Horror: A Literary History is the book horror readers and students need. It will hold you in its grip, leaving you replete with invaluable information about the range, longevity and mutations of the horror genre as it consistently forces you to engage with serious cultural and personal issues.Horror is unlike any other literary genre. It seeks to provoke uniquely strong reactions, such as fear, shock, dread or disgust, and yet remains very popular. It also crosses media, manifesting in narrative forms such as graphic vels and video games. Its characters and trends routinely escape the confines of given texts and become part of the zeitgeist. Of course, horror is most readily associated with the film industry, but horrific short stories and vels have been wildly loved by readers for well over two centuries. Despite its persistent popularity, there is up-to-date history of horror fiction for the general reader.This ground-breaking new book is the first comprehensive history of horror fiction to take readers from the first Gothic vel in 1764 to the 'new weird', and beyond, in the early 21st century.It offers a chrological overview of the genre in fiction and explores its development and mutations over the past 250 years. It also challenges the common misjudgement that horror fiction is necessarily frivolous or dispensable. Leading experts on Gothic and horror literature introduce readers to classics of the genre as well as exciting texts they may t have encountered before.The topics examined include: horror's roots in the Gothic romance and antebellum American fiction; the penny dreadful and sensation vels of Victorian England; fin-de-siecle ghost stories; decadent fiction and the weird; the familial horrors of the Cold War era; the publishing boom of the 1980s; the establishment of contemporary horror auteurs; and the post-millennial zombie trend
Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Body Gothic (UWP, 2014) and Horror Film and Affect (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor of Digital Horror (I.B. Tauris, 2015). Xavier is also the editor of UWP's Horror Studies series, the first dedicated exclusively to the genre in all its manifestations.