TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen

Lorna Jowett

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherI. B. Tauris
Number of pages270
ISBN (Electronic)9780857736475
ISBN (Print)9781848856189
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2013

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NameInvestigating Cult TV Series

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