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A Study In Terror

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384 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Jonathan Rigby Pub­lisher: Signum Books

If you love Bri­tish

hor­ror films, buy this. It’s one of three or four books on the sub­ject that you sim­ply must own.

If you al­ready have the first edi­tion, pub­lished in 2000, up­grade, since it’s been ex­ten­sively up­dated. Fifty- five pages on hor­ror from 2000- 2015 have been added, but there are also up­dates sprin­kled through­out.

If you don’t own that, you’ve been miss­ing out. Jonathan Rigby has an en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of Bri­tish hor­ror, but more im­por­tantly he’s a good writer; he has an en­gag­ingly sar­donic tone, a keen eye for a trend, and un­der­stands that a syn­op­sis does not con­sti­tute a re­view. Af­ter a few hours’ read­ing you’ll come away with two men­tal lists: one of films you need to track down; another of clev­erly formed phrases. Es­sen­tial. Ian Ber­ri­man

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