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Introduction So You Like Being Scared? The Popularity of Horror When the Haunted House Looks Like the Fun House: The Horror Fan Each Reader His/Her Own Monster: Who Reads This Book and What It Contains Chapter 1: Story Plot Types The Plot Thickens: Complex Plots Let's Twist Again: Plot Twists, Turnabouts, and Inversions I Myself Am Hell: The Monster in the Mirror He Said, She Said, It Said: Adaptations and Alternate Fictions You Don't See THAT Every Day: Unique Story Lines Endings The Big Bang: Stories with Intense, Climactic Endings We're Doomed! Doooooomed!: Dark, Foreboding Endings Uh, What Just Happened?: Ambiguous Endings I Just Couldn't Put It Down: Sweet Dreams Chapter 2: Mood and Atmosphere I'm in the Mood For.... Side Splitting Maniacs and Demons That Like to Raise Hell: Comic Horror Ewww, That's Gross, Read It Again!: The Gory Story I'm Too Sexy for My Fangs: Erotic Horror Mind Benders: Intellectual Horror Fear Factors A Dark and Stormy Night: Haunting and Atmospheric I Think I Hear Something: Disturbing Reads Hey, Let's Poke It With a Stick: Morbidly Fascinating Bring Out Your Dead: Gruesome and Disgusting What's the Matter? Scared of Something?: The Truly Terrifying Horror for All Occasions Is That Michael Myers at the Window?: Halloween Horror Death takes a Holiday: Horror About Other Holidays Home Alone Meets Scream: He Knows When You're Alone Uh, It's Just the Wind, Right?: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Travle Horror Chapter 3: Setting Places, Everyone Home Is Where the Horror Is: Haunted Houses That's Probably Where They'll Bury Me: Small Town Horror Middle Class Mania: Suburban Scares Graffiti and Gore: Bright Lights, Big City The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep: Wilderness Adventures, Horror Style The Well-Traveled Victim: Horror in Exotic Locales Way, Way Out: Other Worlds, Alternate Universes Timing Is Everything The Way Back Machine: Historical Horror Coming Soon to a Nightmare Near You: Future Shocks Chapter 4: Character Ah! The Humanity! Innocent¿And Not So Innocent¿Bystanders: Monster Makers and Unwilling Victims I Need a Hero: Psychic Detectives, Monster Killers, and Vampire Hunters Hey, You Look Much Smaller on TV: Historical and Famous Characters The Ghouls All Came from Their Humble Abodes: Monsters and Maniacs They're Creepy and They're Spooky: Our Favorite Monsters With Humans Like These, Who Needs the Supernatural?: Maniacs and Sociopaths Chapter 5: Language Description You Can Almost Taste the Blood: Lush, Vivid Detail Say What You Mean to Say: Spare and Austere Language Think Before You Speak, and After: Reflective Horror Dialogue All You Do Is Talk Talk: Lots of Interactive Dialogue Giving As Good As They Get: Witty Repartee Get This Down: First Person Confessional Pacing Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma'am: Fast Paced, Action Packed Language Slow Agonies: Pensive, Plodding Stories Appendix A: Horror on Film Books Made Into Films Classics Modern Classics Remakes Slasher Films Mainstream Horror Cult Classics Original (and Influential) Stories Classics Modern Classics Remakes Slasher Films Mainstream Horror Cult Classics Appendix B: Series Titles Appendix C: Genreblends Indexes Author Title
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Fiction in libraries -- United States.
Horror fiction, American -- Bibliography.
Horror fiction -- Bibliography.
Readers' advisory services -- United States.
Public libraries -- United States -- Book lists.