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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Centipede Press; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781933618968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933618968
  • ASIN: 1933618965
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 6.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a young age I fell hard for the insane passions, accursed lands, frothy plots, and violent femmes of the Gothic. Having taught "Horror, Ghost & Gothic Fiction" at Lone Star College in Texas since 2000, I've taken sabbaticals and international exploration grants to better understand the wild form, roaming in the deserted graveyards, ruined abbeys, and collapsed castles of Ireland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania. Meetings with writers in these lands have enriched the trademark fiction series I compiled and named EXOTIC GOTHIC. A literary venue for new Gothic fiction set outside of its traditional homelands, the sequence which I teach includes EXOTIC GOTHIC: FORBIDDEN TALES FROM OUR GOTHIC WORLD(2007), and the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists, EXOTIC GOTHIC 2: NEW TALES OF TABOO (2008) and EXOTIC GOTHIC 3: STRANGE VISITATIONS (2009), from the World Fantasy Award-winning Ash-Tree Press. All are available on Amazon.
A new guide to literary Gothdom you might like, EXOTIC GOTHIC 4, appears in August 2011. A recent Faculty Excellence Award-winner, my articles and interviews have featured in COMMONWEALTH, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, and CEMETERY DANCE.
21st CENTURY GOTHIC is an inviting reference book of 53 chapters on the most curious and entrancing Gothic works from year 2000 on, and I was dazzled by the critics that wrote for it. May you enjoy it too!
Here is it's Table of Contents . . .

Foreword xi

S. T. Joshi

Introduction xxi

Danel Olson

1 From Asperger's Syndrome to Monosexual Reproduction: Stefan Brijs's The Angel Maker and its Transformations of Frankenstein 1

Jerrold E. Hogle

2 The Sleep of Reason: Gothic Themes in Banquet for the Damned by Adam L. G. Nevill 14

James Marriott

3 Beasts: Joyce Carol Oates and the Art of the Grotesque 21

Peter Bell

4 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a Modern "Bluebeard" 32

Karen F. Stein

5 Death and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 42

Steve Rasnic Tem

6 Cinematic Femme Fatales and Weimar Germany in Elizabeth Hand's The Bride of Frankenstein: Pandora's Bride 50

Marie Mulvey-Roberts

7 Ghosts in a Mirror: Tabitha King and Michael McDowell's Candles Burning 60

Nancy A. Collins

8 Repositioning the Bodies: Peter Ackroyd's The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein and Other Monstrous Retellings 72

Judith Wilt

9 Marvels and Horrors: Terry Dowling's Clowns at Midnight 84

Leigh Blackmore

10 What We Hide Within Us: Thoughts on Albert Sánchez Piñol's Cold Skin 98

Brian J. Showers

11 Michel Faber, Feminism, and the Neo-Gothic Novel: The Crimson Petal and the White 111

Mary Ellen Snodgrass

12 Shedding Light on the Gothic: Peter Straub's A Dark Matter 124

Brian Evenson

13 Gothic Western Epic Fantasy: Encompassing Stephen King's Dark Tower Series 135

Tony Magistrale

14 Wonder and Awe: Mysticism, Poetry, and Perception in Ramsey Campbell's The Darkest Part of the Woods 149

Adam L. G. Nevill

15 Drac the Ripper: James Reese's The Dracula Dossier, Consciousness Disorders, and Nineteenth-Century Terror 158

Katherine Ramsland

16 The New Southern Gothic: Cherie Priest's Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers 171

Don D'Ammassa

17 Margot Livesey's Eva Moves the Furniture: Shifting the House of Gothic 182

Tunku Halim

18 Fatal Women and Their Stratagems: Tanith Lee Writing as Esther Garber 195

Mavis Haut

19 A Monster Sensation: Victorian Traditions Celebrated and Subverted in Sarah Waters's Fingersmith 206

Lisa Tuttle

20 Fairy Goth-Mothers: Maternal Wish Fulfillment in Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden 215

Walter Rankin

21 In Praise of She Wolves: The Native American Eco-Gothic of Louise Erdrich's Four Souls 226

Danel Olson

22 Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle: Canadian Gothic 242

Karen Budra

23 The Perils of Reading: The Gothic Elements of John Harwood's The Ghost Writer 250

James Doig

24 Making Fish Out of Men: Gothic Uncertainty in Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan 258

Robert Hood

25 Raised By the Dead: The Maturational Gothic of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book 269

Richard Bleiler

26 Death Comes in the Mail: The Relentless Malevolence of Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box 279

Darrell Schweitzer

27 Vlad Lives! The Ultimate Gothic Revenge in Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian 285

Danel Olson

28 Gothic New York in James Lasdun's The Horned Man 302

Nicholas Royle

29 Economies of Leave-Taking in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves 308

Laurence A. Rickels

30 Dread and Decorum in Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell 319

Douglass H. Thomson

31 Renovation is Hell, and Other Gothic Truths Deep Inside: Jennifer Egan's The Keep 327

Danel Olson

32 Nancy Drew Goes Gothic? The Little Friend by Donna Tartt 342

Lucy Taylor

33 The Tyranny of Time and Identity: Overcoming the Past in Gregory Maguire's Lost 353

Jason Colavito

34 "And That Was the Reason I Perished": Trauma's Transformative

Potential in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones 362

August Tarrier

35 Deadly Words: The Gothic Slumber Song of Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby 372

Sue Zlosnik

36 His Dark Materials: Gothic Resurrections and Insurrections in Patrick McGrath's Martha Peake 385

Carol Margaret Davison

37 The Vigilante in Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night: A Confession 397

Heather L. Duda

38 London Demons: Cursed, Trapped, and Haunted in William Heaney's (Graham Joyce's) Memoirs of a Master Forger 410

K. A. Laity

39 Haunting Voices, Haunted Text: Toni Morrison's A Mercy 418

Ruth Bienstock Anolik

40 Borderline Gothic: Phil Rickman and the Merrily Watkins Series 432

John Whitbourn

41 Narrative and Regeneration: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff 445

Graham Joyce

42 Educating Kathy: Clones and Other Creatures in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go 453

Glennis Byron and Linda Ogston

43 Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men: Western Gothic 465

Deborah Biancotti

44 Jeffrey Ford's The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque: A Picturesque Terror 477

Charles Tan

45 Gothic Maternity: The Pumpkin Child by Nancy A. Collins 486

Karin Beeler

46 Natsuo Kirino's Real World: Murder and the Grotesque through Teenage Eyes 496

Edward P. Crandall

47 The Longest Gothic Goodbye in the World: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 506

Danel Olson

48 A Labyrinth of Mirrors: Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind 527

Romana Cortese and James Cortese

49 An Icy Allegory of Cultural Survival: Gothic Themes in Dan Simmons's The Terror 539

Van Piercy

50 Are They All Horrid? Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale and the Validity of Gothic Fiction 552

Reggie Oliver

51 Snakes, Bulls, and the Preoccupations of History: Alan Garner's Thursbitch 563

David Punter

52 Gothic, Romantic, or Just Sadomasochistic? Gender and Manipulation in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga 573

June Pulliam

53 Shaggy Dog Stories: Jonathan Carroll's White Apples as Unconventional Afterlife Fantasy 584

Bernice M. Murphy

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David E. Cowen on March 12, 2012
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I reviewed this book for CineAction Magazine, Canada's leading film journal, in it's latest issue. I highly recommend this fascinating and well crafted anthology designed to present the Exorcist phenomena. The movie is still one of the highest grossing films in cinema history. The social impact it had on the public was amazing. Unlike the 1950 B-movie trailers that warned about people with weak hearts staying away, this movie was truly not for the weak of heart or spirit. I recall high school friends coming to me after seeing this movie complaining of nightmares and being unable to sleep. The childhood fears of the dark returned to them and suddenly there was nothing safe in the world anymore.

This collection of articles and interviews reflects this and how this film was crafted to create this explosion of imagination and primal fears in the viewers. The allegory of an innocent child being attacked by clergy in the name of religion was almost prophetic. Reagan, the possessed girl, also presaged the onslaught of psychology aimed at children when society attempted to find a blameless solution to uncontrollable children. In the case of Reagan, played by Linda Blair, the devil truly made her do it.

This collection contains extensive analsyis of the social impact of the film as well as the film's impact on the film industry. An interesting addition from other similar collections is a hard look at the progeny of the first film where Blatty and others attempted to create an Exorcist franchise to dismal financial and critical results. Hollywood gone bad at its worst perhaps.

If you are an avid fan of the book and movie you want this collection. If you are a student of film you want this book. If you just want some fascinating reading, you want this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By momcat on April 24, 2012
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Unlike so many movies that are forgotten before the viewer leaves the theater, most people still have vivid memories of the first time they saw The Exorcist. Especially for those who were teenagers or young adults when the film dubuted in 1973, the movie's shocking juxtaposition of religion, carnality, and a young girl's grotesque transformation into an obscenity-screaming, vomit-spewing nightmare creature was almost more than audiences of the time were ready to absorb. People fainted or staggered from the theater in hysterics; one deranged movie goer tried to attack the demon on the screen.

Such was the power of William Blatty's The Exorcist, which both defined and challenged the conventional mores of the era.

In The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film, published by Centipede Press, Danel Olson, editor of the Exotic Gothic series, has put together twenty-five compelling essays, interviews, and reminiscences that examine the film as a sociological phenomena, a commentary on religion, gender, and the good versus evil narrative so familiar to horror fans. Outstanding among these is an essay by Mark Opsasnick, "The Haunted Boy: The Inspiration for the Exorcist" that examines the real-life exorcism that motivated Blatty to write the book and Barbara Creed's "Woman as Abject Monster" that takes a look at horror's obsession with the female body as a repository of evil. There is also an intriguing comparison between The Exorcist and that other headline-making movie of its day, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in an essay written by Kendall Phillips.

At over 500 pages, this is an impressive and lavishly illustrated tome, a must-read for fans of the horror genre, movie buffs, and anyone who was ever terrified and fascinated by The Exorcist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Edgar Browning on June 15, 2012
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Olson's anthology, STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM: THE EXORCIST, has become over night the seminal treatise on Blatty and Friedkin's filmic masterpiece. I cannot recommend enough this text to established and burgeoning scholars in Horror Studies, Monster Theory, and Film History, to university instructors looking for a comprehensive reader in all THE EXORCIST installments, or to collectors and bibliophiles who, quite honestly, will jaw-drop when they see this exquisite book.
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