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TV Horror: Investigating the Darker Side of the Small Screen

TV Horror: Investigating the Darker Side of the Small Screen
Lorna Jowett, Stacey Abbott

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Horror is a universally popular, pervasive TV genre, with shows like True Blood, Being Human, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story making a bloody splash across our television screens. This complete, utterly accessible, sometimes scary new book is the definitive work on TV horror. It shows how this most adaptable of genres has continued to be a part of the broadcast landscape, unsettling audiences and pushing the boundaries of acceptability. The authors demonstrate how TV Horror continues to provoke and terrify audiences by bringing the monstrous and the supernatural into the home, whether through adaptations of Stephen King and classic horror novels, or by reworking the gothic and surrealism in Twin Peaks and Carnivale. They uncover horror in mainstream television from procedural dramas to children's television and, through close analysis of landmark TV auteurs including Rod Serling, Nigel Kneale, Dan Curtis and Stephen Moffat, together with case studies of such shows as Dark Shadows, Dexter, Pushing Daisies, Torchwood, and Supernatural, they explore its evolution on television.

This book is a must-have for those studying TV Genre as well as for anyone with a taste for the gruesome and the macabre.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Horror Begins at Home

Chapter 1 | The TV in TV Horror: Production and Broadcast Contexts
Chapter 2 |Mainstreaming Horror
Chapter 3 | Shaping Horror: From Single Play to Serial Drama
Chapter 4 | Adaptation: Translating Horror Tales
Chapter 5 | The Horror Auteur
Chapter 6 | Revising the Gothic
Chapter 7 | The Excess of TV Horror
Chapter 8 | Horror, Art and Disruption
Chapter 9 | TV as Horror
Chapter 10 | The Monster in Our Living Room: From Barnabas Collins to Dexter Morgan

Conclusion: The Road So Far

Author Info

Lorna Jowett is Reader in Television Studies at the University of Northampton, where she teaches some of her favourite things, including horror, science fiction and television. She is the author of Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan (2005) and recent publications cover Angel, Supernatural, Pushing Daisies and representation in cult television. Stacey Abbott is Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of Roehampton and is the author of Celluloid Vampires (2007) and the editor of The Cult TV Book (I.B. Tauris, 2010). Recent publications cover Angel, Alias, Supernatural, Dexter, True Blood and Torchwood. She is General Editor of the Investigating Cult TV Series at I.B.Tauris.

Review

‘A fascinating and indepth look at TV horror, a genre often considered inferior to its cinematic older sibling in most writing, and it has been fairly neglected in academic evaluation until now. Some of the examples here will bring joy to fans of television as well as chilling reminders of some of the more difficult and nostalgic shows, with Dark Shadows, Twin Peaks, Stephen King's It, Kingdom Hospital, The Outer Limits, Boris Karloff's Thriller, Night Gallery, The Quatermass Experiment and Blood Ties all getting a thorough analysis... Jowett and Abbott have covered considerable ground here, proving that the genre is ready for reassessment.’
Cinema Retro

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Investigating Cult TV Series

Paperback
ISBN: 9781848856189
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2012
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 14 bw integrated illustrations

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