Folk Horror New Global Pathways

Heholt, Ruth ORCID logoORCID: (2023) Folk Horror New Global Pathways. Horror Studies . University of Wales Press, Cardiff. ISBN 978-1-78683-979-4

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Abstract / Summary

SINCE AT LEAST 2010, critics have been working to define folk horror, understand its appeal, and establish its key texts, including the films that have become the central triumvirate of the folk horror canon – Witchfinder
General (Michael Reeves, 1968), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (Piers Haggard, 1971) and The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973). While the 1960s and 1970s witnessed what has been called the ‘first-wave’ of folk horror – in film, fiction and television – critics have also begun to uncover a rich prehistory, looking back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and finding a different canonical triad in the fiction of Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen and M. R. James. At the same time, directors and novelists
in the twenty-first century have been re-inventing the genre: both creators and critics are, then, collectively enlarging and enriching what ‘folk horror’ means. Folk Horror: New Global Pathways explores and expands the canons
that have been built around folk horror, reaching for a greater historical and global inclusivity. After all, folk horror derives from folklore – from the roots of community and communal fears. And as such, one would assume that it has to be global, composed of variegated regional formations.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78683-979-4
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Literature > English Literature
Film & TV
Writing & Journalism > Literature
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > English & Writing
Depositing User: Ruth Heholt
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 14:41
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 14:41


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