Exploring the essence of what it is that makes horror literature frightening, Renehan discusses monsters, the supernatural and all things terrifying. Referring to the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, Stephen King and Shirley Jackson this is an introduction to the popular genre and our eternal fascination with scary stuff.
Subtitled, ‘Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction’, this is very much a book for students of the genre, so it’s hardly surprising that I found the tone a little scholarly at times. However, Renehan’s use of examples from classic horror writers helped illustrate his points and while he doesn’t go into as much detail as I’d have liked, he does provide an overall idea of why horror fiction continues to hold our attention.
Less appealing than I expected, this book left me feeling that I’d missed something, so not one I’m likely to return to any time soon.
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