This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers.
Half Title Page.
Guide to Related Topics.
Introduction: Spookhouses, Catharsis, and Dark Consolations.
Timeline of Horror Literature Through History.
Horror through History.
1: Horror in the Ancient World.
2: Horror in the Middle Ages.
3: Horror in the Early Modern Era.
4: Horror in the Eighteenth Century.
5: Horror in the Nineteenth Century.
6: Horror from 1900 to 1950.
7: Horror from 1950 to 2000.
8: Horror in the Twenty-First Century.
Themes, Topics, and Genres.
9: Apocalyptic Horror.
11: Gender, Sexuality, and the Monsters of Literary Horror.
12: Ghost Stories.
13: The Gothic Literary Tradition.
14: Gothic Poetry.
15: Horror Anthologies.
16: Horror Comics.
17: Horror Criticism.
18: Horror Literature and Science Fiction.
19: Horror Literature as Social Criticism and Commentary.
20: Horror Literature in the Internet Age.
21: Horror Publishing, 1975–1995: the Boom Years.
22: Horror Video Games.
23: The Legacy of Frankenstein: from Gothic Novel to Cultural Myth.
24: Occult Fiction.
25: Page to Screen: the Influence of Literary Horror On Film and Television.
26: Religion, Horror, and the Supernatural.
27: Shakespearean Horrors.
28: Small Press, Specialty, and Online Horror.
29: Vampire Fiction from Dracula to Lestat and Beyond.
30: Weird and Cosmic Horror Fiction.
31: Young Adult Horror Fiction.
Reference Entries (Authors, Works, and Specialized Topics).