This chapter examines the horror novel ‘boom’ of the late 1970s and the 1980s, a period when many horror writers (including Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, Anne Rice, and Whitley Strieber) found their work reaching bestseller status across the United States. In particular, the chapter focuses on Stephen King as an exemplar of many of the tendencies at play more widely, specifically trends concerning the depiction of class and the increasingly self-reflexive nature of the horror novel as ‘bad’ object. King’s novels frequently valorize a ‘homespun’ blue-collar ideology, rejecting the trappings of capitalism and the culture industry, while the author himself enjoys immense (continuing) commercial success producing the sort of work his writing often appears to criticize. The chapter resituates King’s place within the development and argues for his importance in US popular Gothic’s ongoing depiction of class and popular culture.
|Title of host publication||American Horror Fiction and Class|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Number of pages||40|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 16 Sep 2017|
|Name||American Horror Fiction and Class|