Creed's book draws on Freudian psychoanalysis to examine the horror film. She performs close textual analysis of key horror films including Carrie, The Exorcist, Psycho and Alien. This book is sometimes hard to read, and the concepts of psychoanlaysis that she draws on are often dubious. However, some of her arguments regarding the construction of the monstrous feminine in horror in relation to women as mothers, witches, vampires and so on is certainly interesting. One word of warning to potential readers is that the book, being a decade old, does not consider more recent horror films. Other than that though, this is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the horror genre, or in film studies in general.
This is a scholarly work which deals with one aspect of Gothic Literature, now becoming another field for writers to explore - but in writing fiction one need to have the academic side of the subject under your belt.. In other words you must have the knowledge and be able to show it.