The Frighteners

The Frighteners Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore

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The Frighteners follows the quest of Peter Laws, a Baptist minister with a penchant for the macabre, to understand why so many people love things that are spooky, morbid and downright repellent. He meets vampires, hunts werewolves in Hull, talks to a man who has slept on a mortuary slab to help him deal with a diagnosis, and is chased by a chainsaw-wielding maniac through a farmhouse full of hanging bodies.

Staring into the darkness of a Transylvanian night, he asks: What is it that makes millions of people seek to be disgusted and freaked out? And, in a world that worships rationality and points an accusing finger at violent video games and gruesome films, can an interest in horror culture actually give us safe ways to confront our mortality? Might it even have power to re-enchant our jaded world?

Grab your crucifixes, pack the silver bullets, and join the Sinister Minister on his romp into our morbid curiosities.

Book information

ISBN: 9781785782206
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Imprint: Icon Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 133
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 312
Weight: 396g
Height: 142mm
Width: 205mm
Spine width: 32mm