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Titles of Interest - Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History

Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History by David Frankfurter Princeton University Press, 2008 In the 1980s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest […]

Martin and Monster Hunting: Can We Return to the Familiarity of the Old World?

I am working my way through Gregory A. Waller's book The Living and the Undead: Slaying Vampires, Exterminating Zombies (University of Illinois Press, 2010), and came across an interesting quote in relation to the George Romero "vampire" film Martin from 1977. This stylistically self-conscious contemporary story of an American teenage murderer, who may actually be […]

Heather Duda: The Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture

McFarland is one of my favorite publishers and a recent title caught my attention with the publication in 2008 of Heather Duda's The Monster Hunter in Popular Culture. Duda is an assistant professor of English at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio. With this volume she addresses a deficit in the academic literature […]

Forthcoming Interviews on Neglected Aspects of Horror

My research and exploration of the fantastic over the last few months has unearthed some interested gems that touch on neglected aspects of horror. These include the book The Mummy's Curse: Mummymania in the English-Speaking World(Routledge, 2006) by Jasmine Day, a lecturer in Egyptology. Of the various monster archetypes the mummy is one of the most […]

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