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Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted from Book to Film


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About the Book

This work explores the relationship between twenty-five enduring works of horror literature and the classic films that have been adapted from them. Each chapter delves into the historical and cultural background of a particular type of horror—hauntings, zombies, aliens and more—and provides an overview of a specific work’s critical and popular reception. Among the print-to-film titles discussed are Frankenstein, Dracula, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Masque of the Red Death, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Phantom of the Opera, Psycho, The Exorcist, and The Shining.

About the Author(s)

James F. Broderick is a professor of English at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.

Bibliographic Details

James F. Broderick
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 235
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4763-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8957-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Introduction      1

Altered States      5

The Amityville Horror      13

The Birds      21

Dead Ringers      29

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde      37

The Exorcist      45

The Fly      54

Frankenstein      61

Freaks      70

From Hell      78

Ghost Story      86

The Hound of the Baskervilles      94

Jaws      102

The Masque of the Red Death      110

The Night Stalker      118

The Ninth Gate      126

Nosferatu      134

The Phantom of the Opera      143

Psycho      152

Re-Animator      161

The Serpent and the Rainbow      170

The Shining      178

Sleepy Hollow      186

The Thing from Another World      195

Village of the Damned      203

Notes      211

Bibliography      220

Index      222

Book Reviews & Awards

“I love, LOVED this book. The author has a real way with words and a fun, readable style. [He] is a tremendously readable essayist, with a flowing, succinct and clever style that is very appealing. In addition to fine writing, Broderick supplies good, solid insights and fresh perspectives on the books and the movies, with a judicious use of quotes and keen commentary. To author James F. Broderick I say, More books, please”—Classic Images; “offers pithy plot summations and spot-on critical interpretations of themes in each of the featured works along with readable and striking analysis of each of the related film adaptations”—Reference & Research Book News.