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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734525
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a great introduction to the key themes of this much-maligned sub-genre, and one that wants you to go out and watch the films again"
--Steve Gerrard- Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

"Well-informed and humorous, it's a colourful overview that will gen up newbies on all the essentials, and send seasoned gorehounds scampering to YouTube to hunt obscure trailers" --SFX Magazine, October 2010

"...insightful and enjoyable, with Kerswell's enthusiasm for the subject pouring off the page" -- FrightFest E-Zine, October 2010

"it's the best resource book slasher fans can get their bloody hands on" -- Retroslashers Blog, October 2010

"Rammed with lots of info, and a fantastic, thoughtful, vibrant read for anyone who loves horror...I can't recommend it highly enough" -- Battle Royale With Cheese blog, October 2010

"With comparative ease Teenage Wasteland outperforms the competition just by the nature of its evident love for it."
-- Hudsonlee.com, October 2010

"Teenage Wasteland is the definitive book on the slasher genre yet released... a must buy for horror fans"
-- Little White Lies, October 2010

About the Author

J. A. Kerswell became obsessed by slashers as a teen. He now runs Hysteria Lives, the leading slasher website in Europe and America. He lives in Bristol. http://www.hysteria-lives.co.uk/

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Cross on 27 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
As a huge fan of slasher movies I first came across this book whilst searching for slasher movies. I looked at this book which led me to purchasing it for my own self curiousity of slasher cinema of the 80s. I read the book from start to finish in one whole day - honestly, I was that hooked by the history of slasher cinema that I couldn't put it down. The more I read, the more I wanted to know so I read on and on and I discovered all the infomation I was looking for. The author of this book has obviously pain-stakingly researched the sub-genre thoroughly and accurately which is comfort to me, you feel in safe hands with the history knowing it's from a devoted fan.

As for the artwork, it is simply amazing and beautiful - some artwork I have never seen in my life which I would love to have scattered across my bedroom walls! So, I now have years of slasher history stuck in my brain, which is what I wanted in the first place. It's a beautiful book that has given me more of a drive to purchase and discover more slasher movies to add to my currently small collection.

If you like slasher movies, or want to learn more about slasher movies or if you just generally like horror video/poster box art - it's definately worth your time. It could also be useful to media and film studies students.

Purchase a copy - it won't disappoint =].
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ross (Anchorwoman In Peril!) on 3 Oct 2010
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The previous reviewer was spot-on: meticulously inclusive and beautifully designed, this really IS the definitive book on slasher movies. I thought I knew all there was to know about the genre, having been glued to the likes of Slumber Party Massacre since the age of 12, but Teenage Wasteland has had me trawling Amazon and eBay in the hope of finding various obscure gems I'd previously overlooked. As well as the expected extensive delve into Halloween, Friday The 13th and so on, there's a generous but relevant diversion into Euro-horror and - something I found truly fascinating - a look back at early and classic-era Hollywood as seen through the trained eye of a slasher fan (I now NEED to see 1932's Thirteen Women!).

As you'd expect if you've ever visited the author's website Hysteria Lives!, the writing here is as witty and entertaining as it is informative, reminding me of one of my other favourite "horror history" books, Kim Newman's superb Nightmare Movies, which this book is easily on a par with. There's no pompous academic posturing, just a genuine, infectious love of slashers, brimming with enough trivia, insight and background info to satisfy even the geekiest at heart. As for the illustrations, I admit to being blown away by the rarely-seen posters and stills that pepper every page - obviously a lifetime's worth of collecting and the thing that really sets this apart from other slasher-themed books. An essential purchase for horror fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Petzl on 3 Sep 2012
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I saw this and ordered, really looked forward to reading this. But it was not very well written. It had an 'essay written for school' kind of feel to it. The posters and artwork in the book were pretty good though. But I didn't really read anything new in this book that I did not know before, which made it a bit disappointing. This book could have been so much more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seabiscuit on 6 Oct 2010
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As a big fan of the slasher genre (and the author's outstanding web-site), I have waited for this book with excitement and anticipation for an age. And oh I was not disappointed!
This is an exceptional book - beautifully packaged and born out of love, respect and pure enjoyment of the slasher. And how the memories came flooding back... my own teenage years happily spent watching and jumping and thrilling as yet another sexy teen falls prey to the cleaver...oh happy day!
I will be ordering aquite a few more copies of this book as Xmas approaches. My Nan may not know what has hit her!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2010
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Which isn't to say it isn't a fun book to read because it is. It's also very superficial being more of a survey with brief critical comments. The structure is basically sound: the roots of the slasher movie, the golden age of the slasher movie, the post-golden age of the slasher movie. But it's also where it falls down.

Far too little space is allocated to the third section, particularly new millenium slashers which leads him to gloss over excellent slashers like Hatchet and Cold Prey 2, though he does acknowledge the quality of the latter -a couple of pages analysing why Cold Prey and CP2 are so good and why the sequel is better would have been interesting. There is also a brief section of golden age slasher reviews which pretty much regurgitates what he's written earlier about the movies and the space would have better been spent on -well, I think you've guessed what I was going to say.

This is a likeable and colourful book but also something of a missed opportunity and it could have been so much better -the 4 star rating is me being generous. A little more critical analysis wouldn't have hurt either.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.P on 30 Dec 2010
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This isn't a "bad" review by any means, I enjoyed the book enough to recommend that any fan should have a look at it. All the basics are here, i.e. the history and influences behind slasher films and some brief reviews of the most popular or notable ones. There are a few suprises here even for knowledgable fans who know their stuff.
However, there are some bad points too, which knocks off a hefty 2 stars from this review.
The first being the depth of the research, which is good no doubt, but is also quite superficial and just abouts scratches the surface of what could have been said. You can literally read through it in 2 hours.
I agree with the 4 star reviewer; that more should have been said about later era slashers, which leads me on to the second point. The author being the age he is, has a typical bias for the "classics", which result in inevitable (and irrelevant) stabs at newer films, and possibly explains the thinly written end section of the book.
The last problem I had was with the sheer size of the book itself. The ratio between content:size is massively skewed. The squareness of the thing also makes for some dodgey carrying and reading. I suppose they wanted to show off the colour pictures inside, but I would have preferred to save the paper.
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