The title of my book has been finalised: it's now called Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages in Films from Frankenstein to the Present. It's quite a grandiose title (it makes me blush just to look at it) but the publishers reckon it serves the book well and who am I to argue? Publication is still set for Spring 2014, all being well.
I've been contracted to write a follow up book for the same publisher (McFarland & Co), this one focusing on the classic horror film of the 1930s. It's an expansion of my article in Paracinema #17 (copies still available!) which argues the case for 1930s horror cinema being subversive despite the typically restorative endings (which in many cases were bolted on to give a sense of closure and reassurance to Depression era audiences).
Right now I'm about to start the research on this. I'm looking forward to doing some background reading. If you know any good books or articles about 1930s horror please let me know! Here's my list so far:
Doherty, Thomas (2009) Hollywood’s Censor, Joseph I Breen and The Production Code Administration, Columbia University Press.
Doherty, (2000) Pre-Code Hollywood: sex, immorality and insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934, Columbia University Press.
Humphries, Reynold, (2006) The Hollywood Horror Film,1931 – 1941, Scarecrow Press
Johnson, Tom (2006), Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the 1930s, McFarland.
Mank, Gregory William (2001) Hollywood Cauldron: 13 Horror Films From the Genre’s Golden Age, McFarland
Matthews, Melvin E. (2009) Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II, McFarland.
Peirse, Alison, (2013),After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film, I.B. Taurus
Phillips, Kendall, (2005), Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, ABC-CLIO
Prince, Stephen, (2003), Classical Film Violence, Rutgers University Press.
Rhodes, Gary D. (2001),White Zombie, Anatomy of a Horror Film, McFarland.
Smith, Angela M. (2011), Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics and Classic Horror Cinema, Columbia University Press.
Weaver, T, Brunas, M, Brunas, J, (2007), Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films, 1931-1946, McFarland.