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Digital Resources for American Horror Story

On this page you will find a list of online resources that may be useful in researching your essays. Please note that this is far from exhaustive, however, and there are many more ebooks available on specific authors (Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, and so on) available through the library.

For the books and journals, most of the links below will take you to the Library catalogue page so you can log in and read it; some will open PDFs of the books themselves.

In addition to those listed below, and your own searches through the Library, don't forget the Internet Archive. It is a growing resource, with an amazing quantity of primary and secondary material that can be read/watched for free online (c. 25 million books, nearly 6 million films, and so on). It's worth doing some searches for keywords/authors etc. to see what they have.


The American Nightmare , dir. Adam Simon (opens in YouTube). This is an excellent documentary about American horror films from the late 60s to the 80s (including Night of the Living Dead). It discusses them in the context of US political and social history, and includes some great interviews with film makers and academics. I'd highly recommend it if you're at all interested in the subject.

Fear Itself, dir. Charlie Lyne (opens in iPlayer; may just be easier to search for it in your app). Their blurb: "Fear Itself takes viewers on a journey through fear and cinema, and asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves. Encouraging viewers to interrogate a diverse range of images and sounds sampled from 100 years of cinema, Fear Itself informs and unnerves in equal measure, changing the way you watch horror movies for good."

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss, Part 3: 'The American Scream' (opens in YouTube) The other parts, also on YouTube, are worth seeing as well, but this episode focuses on American horror cinema since Psycho. Not as good or useful as the Adam Simon documentary, but entertaining.

The University also subscribes to Kanopy, an online streaming service similar to Netflix. It has a lot of educational material as well as films. If you log-in, you can watch both The Witch, and this 30-min lecture on the Salem Witch Trials. There is also a HD version of Night of the Living Dead (better than the YouTube copy), and Jordan Peele's two great films, Get Out and Us, are available.


These contain searchable archives of essays:

Horror Studies

Gothic Studies

The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies

And don't forget JStor, Project Muse, and Literature Online.


Arya, Rina. Abjection and Representation.

Balanzategui, Jessica. The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of 21st Century.

Becker, Susanne. Gothic Forms of Feminine Fictions.

Boluk, Stephanie, ed. Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture

Botting, Fred. Gothic

Clasen, Mathias. Why Horror Seduces.

Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film.

Coleman, Robin R. Means. Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present.

Corstorphine, Kevin, editor. The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature.

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis.

Crow, Charles L., editor. A Companion to American Gothic.

Faflak, Joel and Jason Haslak. American Gothic Culture.

Federici, Silvia. Caliban and The Witch.

Fisher, Mark. Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology, and Lost Futures.

Hantke, Steffen, editor. American horror film: the genre at the turn of the millennium.

Harrington, Erin. Women, Monstrosity, and Horror Film: Gynaehorror

Hubner, Laura. Fairytale and Gothic Horror

Hughes, William. Key Concepts in the Gothic.

---. Editor. Queering the Gothic.

Jackson, Kimberley. Gender and the Nuclear Family in Twenty-First-Century Horror.

Jones, David Annwn. Gothic Effigy: A Guide to Dark Visibilities.

Lauro, Sarah J. The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death

McCollum, Victoria, editor. Make America hate again: Trump-era horror and the politics of fear.

---. Editor. Post 9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in the Era of Urban Terrorism

Mittman, Asa, editor. Classic Readings on Monster Theory.

Murphy, Bernice. The Highway Horror Film

---. The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture.

---. The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture.

Palmer, Pauline. The Queer Uncanny.

Schmid, David. Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture.

Simmons, David. American horror fiction and class: from Poe to Twilight.

Smith, Andrew. The Ghost Story, 1840-1920: A Cultural History.

Weinstock, Jeffrey, editor. The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic.

Wester, Maisha. African American Gothic: Screams From Shadowed Places.

Wheatley, Helen. Gothic Television.

Williams, Tony. Hearths of darkness: the family in the American horror film.