If you can afford to buy one expensive book this year, then you have to get this book. The genre of horror has existed for a longer time than science fiction or fantasy, and so the history lesson that Robert Weinberg gives you is a most interesting and memorable one. Learn how the genre’s roots took place with authors like Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and – of course – Bram Stoker. The horror genre also has a greater scope in content than science fiction or fantasy, with aspects in the paranormal, supernatural, horrific, bizarre, outrageous; many issues are taken up and analyzed that may not have been seen as horror per se in contemporary times, but were in their own time, such as The Scarlet Letter. There are also three major mediums through which the horror genre has been expressed, beginning with the novel and the short story, and then the magazine, and finally television and film. This book tells you what horror is all about.
Originally published on April 8th 2002.
Originally published in the Long Beach Union.