This is a book on which other explorations into this vast and largely uncharted territory will build on. Moving from a theoretically sophisticated overview, Gelder engages - closely, uncondescendingly, and entertainingly - with a stimulating range of samples. Most importantly it's enjoyable.
.John Sutherland, University College London
With a deceptive ease arising from his familiarity with astonishing range of popular fictions, Gelder breaks new ground in treating popular fiction as a distinctive cultural field with its own logic. The result is a rare combination of clarity and accessibility and challenging insight.
.Tony Bennett, The Open University
About the Author
Ken Gelder is a Reader in English at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His books includeReading the Vampire
(Routledge 1994) and, with Jane M. Jacobs,Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation
(Melbourne University Press, 1998). He is co-editor ofThe Subcultures Reader
(1997) and editor ofThe Horror Reader
(2000), both published by Routledge.