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The Birth of the American Horror Film
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Literature Chapter 2: Theatre Chapter 3: Visual Culture Chapter 4: Moving Pictures Chapter 5: Devils Chapter 6: Witches Chapter 7: Ghosts Chapter 8: Supernatural Creatures Chapter 9: Death, Murder, and Execution Chapter 10: Evolution and Devolution Chapter 11: The Other(s) Chapter 12: The Powers of the Mind Chapter 13: Mad Scientists Chapter 14: American Literature Onscreen Chapter 15: Exhibition and Reception

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Gary D. Rhodes, Ph.D., currently serves as Postgraduate Director for Film Studies at the Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Lugosi (1997), White Zombie: Anatomy of a Horror Film (2002), Emerald Illusions: The Irish in Early American Cinema (2012) and The Perils of Moviegoing in America (2012). Rhodes is also the writer-director of the documentary films Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) and Banned in Oklahoma (2004). Currently he is at work on a history of the American horror film to 1915, as well as a biography of William Fox.

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"In a remarkable work of historical research, Gary Rhodes provides what must certainly be the definitive study of the origins of the horror film genre." -- W. A. Vincent, Michigan State University, CHOICE
"The Birth of the American Horror Film is a handsome book filled with reproductions of film stills, photographs and illustrations. Rhodes' work triggers a cumulative effect of wide-ranging association. One is left with a comprehensive overview of numerous related topics in the service of a measured thesis. I read with interest and pleasure, as Rhodes's prose if remarkably lucid, his considerations important." -- Anne Golden, Monstrum

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