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Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, 2 Vols

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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 Th ...more
Hardcover, 824 pages
Published December 30th 2006 by Greenwood
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Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This is a superb introduction to the history of the supernatural in various media. Each article is approximately 12K words long, and many of the contributing authors include lists of seminal works of literature and film for further reading, as well as other more in-depth works of nonfiction for those interested in more detailed analysis.

That said, I found some of the selections to be a bit uneven. There were two articles that focused largely on the writings and influence of HP Lovecraft ("The Co
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Xexets
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read only a couple of entries, which are detailed enough and very well presented.
An interesting tool to begin a research on the literary/cinematic representation of paranormal creatures.
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Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was let down by a couple of inadequate essays, most notably the one on ghost stories, which lacked historical perspective and critical acumen.
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Sunand Tryambak Joshi (b. 22 June 1958 in Pune, India) is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors. Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft (H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, 1996), Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James, and has edited collections ...more