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Palgrave Gothic

Haunted Seasons

Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween

Authors: Johnston, Derek

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About this book

This book explores the literary and cultural history behind certain Christmas and Halloween traditions, and examines the way that they have moved into broadcasting. It demonstrates how these horror traditions have become more domestic and personal, and how they provide a necessary seasonal pause for reflection on our fears.

About the authors

Derek Johnston is Lecturer in Broadcast Literacy at Queen's University, Belfast, UK. His research focuses on British broadcasting history and on the history of genres such as science fiction and horror, particularly where the two combine.

Reviews

“Johnston’s Haunted Seasons is a vital addition to Gothic and media studies, primarily examining the cultural popularity of ghost stories in British broadcasting at Christmas and, to a lesser extent, American horror programming at Halloween. … Johnston’s study provides valuable and thorough research on the Christmas ghost story in Britain … .” (Shannon Scott, Gothic Studies, Vol. 19 (1), May, 2017)

“This book is filled with historical detail about ghost stories, gothic, horror and television, as well as insight into the cultural meanings of these traditions. Haunted Seasons is an original and significant addition to a growing body of work on television horror. … This book is ideal for the television and horror scholar but also for anyone who enjoys a brief, seasonal, sojourn into the ghostly and the macabre.” (Dr. Stacey Abbott, BUFVC,

December, 2016)

“Derek Johnston’s Haunted Seasons, which comes as a welcome … addition to the literature on the gothic, the supernatural, and our media landscape … . Johnston’s work excavates a fascinating history of these seasonal hauntings, locating them within the role that seasonal days like Christmas and Halloween play in the lived experience of communities on both sides of the Atlantic. … This material is welcome in its own way, especially for an uninitiated reader … .” (Murray Leeder, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Issue 15, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Defining Television Gothic

    Johnston, Derek

    Pages 1-18

  • The British Ghost Story at Christmas

    Johnston, Derek

    Pages 19-57

  • A Broadcast Tradition

    Johnston, Derek

    Pages 58-93

  • Irruptions of the Abnormal

    Johnston, Derek

    Pages 94-117

  • Seasonality, Nostalgia, Heritage and History

    Johnston, Derek

    Pages 118-148

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-29895-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-29894-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-56245-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Haunted Seasons
Book Subtitle
Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Gothic
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29895-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137298959
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29894-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56245-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 192
Topics