Happy Halloween from Palgrave Macmillan
More than 2,000 years ago, a celebration named Samhain took place in Celtic lands around sacred bonfires. Over the next two millenniums, this tradition morphed into what is now known as Halloween, a holiday observed in many parts of the world.
We are proud to present a selection of scholarly texts which explore topics relating to Halloween, such as witchcraft, vampires and the supernatural. Scroll down if you dare to access free chapters and take a journey through time with us as we discover the history of Halloween.
This Halloween, we are treating you to a selection of free content and are pleased to announce that a chapter from each of the following four books will be available to read until November 19 2017. Simply click on the covers to access.
AUTHOR PIECE: 'Exploited Exceptionals and Stranger Things’s Eleven' by Karen Renner
Evil Children in the Popular Imagination argues that the recent proliferation of stories about evil children demonstrates not a declining faith in the innocence of childhood but a desire to preserve its purity. From novels to music videos, photography to video games, the evil child haunts a range of texts and comes in a variety of forms, including changelings, ferals, and monstrous newborns. In this book, Renner illustrates how each subtype offers a different explanation for the problem of the “evil” child and adapts to changing historical circumstances and ideologies.