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'Living in Fear' unearths images overlooked or forgotten in the history of the movies, literature, comics, radio, theatre, and television. Guaranteed to send a frisson through the most jaded horror fan, here are a host of insights and leads for the student of popular culture and hours of entertainment for fans of Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other contemporary terror 'Living in Fear' unearths images overlooked or forgotten in the history of the movies, literature, comics, radio, theatre, and television. Guaranteed to send a frisson through the most jaded horror fan, here are a host of insights and leads for the student of popular culture and hours of entertainment for fans of Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other contemporary terror inspirers.


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'Living in Fear' unearths images overlooked or forgotten in the history of the movies, literature, comics, radio, theatre, and television. Guaranteed to send a frisson through the most jaded horror fan, here are a host of insights and leads for the student of popular culture and hours of entertainment for fans of Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other contemporary terror 'Living in Fear' unearths images overlooked or forgotten in the history of the movies, literature, comics, radio, theatre, and television. Guaranteed to send a frisson through the most jaded horror fan, here are a host of insights and leads for the student of popular culture and hours of entertainment for fans of Stephen King, John Carpenter, and other contemporary terror inspirers.

30 review for Living In Fear: A History Of Horror In The Mass Media

  1. 5 out of 5

    Doris Sutherland

    Les Daniels is remembered mainly for his writing for and about comics, but he also wrote Living in Fear (title shortened to Fear for paperback), which is the single best overview of horror that I’ve ever read. Okay, it was published in 1975, so it’s a few decades out of date, but it more than makes up with this for its sheer breadth of scope in examining horror’s history. Daniels covers literature, cinema, television, theatre, music, comics and even religious tracts; his analysis kicks off in ea Les Daniels is remembered mainly for his writing for and about comics, but he also wrote Living in Fear (title shortened to Fear for paperback), which is the single best overview of horror that I’ve ever read. Okay, it was published in 1975, so it’s a few decades out of date, but it more than makes up with this for its sheer breadth of scope in examining horror’s history. Daniels covers literature, cinema, television, theatre, music, comics and even religious tracts; his analysis kicks off in earnest with the gothic novels of the 18th century and continues up to the 1970s. Horace Walpole, Vampirella, Bram Stoker, John Zacherle and depressing pop songs about dead teenagers each have a part to play in the grand narrative. He also reprints a few classic horror stories, each one representing its general period. Well worth tracking down if you want a thorough assessment of how the horror genre took shape.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Williwaw

    This is a generously illustrated book, which contains b&w reproductions of classic and pulp illustrations, movie stills, paintings, engravings, historic frontispieces, and even a complete E.C. Comics horror story! It is a scholarly treatment of the horror genre, in all its historic manifestations. Most chapters include an exemplary short story, to give the reader a first-hand experience of the source materials which Daniels has drawn upon. Authors include Poe, Machen, Lovecraft, Bierce, and Jose This is a generously illustrated book, which contains b&w reproductions of classic and pulp illustrations, movie stills, paintings, engravings, historic frontispieces, and even a complete E.C. Comics horror story! It is a scholarly treatment of the horror genre, in all its historic manifestations. Most chapters include an exemplary short story, to give the reader a first-hand experience of the source materials which Daniels has drawn upon. Authors include Poe, Machen, Lovecraft, Bierce, and Joseph Payne Brennan. I'm sad to report that the author, celebrated as the first historian of the comic book, passed away in November of 2011. I just read the first 50 pages or so of "Living in Fear." It is well-written and enlightening. Definitely a keeper!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    Great study of horror in popular culture, literature and film from the distant past to the early 1980's, interspersed with some terrific, if sometimes familiar shorts horror stories. Well worth a look. Les Daniels, who recently passed wrote with a light touch, but was always extremely informative and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through on every page. Great study of horror in popular culture, literature and film from the distant past to the early 1980's, interspersed with some terrific, if sometimes familiar shorts horror stories. Well worth a look. Les Daniels, who recently passed wrote with a light touch, but was always extremely informative and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through on every page.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Satyros Brucato

    I got this book as a kid in the mid-1970s, and it opened my world to Lovecraft, Tarot, the Golden Dawn, Ambrose Bierce, Gothic literature, the Decadent art movement, and so very much more. The single best book I've read on the subject, LIVING IN FEAR is dated, but crying out for a revised edition. I got this book as a kid in the mid-1970s, and it opened my world to Lovecraft, Tarot, the Golden Dawn, Ambrose Bierce, Gothic literature, the Decadent art movement, and so very much more. The single best book I've read on the subject, LIVING IN FEAR is dated, but crying out for a revised edition.

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