The Birth of the American Horror Film


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Literature
Chapter 2: Theatre
Chapter 3: Visual Culture
Chapter 4: Moving Pictures
Chapter 5: Devils
Chapter 6: Witches
Chapter 7: Ghosts
Chapter 8: Supernatural Creatures
Chapter 9: Death, Murder, and Execution
Chapter 10: Evolution and Devolution
Chapter 11: The Other(s)
Chapter 12: The Powers of the Mind
Chapter 13: Mad Scientists
Chapter 14: American Literature Onscreen
Chapter 15: Exhibition and Reception

About the Author

Gary D. Rhodes, Ph.D., currently serves as Postgraduate Director for Film Studies at the Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Lugosi (1997), White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film (2002), Emerald Illusions: The Irish in Early American Cinema (2012) and The Perils of Moviegoing in America (2012). Rhodes is also the writer-director of the documentary films Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) and Banned in Oklahoma (2004). Currently he is at work on a history of the American horror film to 1915, as well as a biography of William Fox.


The Birth of the American Horror Film is a handsome book filled with reproductions of film stills, photographs and illustrations. Rhodes' work triggers a cumulative effect of wide-ranging association. One is left with a comprehensive overview of numerous related topics in the service of a measured thesis. I read with interest and pleasure, as Rhodes's prose if remarkably lucid, his considerations important. --Anne Golden "Monstrum "

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