Rocky Wood and illustrator Glenn Chadbourne have created a truly unique and utterly compelling brief history of horror in this lovely book. The text by Wood, which begins with a discussion of FRANKENSTEIN and goes onto cover such diverse topics as Shakespeare, the Gothic novel, BEOWULF, and Dracula, is illuminating and informed, offering both background and synopsis for each of the major works. The touch of poetry in Wood's words is perfectly matched by Chadbourne's illustrations, which are detailed and appropriately grotesque. Even the choice of font for the text is thoughtful and appropriate. This is a book that can be read cover to cover, or simply paged through and savored in small sections. Bravo!