Non-Fiction

❄ The Body Horror Book

WINNER OF THE 2017  Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism

Drawing from horror visionaries such as Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, and Mark Powell, including introspective analysis of films such as ‘Tusk,’ ‘The Fly,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ and ‘Eat,’ The Body Horror Book is a non-fiction exploration of the monstrous aspect of the human form. By exploring the literary trope of the carnival and the grotesque, and how the state of cultural and political affairs dictate the monsters created within fiction and film, The body Horror Book is designed to educate, terrify, intrigue, and beguile, if you dare to enter the rabbit hole....

 

Why Do People Like Horror Movies?

Issue #88

 

It’s our first date. He’s treated me to a movie in an old run-down theatre with velvet mothball drapes, and stained carpet. He pays for my upsized frozen Coke, walks behind me with his hand on the small of my back, and strokes the top of my thumb as the credits begin to roll. Then I look up at the screen and frown. I wasn’t expecting the opening scene to the ‘surprise movie’ to show a scantily clad woman with breast implants being impaled by a javelin-wielding, hockey-mask wearing psycho killer.

 

 

Body Horror And The Horror Aesthetic Issue #96

 

Mutations and metamorphosis, graphic violations of the human body, body horror is a genre that transcends pure fear and manifests in a physical form. Body horror—which describes creations deemed ‘outside of nature’—is seen as some hideous deformity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neuroscience in Science Fiction:

Brain Augmentation in an

Increasingly Futuristic World

Issue #105

Mary Shelley, Isobelle Carmody, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, AE van Vogt, Greg Bear...countless authors have re-imagined the advances in neuroscience within literature. Why are we transfixed upon anomalies and artificial intelligent advancements of the brain? And what advances await?

 

Book to Screen: The Vampire Chronicles and the Future of Novel Adaptation

Issue #110

So what makes a good TV adaptation? How faithful should one stay to the source material? And what does the future hold for the novel adaptation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

❄ The Importance Of Telling Children Scary Stories

Issue #116

Why is it important to tell children scary stories? What can they learn from them? And how do they help children adapt to an adult world?

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❄ Dark Fantasy Versus Horror: Why Are Their Differences Important? And Which Genre Should You Introduce to Your Children First? Issue #91

 

It’s a question that stumps a lot of writers, and indeed a lot of readers. What’s the difference between dark fantasy and horror? There has been a lot of debate and discussion on the topic, but why does it really matter? And why is it okay for children and teenagers to read dark fantasy, but not horror?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

❄ When Too Much Pleasure is Never Enough: An Exploration of Hedonism Issue #102

 

You are sitting in an empty attic in an abandoned house. You have just purchased the Lament Configuration puzzle box—a portal to an extra-dimensional reality which will only work after you’ve solved the puzzle...

 

 

 

 

 

Monsters and Female Power: The Enduring Legacy Of Buffy

Issue #108

It's been 20 years since 'Buffy' first aired, one of the most celebrated pro-feminist television shows of all time. While real life monsters may not be vampires, ghosts, zombies, or witches, the metaphor remains - women are strong, powerful, and equal to men.

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❄ Universal Monsters and the New Age of Fear

Issue #113

Will we ever see a resurgence of Universal Monster films? What are people actually afraid of now? And how can these new fears be interpreted in film?

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❄ Lovecraft, Audiobooks, and the Evolution of Storytelling

Issue #120

 

What makes audiobooks so accessible? How have they changed storytelling? How are audiobooks of Lovecraft's work an example of making archaic texts more accessible? And what are the differences between having someone tell you a story as opposed to reading it yourself?

 

 

Miscellaneous non-fiction

Claire Fitzpatrick  © 2019

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