Why do millions of people spend so many hours scaring themselves? Books, films, television, advertising, toys and games for all ages, even children's breakfast foods depend crucially on ghouls, ghosts and zombies climbing all too nimbly out of dark and moldy resting places. How has it happened that we are so fascinated by just the things we should run screaming from?
Walter Kendrick provides an answer with this authoritative history of horror as entertainment. Kendrick's perceptive, humorous and lively history follows the unquiet dead through "Dracula," E.C. comics and Stephen King.