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Book Title: Nightmare Movies: A Critical Guide to Contemporary Horror Films|
The author of the book: Kim Newman
ISBN 13: 9780517573662
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.29 MB
Date of issue: October 7th 1989
Read full description of the books Nightmare Movies: A Critical Guide to Contemporary Horror Films:Quite simply - One of THE best books ever written on horror movies (along with Phil Hardy's The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror) - Newman's approach, finding thematic nodes around which to cluster films, and opening them up to interpretive readings - quite simply revitalized my life-long love of horror films that had been flagging by the end of the 80s (well, Newman's book and the critical writings of Tim Lucas in the column and then magazine Video Watchdog - the early days of which are available in The Video Watchdog Book).
This book guided my thoughts on horror films (and film, really) throughout the 90s and beyond. It is indispensible.
Read information about the authorNote: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not only portrays an alternate world in which the Count conquers Victorian Britain for a while, is the mastermind behind Germany's air aces in World War One and survives into a jetset 1950s of paparazzi and La Dolce Vita, but does so with endless throwaway references that range from Kipling to James Bond, from Edgar Allen Poe to Patricia Highsmith.
In horror novels such as Bad Dreams and Jago, reality turns out to be endlessly subverted by the powerfully malign. His pseudonymous novels, as Jack Yeovil, play elegant games with genre cliche--perhaps the best of these is the sword-and-sorcery novel Drachenfels which takes the prescribed formulae of the games company to whose bible it was written and make them over entirely into a Kim Newman novel.
Life's Lottery, his most mainstream novel, consists of multiple choice fragments which enable readers to choose the hero's fate and take him into horror, crime and sf storylines or into mundane reality.
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