on 18 November 1998
I did some research on Horror for my degree and can honestly say that this was the most informative book on the subject that I have read. Covers narrative plotting, a very interesting theory on art-horror, art-suspense as opposed to the ordinary horror, suspense we feel in everyday lives.
Clear, precise and persuasive from beginning to end. I put it right up there with Mamet's 'On Directing Film'.
If you`re looking into horror, get it. You certainly won`t be disappointed.
on 15 August 1999
I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some theoretical insight into the horror genre. I did my Master's thesis on supernatural horror in literature and film and this is by far the best book I have found on the subject. Carroll's unobtrusive style and genuine interest in popular culture make his book a very pleasant read, yet I have found The Philosophy of Horror to be much superior to the writings of Freud, Todorov, or Kristeva on related topics. A must.