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Folk Horror

New Global Pathways

The first scholarly exploration of the history and resurgence of folk horror.
While the undisputed heyday of folk horror was 1960-70s Britain, the genre has both a rich literary prehistory and a vibrant contemporary presence. This book rethinks the assumptions that have guided critical writing on the genre in the face of these expansions. Chapters explore a range of subjects including E. F. Benson’s fiction, Scooby-Doo, Lancashire witches, and video games. Beyond Britain, the collection examines folk horror’s wide geographic appeal in Italy, Ukraine, Thailand, Mexico, and Appalachia, mapping new conceptualizations of the genre that emerge from these places.

280 pages | 12 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Horror Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Introduction: New Global Pathways in Folk Horror - Dawn Keetley and Ruth Heholt
1. Whose Folk? Community, Folklore, Landscape and the Case of the Lancashire Witches - Catherine Spooner
2. The Folkloric Origins of the Ukranian Gothic - Svitlana Krys
3. Folk Horror and Scooby-Doo: Landscapes of Fear - Ian Brodie
4. The Frightening Folk: An Introduction to the Folkloresque - Jeffrey A. Tolbert
5. The Curse of the Cursive: The Horror of Handicraft in Folk Horror Film Typography - David Devanny
6. Occulture, Black Magic Thrillers and Folk Horror - Timothy Jones
7. ‘The magic doesn’t travel’: White Logic vs. Black Girl Magic in Hammer House of Horror’s Charlie Boy - Angeline D. Morrison
8. Black Boxes and Corn: Backwoods Horror and Human Sacrifice in American Folk Horror Narratives - Bernice Murphy
9. ‘An abyss of darkness’: Mines as Monstrous Environments in Victorian Folk Horror Narratives - Eilís Phillips
10. Sunny Landscapes, Dark Visions: E. F. Benson’s Bright, Light Folk Horror - Ruth Heholt
11. Catholicism, Unification, and Liminal Landscapes in Italian Folk Horror Cinema - Marco Malvestio
12. Phi Pop and the Global Turn in Thai Folk Horror - Katarzyna Ancuta
13. The Folk Horror Landscape of 1970s Northern Ireland - Simon Aeppli
14. ‘The Spirit of the Green’: Mysticism, Environmentalism and Folk Horror in Marvel UK’s The Knights of Pendragon - David Sweeney
15. ‘Me quitarán de quererte, Llorona, pero de olividarte nunca’: La Llorona, Colonial Trauma and Mexicanness - Valeria Villegas Lindvall
16. Fungal Web-works, Race, and Colonialism in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic - Dawn Keetley

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