As you know, my Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon book is out now from Titan. I’ve also contributed to The Art of Horror Movies (Elephant), edited by Stephen Jones. There’s a particularly rich crop of genre-related books out at the moment – so I can heartily recommend Jonathan Rigby’s American Gothic (Signum), David J. Skal’s Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker (Norton), Andy Murray’s Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (Headpress), Christopher Frayling’s Frankenstein The First Two Hundred Years (Reel Art), Leslie Klinger’s The New Annotated Frankenstein (Norton), David McGillivray’s Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film (Wolfbait), John Sutherland’s Who is Dracula’s Father? and Other Puzzles in Bram Stoker’s Gothic Masterpiece (Icon), Roger Luckhurst’s The Cambridge Companion to Dracula (Cambridge) and Stephen Bissette’s Cryptid Cinema (SpiderBaby). A few years ago, I foolishly thought that pretty much everything that could be said about the classics of genre had been said, but it strikes me that we’ve entered a new phase of rediscovering (and reinventing) the major arcana of horror and related fields. Several of these books are new, expanded editions of previously-published works. All are worth space on your shelves and Christmas lists.
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