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.
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 Gothic1. The British Ghost Story at Christmas2. A Broadcast Tradition3. Irruptions of the Abnormal4. Seasonality, Nostalgia, Heritage and History5. The Ghost Story for Christmas and 'Treehouse of Horror'