New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by David J. Skal to previous owner with best wishes and dated 1994 to half-title. 9 1/2" X 6 1/4". 432pp. Stated first edition, with full number line indicating first printing. A touch of shelfwear and dust spotting to unclipped pictorial dust jacket featuring Edward Gorey's iconic artwork. Gray paper over boards with spine backed in black cloth and lettered in red. Mild edgewear to binding. Previous owner's blindstamp to "also by" page with frontispiece to verso. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A presentable first printing of David J. Skal's cultural history of horror, signed by the author.
ABOUT THE MONSTER SHOW:
With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more. The result is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre. (publisher). Very good / very good. Item #6176