A nicely written book on the history of horror in cinema with the emphasis placed upon Western audiences although with some references to particularly influential foreign cinema also.
Probably half or more of the book is pictures, some well covered such as James Whale paint brush in hand 'touching-up' Karloff in Frankensteins monster garb but there are a lot of nice stills from films, publicity shots and great behind the scenes images such as Tobe Hooper aiding Leatherface out of shot by lifting 'girl soon to be on meathook' from behind her that I hadn't seen before. Also a particularly good photo of Tippi Hedren on the set of the birds in a phone booth inside studio with birds all over the set and cast crew ushering birds in her direction.
Each chapter begins with the authors writing an essay on the section concerned; the wider social contexts and features on some of the more notable films which best illustrate their point.
Chapters are as follows:
Introduction: What is 'Horror'?
1. Slashers and Serial Killers
2. Cannibals, Freaks and Hillbillies
3. Revenge of Nature and Environnmental Horror
4. Science-Fiction Horror
5. The Living Dead
6. Ghosts and Haunted Houses
7. Possession, Demons and Tricksters
8. Voodoo, Cults and Satanists
9. Vampires and Werewolves
10. The Monstrous-Feminine
There is also a basic, short Filmography which just covers 10 of the films already covered in the book and a cinematic Chronology. There are lots of omissions obviously but what it covers it does very well, the writing is interesting and the pictures really express a lot of what's great about the genre.