The term 'Folk Horror' covers a wide and disparate range of themes - from works that use folklore thematically or aesthetically to imbue itself with a sense of the arcane, to works that use folklore themes in tension with modernity, to those works which generate their own folkloric potentials. In Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange, Adam Scovell explores these eruptions of the occult, esoteric and downright uncanny. He delves into the visual outputs of the folk horror genre, examining such classics as
The Wicker Man, the BBC adaptations of the stories of M.R. James and Alan Garner, and Nigel Kneale's
Quatermass and the Pit. This book is a must for anyone interested in the intersection between the uncanny , occulture and contemporary media.
Adam Scovell is a writer and filmmaker from the Wirral, now based in London. He has produced film and art criticism for a wide variety of print and digital publications and runs the website Celluloid Wicker Man .
Leighton Buzzard: Auteur Publishing, 2017. Paperback, 216 pages. New.