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House of Horrors

Familial Intimacies in Contemporary American Horror Fiction

An analysis of intimate relationships in modern American horror fiction.

This is a study of tumultuous transformations of kinship and intimate relationships in American horror fiction over the last three decades. Twelve contemporary novels are grouped into four familiar thematic clusters—haunted houses, monsters, vampires, and hauntings—but it is primarily social scripts and concerns linked to intimacy and family life that structure the volume.

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Horror Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature, General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Defining Horror
Horror and the Gothic
Women Writers in Horror Fiction and Horror Studies
Defining Intimacy
Overview of Chapters
Chapter 1. Uncanny in the House of Fear
Uncanny Houses
Void Dreams in Dead in the Water
Unhomely Funhole in The Cipher
The Queer (Uncanny) Desire in Drawing Blood
Chapter 2. Grotesque Monsters and Hybrid Subjectivities
Grotesque Bodies
Hybrid Lesbian Bodies in The Drowning Girl
Male Grotesque in Sineater
Monstrous Girlhood in The Rust Maidens
Chapter 3. Blood(y) Ties in Vampire Fictions
Towards Abjection
Gilda’s Sensual Vampires
Escaping the ‘Little Wife’ in Black Ambrosia
Prodigal Children (Not) Coming Home
Chapter 4. Spectral Kinship and Ghostly Selves
The Ghostly Other in Horror Fiction
Dangerous Dis/possessions in Come Closer
The ‘Wandering Subject’ in The Between
Familial Disintegration in Within These Walls

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