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The Incredibly Strange Features of Ray Dennis Steckler

Curry combines extensive research with deft writing to reveal the life of a Z-movie director through his unconventional oeuvre. Aimed at cinephiles, the book celebrates an underdog who made movies in Hollywood’s shadow.

Crazy Old Ladies: The Story of Hag Horror

Solidly and exhaustively researched and entertaining coverage of a horror subgenre. The lack of an index may limit its use for film studies.


Invasion ’51: The Birth of Alien Cinema

Useful for film scholars or sociologists, yet still accessible for general sci-fi fans, Kotz’s book is a fascinating look at the debut of an extraterrestrial movie menace that’s still popular today.

Godzilla: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide

Lavish with illustrations and praise, this book is geared toward fans but Skipper’s engaging writing is accessible for newcomers.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Phillips presents an accessible analysis of a cult classic TV series that continues to spawn horror favorites.

This Time It’s Personal: A Monster Kid’s History of Horror Memories and Experiences

Smith exhibits his expertise on the topic of horror films but occasionally writes like an overly enthusiastic fan, resulting in sometimes-unfocused prose, all tinged with childhood nostalgia.


Watch and Learn: How I Turned Hollywood Upside Down with Netflix, Redbox, and MoviePass—Lessons in Disruption

Business readers will admire Lowe’s acumen and the bite-sized takeaways at the end of each chapter. Media consumers will appreciate Lowe’s insider history of game-changing film companies.

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America’s Jack the Ripper

Stashower was born in Cleveland, and his personal connection to the city breathes life into this well-researched and chilling account.

Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films

Nesseth combines savvy science writing with a deep love of horror movies, resulting in something both scholarly and eminently readable. Even horror aficionados may stumble across an unfamiliar title she cites.

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