By S. T. Joshi
Horror and the supernatural have interested humans for hundreds of years, with the various so much valuable figures showing time and again throughout time and cultures. those figures have starred within the world's most generally learn literary works, preferred motion pictures, and so much beautiful tv sequence. as a result of their recognition and effect, they've got attained iconic prestige and a distinct position within the renowned mind's eye. This booklet overviews 24 of the main major icons of horror and the supernatural. integrated are alphabetically prepared prolonged entries at the icons. every one access is written by means of a number one authority at the topic and is offered to scholars and normal readers. one of the icons mentioned are: * The Alien * The Angel and The Demon * The Cosmic Horror * The Curse * The Cthulhu Mythos * The satan * The Doppelganger * The Ghost * The Ghoul * The Haunted condo * The Immortal * The Monster * the mother * The Psychic * the ocean Creature * The Serial Killer * The Siren * The Small city Horror * The Sorcerer * The city Horror * The Vampire * The Werewolf * The Witch * And The Zombie. each one access discusses the imperative features of the icon and its lasting impact. integrated are illustrations, sidebars of fascinating details, and extracts from key texts. Entries checklist works for extra analyzing, and the Encyclopedia closes with a particular, normal bibliography. positive aspects and merits: * Overviews quite a lot of supernatural lore. * Entries are written via major professionals on horror and the supernatural. * considerably longer than conventional encyclopedia entries, yet now not as long or intimidating as books, the essays are definitely the right measurement for pupil examine. * Serves as a port of access and start line for college students writing papers. * Entries contain sidebars and cite works for extra analyzing. * encompasses a bibliography of significant works on horror and the supernatural. * Spans a extensive time period, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. * Illustrations aid scholars visualize the themes of the entries. * Covers an enormous variety of cultures. * is helping scholars comprehend a long literary and cultural culture. * Fosters an appreciation for cultural range. * Encourages scholars to analyze subject matters of well known curiosity. * is helping scholars and normal readers comprehend modern movie, tv, and tradition. * helps the literature curriculum through aiding scholars relate quite often taught literary works to modern tradition.
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