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Gender & Horror Films/Feminist Readings of Horror films 

Clover, Carol J.  Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992.


 Creed, Barbara.  The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge, 1993.   


Dika, Vera.  Games of Terror: Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Films of the Stalker Cycle.  New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 1990.


Grant, Barry Keith, ed.  The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996. 


Young, Suzie.  “Snapping Up Schoolgirls: Legitimation Crisis in Recent Canadian Horror.”  Horror International.  Ed. Steven Jay Schneider and Tony Williams.  Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005.


Reception of Horror Films by Women 

Cherry, Brigid.  “Refusing to Refuse to Look: Female Viewers of the Horror Film.”  Identifying Hollywood Audiences: Cultural Identities and the Movies. Ed. Melvyn Stokes and Richard Maltby.  London: BfI Publishing, 1999, pp.187-203.


Hill, Annette.  “Looks Like It Hurts: Women’s Responses to Shocking Entertainment.”  Ill Effects: The Media/Violence Debate.  Ed. Martin Barker and Julian Petley.  New York: Routledge, 1997, pp.135-149.


Mundorf, N., Weaver, J. & Zillman, D. “Effects of Gender Roles and Self-Perceptions on Affective Readings of Horror Films.”  Sex Roles 20 (1989): 65-73.


Nolan, Justin & Ryan, Gary W.  “Fear and Loathing at the Cinema: Gender Differences in Descriptions and Perceptions of Slasher Films.”  Sex Roles 42 (2000): 39-56.


Pinedo, Isabel Cristina.  Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing.  New York: State University of New York Press, 1997.


Cultural Readings of Horror

Burfoot, Annette & Lord, Susan.  Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006.


Edmundson, Mark.  Nightmare on Main Street: Angels, Sadomasochism, and the Culture of Gothic.  Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1997.


Skal, David J.  The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror.  New York: Faber and Faber Inc., 1993.


Tudor, Andrew.  “Why Horror? The Peculiar Pleasures of a Popular Genre.”  Cultural Studies 11 (1997): 443-463.


Horror Film Studies

Huss, Roy & Ross, T.J., eds.  Focus on the Horror Film.  New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1972.


Rasmussen, Randy Loren.  Children of the Night: The Six Archetypal Characters of Classic Horror Films.  Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc., 1998.


Schneider, Steven Jay & Shaw, Daniel, eds.  Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror.  Lanham: The Scarecrow Press Inc, 2003. 


Schoell, William.  Stay Out of the Shower: 25 Years of Shocker Films Beginning with Psycho.  New York: Dembner Books, 1985.


Fan Studies

Jenkins, Henry.  Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.  New York: New York University Press, 2006.


Jenkins, Henry.  Textual Poachers: Televsion Fans & Participatory Culture.  New York: Routledge, 1992.