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Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-Teachings of the Monster Tale Paperback – January 29, 1999
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A brilliant phenomenological study of films and books...and points to a worldview that withstands the reality of evil. -- Maurice Friedman, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy, San Diego State University
A fascinating discussion of the psychological nature of horror...Schneider's writing is concise...he makes his... points with crystal clarity. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Extremely compelling [and] cogently argued. I have no hesitation recommedning it to the casual horror fan and the serious researcher. -- Richard Manning, Writer-Producer, Star Trek: The Next Generation
In the tradition of Rollo May, Schneider turns to the arts....a very compelling way to reflect on 'horror's vision.' -- David Lukoff, Ph.D., President of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology
Spectacularly successful...a detailed and shrewdly probing analysis of eleven well-known horror stories. -- Contemporary Legend
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(1) This book doesnt provide a holistic explanation for all types of horror films. Especially in modern times the genre has been split into an exotic variety of sub genres. I dont intend to label this book as antiquated, but it certainly loses its appeal once it doesnt delve into the fascinating world of postmodern horror. Also, doesnt discuss much about the reasons for human fascination with gore (movies like evil dead/tcm/cannibal holocaust)
(2) The explanation of horror through hyper constriction and hyper expansion doesnt seem to explain much about our other fears, like those of the unknown or in postmodern horror flicks, the mysterious fascination with the unexplicable. The book definitely doesnt address these crucial issues.
However, the book does serve as a prime to the early 20th century horror flicks and the analysis of Dracula, the birds and frankenstein is quite neatly done and succintly presented.