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Halloween (Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Science Fiction): Home

A guide to Halloween materials at the MC Library for recreational reading or research.

Featured Books

The Sandman Overture book cover
The Rocky Horror Show Musical
The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham book cover
Digging the Days of the Dead book cover
Dark Thoughts Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror book cover
Interview with the Vampire book cover
Good Omens book cover
Witches of America book cover
Dead Men Do Tell Tales book cover
Gothicka book cover
Misery book cover
Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life book cover
Projected Fears book cover
Special Effects Make-Up book cover
Halloween An American Holiday, an American History book cover

Horror Movies in Kanopy

Horror in Kanopy

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Featured Films: Kanopy

Defining Horror in Literature and Film

A subgenre of gothic fiction in which supernatural events, occult forces, macabre effects, and obsessive introspection are combined with chilling suspense to produce visceral sensations of fear and revulsion in the reader. Ghosts, hallucinations, monsters, mummies, nightmares, witches, werewolves, vampires, demons, and black magic are common themes. Rooted in the gothic novel of the 18th and 19th centuries, early literary examples include Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein (1818), Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), and Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. In motion pictures, the earliest examples are The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) directed by Robert Wiene and Nosferatu (1922) by F.W. Murnau, classics of German expressionism. More recent examples include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and Rod Serling's television series The Twilight Zone. The contemporary master of horror fiction is Stephen King. Extreme graphic horror has been dubbed splatterpunk. Synonymous with weird fantasy. - Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science (ODLIS)

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The Gothic in Literature

The History of Horror in Film