Thursday, April 26, 2012

Self-promotion Thursday

I apologize for the lateness of this post.  Since Blogger has changed their format, I'm having a hard time accessing some of it's features on my computer.  I'll figure something out so this doesn't happen again!

I finally got the OK from the publisher to release some information on my nonfiction book! Most of you know that it's about slasher films and I spend an ungodly amount of time indexing it. That's probably the most important thing to know about the book.

The book takes an academic/scholarly look at slasher films and the importance they have in our culture, but since I don't have any "credentials," I can't actually claim it's a "scholarly" book. The writing has been altered to appeal to a more general audience, so it should be accessible to all readers. I look at seven films: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho, Black Christmas, Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream, along with the remakes of every film, except for Scream (Scream 4 wasn't out yet while I was working on this). I picked these specific films because they helped define the genre.

Some of the things I examine in the book are gender, the rites of passage from teens into adults, the killer as a demonic teacher, and how the remakes have tried to make the killer sympathetic, along with some other ideas. It's the culmination of years of work, and I still can't believe someone is going to publish it.

It comes out this summer, which will be here before you know it, from Scarecrow Press. As usual, I will give more information when I get it. Until then, please enjoy my awesome cover!







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