10 Must Read Horror Film Books

A Listmania! list by Simon Martin (Reading, UK)
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Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
1.  Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s by Kim Newman
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  "The greatest horror movie book every written. Newman's trademark wit and enthusiasm shine forth from every page. One of the best books I've ever read!"
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Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents
2.  Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents by Stephen Thrower
The list author says:
  "Thrower's love letter to American exploitation movies is a massive and all consuming work that demands  to be read. Definitive, awe inspiring and strangely moving. This is one of the best books on cinemas that I have ever read."
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Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Movies: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema
3.  Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Movies: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema by Jamie Russell
The list author says:
  "Another fantastic bok from FAB Press. Very well written and comprehensive. Worth checking out."
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Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Invented Modern Horror
4.  Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman
The list author says:
  "This fascinating study of the evolution of horror films associated with the American Nightmare period offers a mine of fascinating information. It treats film makers such as Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven with the respect and seriousness they deserve."
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The Exorcist (BFI Modern Classics)
5.  The Exorcist (BFI Modern Classics) by Mark Kermode
The list author says:
  "Kermode's analysis of his favourite movie is shot through with enthusiasm and respect. A must read!"
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The Art of the Nasty
6.  The Art of the Nasty by Marc Morris
The list author says:
  "A great collection of Video Nasy era VHS cover art. Get one soon before this becomes a collector's item."
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Horror!: 333 Films to Scare you to Death
7.  Horror!: 333 Films to Scare you to Death by James Marriott
The list author says:
  "A wide ranging survey of horror films since cinema began. A brilliant read that points you in the direction of some obscure titles that are great to watch."
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Seduction of the Gullible: The Truth Behind the Video Nasty Scandal
8.  Seduction of the Gullible: The Truth Behind the Video Nasty Scandal by John Martin
The list author says:
  "John Martin's excellent study of the Video Nasty scandal is a Dark Side Magazine special. It offers an in depth chronology as well as reviews of all titles banned under the VRA."
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Beyond Terror: Films of Lucio Fulci
9.  Beyond Terror: Films of Lucio Fulci by Stephen Edward Thrower
The list author says:
  "Another mighty work from the genius that is Stephen Thrower. An exhaustive study into the work of Lucio Fulci that even manages to rehabilitate the reviled 'New York Ripper'"
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English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema
10.  English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby
The list author says:
  "Rigby's amazing history of English horror offers an excellent survey into a huge number of films. It is a delight to read his analysis of the contribution of Peter Cushing - one of the greatest English actors of the 20 th Century."
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