This volume explores how horror comic books have negotiated with the social and cultural anxieties framing a specific era and geographical space.
Paying attention to academic gaps in comics’ scholarship, these chapters engage with the study of comics from varying interdisciplinary perspectives, such as Marxism; posthumanism; and theories of adaptation, sociology, existentialism, and psychology. Without neglecting the classical era, the book presents case studies ranging from the mainstream comics to the independents, simultaneously offering new critical insights on zones of vacancy within the study of horror comic books while examining a global selection of horror comics from countries such as India (City of Sorrows), France (Zombillénium), Spain (Creepy), Italy (Dylan Dog), and Japan (Tanabe Gou’s Manga Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft), as well as the United States.
One of the first books centered exclusively on close readings of an under-studied field, this collection will have an appeal to scholars and students of horror comics studies, visual rhetoric, philosophy, sociology, media studies, pop culture, and film studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in comic books in general and to those interested in investigating intricacies of the horror genre.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|56 pages
Horror Comic Books in a Socio-Historical Context
chapter 3|13 pages
"Men Have Sentenced This Fen to Death"
chapter 4|15 pages
The Horrors Haunting the City of Joy
part II|65 pages
Race and Gender in Horror Comic Books
chapter 6|13 pages
"A Sight to Dream of, Not to Tell!"
chapter 9|11 pages
The Wolf Only Needs to Find You Once
chapter 10|12 pages
part III|63 pages
Adaptation in Horror Comic Books
chapter 11|12 pages
Flesh and Blood
part IV|55 pages
Horror Comic Books and Philosophy