The Monster Stares Back: How Human We Remain through Horror’s Looking Glass (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015), edited by Mark Chekares and Marcia Heloisa When we look at monsters from a safe distance, it is nothing but a glance. To preserve our pristine human identity, whenever we find the monstrous Other, we search for difference, not similarity. […]
"Expanding the Scope of Horror"; special journal issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities Humanities Education and Research Association Fall 2016: Expanding the Scope of Horror Guest Editors: Edmund Cueva and William Novak The proposed set of essays and book reviews would have as its main objective to offer a new practical model for research and analysis as […]
I am really looking forward to this one coming out in October this year, Crimson Peak, by Guillermo del Toro.
Sound is arguably one of the most fear-provoking aspects of horror. Ghost stories and horror films employ sonic tropes such as creaking floor boards, sudden loud thumps, or ephemeral children's choirs in order to enhance suspense through the evocation of unseen terror. "The spectre of sound", as Kevin Donnelly has called it, creeps up on […]
Kevin Wetmore, who I have interviewed on this blog previously on his book Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema, let me know that the forthcoming issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly 84.1 (Winter 2014) has an interesting focus. It will explore horror in society. Here is the Table of Contents: Endangered Scholars Worldwide pp. […]
The Babadook has received a lot of praise since its appearance at Sundance in 2014.It comes out of Australia through director Jennifer Kent who also wrote the story. Appreciation for this film has gone so far as to laud this as the best horror film of the decade, and one that might help improve the […]
Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror (McFarland, 2013), edited by Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland This groundbreaking collection of new essays presents critical reflections on teaching horror film and fiction in many different ways and in a variety of academic settings--from cultural theory to film studies; from women's and gender studies to […]
Have you heard about the forthcoming independent horror film Nosferatu that will star Doug Jones? TheoFantastique will be interviewing the director David Lee Fisher soon. Take a look at the trailer and consider getting involved in their Kickstarter campaign to finance this film.
The Harvard Crimson has an interesting essay posted titled "The Aesthetics of Horror: an investigative essay into the value of artistic representations of gore." After beginning with a considertaion of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes' painting "Saturn Devouring His Son," the analysis begins. Here's an excerpt from this thoughtful piece: In other words, is […]
This post is a guest essay from Brandon Engel. For the average baby boomer movie-goer, John Carpenter will always be the answer to the the trivia question, "who wrote and directed the horror classic Halloween (1978)?” For film aficionados of any generation, Carpenter will be know as a film artist who crafted some of the […]