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Icons of horror and the supernatural; an encyclopedia of our worst nightmares; 2v.


Icons of horror and the supernatural; an encyclopedia of our worst nightmares; 2v.

Ed. by S.T. Joshi.

Greenwood Press


796 pages



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This encyclopedia features topics relating to icons in supernatural and nonsupernatural fiction, their origins in folklore and legend, characteristics, and analysis of their prominence in specific works of literature and film, and in popular culture and society. Joshi, an author of books on the supernatural and other topics, brings together two volumes that contain 11-13 articles each; these are longer than conventional encyclopedia entries (about 30 pages) and presented alphabetically. Topics--discussed by scholars, writers, and other authorities on the subject--include icons such as the alien, angel and demon, devil, curse, ghost, haunted house, immortal, monster, mummy, psychic, sorcerer, vampire, werewolf, and zombie. Quotations and excerpts, and lists of major films and novels, are included in each article. The volumes are aimed at students, general readers, and scholars and avoid any technical jargon from literary criticism. An index is provided in the second volume only.

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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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