By S. T. Joshi
Horror and the supernatural have interested humans for hundreds of years, with a number of the so much valuable figures showing time and again throughout time and cultures. those figures have starred within the world's most generally learn literary works, hottest motion pictures, and such a lot eye-catching tv sequence. as a result of their recognition and impact, they've got attained iconic prestige and a unique position within the renowned mind's eye. This e-book overviews 24 of the main major icons of horror and the supernatural. integrated are alphabetically prepared prolonged entries at the icons. every one access is written through a number one authority at the topic and is available to scholars and common readers. one of the icons mentioned are: * The Alien * The Angel and The Demon * The Cosmic Horror * The Curse * The Cthulhu Mythos * The satan * The Doppelganger * The Ghost * The Ghoul * The Haunted condominium * The Immortal * The Monster * the mum * The Psychic * the ocean Creature * The Serial Killer * The Siren * The Small city Horror * The Sorcerer * The city Horror * The Vampire * The Werewolf * The Witch * And The Zombie. each one access discusses the valuable characteristics of the icon and its lasting effect. integrated are illustrations, sidebars of fascinating info, and extracts from key texts. Entries record works for extra interpreting, and the Encyclopedia closes with a specific, common bibliography. good points and advantages: * Overviews a variety of supernatural lore. * Entries are written via top professionals on horror and the supernatural. * considerably longer than conventional encyclopedia entries, yet no longer as long or intimidating as books, the essays are the ideal measurement for scholar examine. * Serves as a port of access and place to begin for college kids writing papers. * Entries comprise sidebars and cite works for extra interpreting. * encompasses a bibliography of significant works on horror and the supernatural. * Spans a large time period, from the classical epics of Homer to the novels of Stephen King. * Illustrations support scholars visualize the subjects of the entries. * Covers an enormous diversity of cultures. * is helping scholars comprehend a long literary and cultural culture. * Fosters an appreciation for cultural variety. * Encourages scholars to investigate subject matters of well known curiosity. * is helping scholars and common readers comprehend modern movie, tv, and tradition. * helps the literature curriculum by way of supporting scholars relate normally taught literary works to modern tradition.
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The fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries were a golden age for Demon-inspired artwork, as numerous artists offered their visual interpretations of scenes from Dante and other Christian themes. Amidst all this, and perhaps in partial response to the widespread cultural focus on such matters, the Catholic Church in 1614 issued its instructions for the exorcism of demons in the famous Chapter XII of the Rituale Romanum (Roman Ritual). In an interesting bit of timing, one of the most famous cases of demonic possession in history occurred just two decades after the Church’s publication of its exorcism ritual.
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