The Frighteners: A Journey Through Our Cultural Fascination with the Macabre

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Skyhorse Publishing
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6.2 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Reverend Peter Laws is the author of three creepy crime fiction novels, Purged, Unleashed, and Severed, and is also an ordained church minister. He writes a monthly horror movie column for the paranormal magazine The Fortean Times and hosts the popular podcast/YouTube show The Flicks That Church Forgot, exploring the deeper and sometimes spiritual themes of morbid culture. He is a regular public speaker and had written for various magazines and newspapers. He lives in Bedfordshire, UK.


"This is not simply a defense of a genre that routinely comes under fire for its graphic violence; it's an intelligent, perceptive, and very well written successor to Stephen King's 1981 classic, Danse Macabre." -- Booklist
..".a unique blend of personal experience, research, and entertaining, informative, and insightful as it is hilarious." -- Foreword
"Phrases like page-turner and tour-de-force are slapped on any old tome these days, but in this case, it is fully deserved. Truly the Bill Bryson of the horror think-piece, in literary terms, the highest honor this writer can bestow upon another." -- Starburst magazine
"Full of blood and guts and brains and heart, Peter Laws's work is a fearless and ultimately emotional exploration for anyone who's ever wondered why they were drawn to the macabre, and what it says about them." -- Mike Bockoven, author of Fantasticland and Pack