A study of the human fascination with horror, both as the subject of popular culture and as a major factor in the history of social development, this book attempts to uncover the essence of what draws us to things that frighten us. Concentrating mostly on films and literature, the author explores the underlying themes of sex and death that permeate so many aspects of modern and ancient culture. From Keats' 'Belle Dame sans Merci' to the exploitatin 'Slasher' films of recent years, this book gets to the very heart of what we do not want to contemplate and traces human socialogical fear back to the oldest and most abhored taboo.
A scholarly work that should be read by anyone with a serious interest in subjects from gothic literature to film studies.
I would suggest Christopher Frayling's excellent book 'Vampyres' as a fine companion piece.