somehow irrelevant. Philosophy is thus used to repress (Jones'
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The rise of horror fiction in the Western world is a psychological expression of the angst and guilty conscience of Enlightenment man, who is pressed down by his conscience for the sexual revolution. That is the central thrust of Monsters From the Id, written by conservative Roman Catholic "culture warrior" E. Michael Jones, whose book has become rather popular among conservative Christians dealing with literature and cultural issues.

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May 01, 2014 CJ Bowen rated it liked it
"Vampirism and disease are ultimately metaphors for lust, which is a perversion of sexuality into something not life-giving but life-draining." p. 97

Jones identifies a pattern from the book of James that he calls the sex-horror trajectory, the movement from desire to death by way of guilt, metaphorically portrayed as a monster. He then applies this to cultural expressions of horror from Frankenstein and Dracula to Alien and Cronenberg.

The enlightenment is Jones' chief monster, in which man seeks
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I can't possibly summarize this book. You need to read it if you want to understand our culture's fixation on horror in film and fiction!
Mar 12, 2013 Lucas rated it really liked it
E. Michael Jones claims that the monster in horror flicks is us, as a nation, working through our guilt over our sexual sin. Made a lot of sense to me. I appreciate his concluding chapter in particular, which explains why modern critics of horror never get it right. His point, in a nutshell, is that those who come at the horror genre with a commitment to enlightenment/progressive beliefs about sexuality simply can't see that the entire genre is an attack on those very beliefs.

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Jan 02, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
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Quite good. Jones' explanations for horror in modern times are both plausible and insightful. Two faults of the book, however, are that the explanation for horror (suppression of the moral order, particularly sexual morals) is not logically or causally linked with the proposed consequences (horror as a genre), at least not very clearly, but are rather linked intuitively. The second problem is the book needed a rigorous editor (for such things as repeated passages and to improve general clarity) ...more
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Great book about horror in its relation to religion, psychology, and philosophy.
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Catholic writer, former professor at Saint Mary's College in Indiana and the current editor of Culture Wars magazine.

E. Micheal Jones is controversial for his criticism against judaism.
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