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Classic horror films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray are based on famous novels. Less well known--even to avid horror fans--are the many other memorable films based on literary works. Beginning in the silent era and continuing to the present, numerous horror films found their inspiration in novels, novellas, short stories and poems, though many Classic horror films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray are based on famous novels. Less well known--even to avid horror fans--are the many other memorable films based on literary works. Beginning in the silent era and continuing to the present, numerous horror films found their inspiration in novels, novellas, short stories and poems, though many of these written works are long forgotten. This book examines 43 works of literature--from the famous to the obscure--that provided the basis for 62 horror films. Both the written works and the films are analyzed critically, with an emphasis on the symbiosis between the two. Background on the authors and their writings is provided.


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Classic horror films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray are based on famous novels. Less well known--even to avid horror fans--are the many other memorable films based on literary works. Beginning in the silent era and continuing to the present, numerous horror films found their inspiration in novels, novellas, short stories and poems, though many Classic horror films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray are based on famous novels. Less well known--even to avid horror fans--are the many other memorable films based on literary works. Beginning in the silent era and continuing to the present, numerous horror films found their inspiration in novels, novellas, short stories and poems, though many of these written works are long forgotten. This book examines 43 works of literature--from the famous to the obscure--that provided the basis for 62 horror films. Both the written works and the films are analyzed critically, with an emphasis on the symbiosis between the two. Background on the authors and their writings is provided.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    Not terrible, but not great either. A bit dry, and a rather slow read, this book manages to give away important plot points of various horror stories and movies while also not telling all the gruesome details, which makes many of the tales sound somewhat bland. It's obvious that a lot of time went into writing this book, but much of it reads a lot like a college essay. Definitely not the best I've read, and not (in my case) worth finishing. Better as a reference, or if read in small chunks. Not terrible, but not great either. A bit dry, and a rather slow read, this book manages to give away important plot points of various horror stories and movies while also not telling all the gruesome details, which makes many of the tales sound somewhat bland. It's obvious that a lot of time went into writing this book, but much of it reads a lot like a college essay. Definitely not the best I've read, and not (in my case) worth finishing. Better as a reference, or if read in small chunks.

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