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Reading in the DarkHorror in Children's Literature and Culture$
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Jessica R. McCort

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496806444

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496806444.001.0001

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Why Horror? (Or, The Importance of Being Frightened)

(p.3) Introduction
Reading in the Dark

Jessica R. McCort

University Press of Mississippi

The introduction begins the book’s discussion of why some children and young adults are drawn to horror. It attempts to define the term “horror,” especially in relation to children’s literature and culture, and seeks to consider the ways in which frightening elements emerge in children’s literature and culture. It also provides an overview of the essays included in the volume and how they are in conversation with one another.

Keywords:   Horror, Children’s Literature, Young Adult, Frightening, Children’s culture

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