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[Commlist] new book: New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror

Thu Jan 28 18:55:47 GMT 2021

We are pleased to announce the publication of this new volume on research within the horror genre. Further information can also be found in the attached flyer. Discount on purchases is available up until the end of February 2021 (see below).

/New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror/

Edited by Eddie Falvey, Joe Hickinbottom and Jonathan Wroot

Part of the University of Wales Book Series: Horror Studies

Link to recording of the Book Launch (via Zoom) held on 27^th January 2021: <>

The taste for horror is arguably as great today as it has ever been. Since the turn of the millennium, the horror genre has seen various developments emerging out of a range of contexts, from new industry paradigms and distribution practices to the advancement of subgenres that reflect new and evolving fears. /New Blood /builds upon preceding horror scholarship to offer a series of critical perspectives on the genre since the year 2000, presenting a collection of case studies on topics as diverse as the emergence of new critical categories (such as the contentiously named ‘prestige horror’), new subgenres (including ‘digital folk horror’ and ‘desktop horror’) and horror on-demand (‘Netflix horror’), and including analyses of key films such as /The Witch /and /Raw /and TV shows like /Stranger Things /and /Channel Zero/. Never losing sight of the horror genre’s ongoing political economy, /New Blood /is an exciting contribution to film and horror scholarship that will prove to be an essential addition to the shelves of researchers, students and fans alike.


*Eddie Falvey *is currently Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art, and has research interests in film spectatorship, horror and reception studies.

*Joe Hickinbottom *completed his AHRC-funded PhD on the cult reputation of Takashi Miike at the University of Exeter. His research interests include Japanese film, cult cinema and authorship.

*Jonathan Wroot *is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Greenwich.


*Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of /New Blood/ can do so at this website - <> - and use the code HORROR20 to take up this offer.*


‘A valuable contribution to new studies of the horror genre in the twenty-first century. Featuring chapters by established and emerging scholars in the field, this collection addresses a broad range of topics and texts across multiple platforms, and examines cultural and political contexts alongside production, distribution and reception.’

- /Dr Laura Mee, University of Hertfordshire/

‘This sparkling and much-needed collection on recent trends in horror

across multiple platforms is especially welcome for its focus on industry, reception, fandom and horror as a discursive construct. Written by acknowledged leaders in the field, /New Blood /sets the agenda for

horror studies at a time of American and global carnage.’

- /Professor I. Q. Hunter, Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI), De Montfort University/


‘Horror scholarship always benefits from an injection of new blood, and this collection offers a set of fresh perspectives that should help reinvigorate the field. Covering everything from the impassioned debates surrounding “post-horror” through to the Netflix phenomenon /Stranger Things/, /New Blood /carves out significant new directions for the study of horror.’

- /Dr Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London/


‘With /New Blood/, Falvey, Hickinbottom and Wroot have gathered an impressive roster of contributors to interrogate a variety of contemporary manifestations of horror cinema (and television) from across the globe. Touching on individual films and cycles, production contexts and fan formations, this collection brings debates about the genre and its significance right up to date. It will prove of great value to anyone who takes the genre seriously.’

- /Professor Andy Willis, University of Salford/


‘The undying genre continues to thrive and mutate as new technologies, media platforms and reception contexts evolve. This new volume explores diverse trends of modern horror, including the rise of “extreme” and “prestige” horror, the lingering legacy of the “video nasties” controversy, and the advent of streaming and digital horror formats. Highly recommended.’

- /Professor Harry M. Benshoff, University of North Texas/

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