The Thrill of Repulsion: Excursions into Horror Culture
By William Burns
This collection of carefully curated lists, articles, and interviews celebrates the beleaguered horror genre across different media while tracing the history of its acceptance into popular culture. Divided into four sections—Film, Television, Literature & Comic Books, and Music—this book groups horror movies from the Silent Era to today, as well as classic horror books and cult musical albums, into top-13 lists. Enjoy detailed reviews and analysis in categories such as the 13 Most Deranged Horror Director Debuts, the 13 Horror Movie Adaptations That Are Better Than the Book, and the 13 Most Terrifying Horror Film Soundtracks. These chapters, together with in-depth conversations with musicians, demonstrate how horror has penetrated our culture in more ways than we know. Fans of experimental cinema, heavy metal, industrial music, comics, and the occult will be delighted to see their favorite, yet far too often critically marginalized, works of art reviewed with a fresh, exhilarating voice.
For as long as I can remember I have loved to read anything that remotely resembles a horror book, I progressed from Goosebumps to Point Horror to James Herbert and other more obscure authors. As a result I find it very difficult to find a 'horror' film that actually makes me jump. However, my interest in this genre hasn't waned. I was very excited to be given the chance to read and review this collection.
This collection consists of a number of lists compiled from various sources of media, such as film and books. As more of a fan of horror books than film or TV Series I did feel slightly disappointed by the bias towards films.
I did find that it took me quite a while to read because I was constantly stopping to compile my own list of things to watch which I had never even heard of. It was nice to have some choices in there outside of the mainstream. It was definitely food for thought.
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