New Book Announcement: “YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION”

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Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce its forthcoming book devoted to the darkside of holiday entertainment, YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION, to be released in the last quarter of 2017. This comprehensive new collection of essays is set to deck your halls with insightful looks at all your festive fright favourites, from the BBC’s A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS series to SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (and the ensuing controversy), from Eastern European folk-horrors all the way up to the seasonal succubi of the “New French Extremity”—followed by a compendium of nearly 200 Christmas horror film reviews.

YULETIDE TERROR follows on the success of Spectacular Optical’s previous books KID POWER! and SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s—the latter of which promptly sold out and was reprinted in a second edition by the UK’s FAB Press. It is the third book in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books.

Contributors to YULETIDE TERROR include Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA), Kim Newman (NIGHTMARE MOVIES), Maitland McDonagh (BROKEN MIRRORS/BROKEN MINDS: THE DARK DREAMS OF DARIO ARGENTO), Caelum Vatnsdal (THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: A HISTORY OF CANADIAN HORROR CINEMA), longtime FANGORIA editor Michael Gingold, Shelagh Rowan-Legg (THE SPANISH FANTASTIC), Alexandra West (FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY), Michael Helms (FATAL VISIONS), Andrea Subissati (The FACULTY OF HORROR Podcast), Zack Carlson (DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!) Diane A. Rodgers (CINEMA RETRO), Andrew Nette (PULP CURRY), David Bertrand (SATANIC PANIC), David Canfield (SCREEN ANARCHY), Eric Zaldivar (co-writer, DJANGO LIVES!), Leslie Hatton (POPSHIFTER), Owen Williams (EMPIRE), Ralph Elawani (BLEU NUIT: HISTOIRE D’UN CINÉPHILIE NOCTURNE), Ariel Fisher (RUE MORGUE), Zach Clark (writer/director, WHITE REINDEER) as well as Spectacular Optical co-editors Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) and Paul Corupe (CANUXPLOITATION)—and more to be confirmed.

The cover, which we reveal here for the first time, is designed and illustrated by British artist Alisdair Wood, who will be creating chapter headings throughout the book.

The launch of YULETIDE TERROR will be accompanied by screenings and events in multiple cities. More details, including a full table of contents, will be announced in spring 2017.

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About Spectacular Optical:
Headed up by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) with managing editor Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com), Spectacular Optical is a new Canadian indie press that specializes in film and pop culture books, in addition to commissioning articles, essays and interviews for the Spectacular Optical website on a year-round basis.

For more information, please contact Kier-La Janisse at bigsmashproductions@gmail.com

 

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

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