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The frighteners : a journey through our cultural fascination with the macabre

Author: Peter Laws
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Skyhorse Publishing editionView all editions and formats
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The Frighteners is a bizarrely compelling, laugh-out-loud exploration of society's fascination with the dark, spooky, and downright repellent, written by a man who went from horror-obsessed church hater to a God-fearing Christian, who then reconciled his love of the macabre with his new faith. Laws takes us on a worldwide adventure to shine a light on the dark corners of our own minds. He meets the people who  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Laws
ISBN: 9781510726765 1510726764
OCLC Number: 1054251541
Notes: First published 2018 in the UK by Icon Books.
Description: 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Sinister Minister --
Theatre of blood --
Wired for fright --
Hiding the bodies --
Zombies, everywhere --
Killer culture --
The beast within --
Deadtime stories --
The haunted --
Sister.
Responsibility: Reverend Peter Laws.

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The Frighteners is a bizarrely compelling, laugh-out-loud exploration of society's fascination with the dark, spooky, and downright repellent, written by a man who went from horror-obsessed church hater to a God-fearing Christian, who then reconciled his love of the macabre with his new faith. Laws takes us on a worldwide adventure to shine a light on the dark corners of our own minds. He meets the people who collect serial killers' hair, spends a night in a haunted hotel, and has dinner with a woman who keeps her own coffin in her living room, ready for the big day. He's chased by zombies through an underground nuclear bunker, hunts a supposed real-life werewolf through the city streets, and meets self-proclaimed vampires who drink actual blood. From the corpse-packed crypts of Rome to the spooky streets of a Transylvanian night, he asks why he, and millions of other people, are drawn to ponder monsters, ghosts, death, and gore. And, in a world that worships rationality and points an accusing finger at violent video games and gruesome films, can a love of morbid culture actually give both adults and children safe ways to confront our mortality? Might it even have power to re-enchant our jaded world? Grab your crucifixes, pack the silver bullets, and join the Sinister Minister on this celebratory romp through our morbid curiosities.

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