The Canon: The lowdown on 50 essential horror movies, from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Scream, via Psycho, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre… with dozens more films reviewed in brief throughout the book.
The Icons: The directors, the actors, and the best of the monsters, including Roger Corman, Boris Karloff, Dracula, and Freddy Krueger.
The Origins: The influence of fairy tales, gothic novels, penny dreadfuls, and Stephen King.
The History: How Horror has been revolutionized during the past hundred years by sound, television, video, and special effects, and has become one of cinema's most popular and profitable genres.
Around the World: Including classics from Mexico, Spain, and Australia, and the recent chillers from East Asia.
Everything Else You Need to Know: Websites, festivals, magazines, and merchandise.