American Horror Fiction and Class: From Poe to Twilight

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In this book, Simmons argues that class, as much as race and gender, played a significant role in the development of Gothic and Horror fiction in a national context. From the classic texts of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne right through to contemporary examples, such as the novels of Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series, class remains an ever present though understudied element. This study will appeal to scholars of American Studies, English literature, Media and Cultural Studies interested in class representations in the horror genre from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages212
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-53280-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-53279-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Sept 2017


  • Horror
  • U.S.A.
  • class
  • poverty
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Marx
  • cultural theory
  • Stephen King
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Herman Melville
  • Twilight
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Bret Easton Ellis


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