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Monstrous Forms: Moving Image Horror Across Media

Adam Charles Hart


It makes us jump. It makes us scream. It haunts our nightmares. So why do we watch horror? Why do we play it? What could possibly be appealing about a genre that tries to terrify us? Why would we subject ourselves to shriek-inducing shocks, or spend dozens of hours watching a television show about grotesque flesh-eating monsters? Horror offers us a connection to fears that are otherwise unspeakable, even inconceivable, so why do we seek it out? Monstrous Forms offers a theory of horror that works through the genre across a broad range of contemporary moving-image media: film, television, video ... More

Keywords: horror, film studies, new media, digital media, game studies, television studies, monsters, monstrosity, gifs, spectatorship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190916237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Charles Hart, author
Lecturer in English, North Carolina State University