Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History of The Exorcist

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Ohio State University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Marlena Williams is a writer from Portland, Oregon. Her work has been published in the Yale Review, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Catapult, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
"I devoured this book--its intense cultural analysis, its candid personal history, and its philosophical inquiry--like a woman possessed. Gutsy and deeply researched, Night Mother is a keen investigation of American cinema, American girlhood, and American fear." --Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses
"[A] searching debut ... The sharp analysis offers novel and convincing perspectives on the horror classic, and Williamsʼs personal meditations are affecting. This is scary good." --Publishers Weekly
"Masterful and thoroughly researched ... An incredible work of film analysis, examining cultural context and interspersing personal history, that makes a great read for movie, horror, and pop-culture fans. Highly recommended for libraries with media analysis collections." --Meghan Bouffard, Library Journal (starred review)

"Williams's multigenerational personal narrative of viewer responses to The Exorcist takes her analysis beyond anything readily paraphrased. Read it for yourself." --Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed
"Night Mother ... successfully weav[es] a first-person narrative with broader film criticism. Just as the film turns 50, horror fans should enjoy this book for its personal touch and thorough research." --Brian Fanelli, Hippocampus Magazine
"A mesmerizing mix of cinematic, cultural, and personal history ... Night Mother--an unorthodox love letter in which Williams attempts to exorcise her own demons--is a powerful reckoning." --Peggy Kurkowski, Shelf Awareness