For centuries, from time immemorial, people young and old have been drawn to the genre of supernatural horror, first on the printed page and then on the screen. From fairy tales to Freddie Krueger, the appeal of the genre rests on the experience of something above nature, something unknown and unnameable. This search has produced works that are both memorable and terrifying. More Things Than Are Dreamt Of , by the authors of The Vampire Film, is an informal companion volume that earlier survey, includes over 125 illustrations, and examines the best of supernatural horror .

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .x

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi

INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

CHAPTER ONE: The Prometheans

I. The Haunted Summer: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley . . . . . . . 9

II. The other Bram Stoker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

CHAPTER TWO: Colonial Horror

I. Descent into the Maelstrom: Edgar Allan Poe . . . . . . . . . . .41

II. The Dream Quest: H.P. Lovecraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

CHAPTER THREE: The Pre-Moderns

I. The Scientist: Robert Louis Stevenson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

II. The Cynic: Oscar Wilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

III. The Mystic: Arthur Machen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

CHAPTER FOUR: The Two Jameses

I. Demons: Casting the Runes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

II. Ghosts: The Turn of the Screw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

CHAPTER FIVE: Selected Modern Classics

I. Witches: Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

II. Spirits: The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

III. Devils: "The Devil and Daniel Webster," Stephen Vincent Benet;
Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin; The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty. . . . . . 149

IV. Visionaries: The Dead Zone, Stephen King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162

FILMOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169

BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207

INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .211


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