Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween

Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween

by Derek Johnston

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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Overview

This book explores the literary and cultural history behind certain Christmas and Halloween traditions, and examines the way that they have moved into broadcasting. It demonstrates how these horror traditions have become more domestic and personal, and how they provide a necessary seasonal pause for reflection on our fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137298942
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 08/26/2015
Series: Palgrave Gothic
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Derek Johnston is Lecturer in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University, Belfast, UK. His research focuses on British broadcasting history and on the history of genres such as science fiction and horror, particularly where the two combine.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining Television Gothic
1. The British Ghost Story at Christmas
2. A Broadcast Tradition
3. Irruptions of the Abnormal
4. Seasonality, Nostalgia, Heritage and History
5. The Ghost Story for Christmas and 'Treehouse of Horror'

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