American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American by Dale Bailey

By Dale Bailey

 When Edgar Allan Poe set down the story of the accursed apartment of bring in 1839, he additionally laid the basis for a literary culture that has assumed a long-lasting function in American tradition. “The residence of Usher” and its literary progeny haven't lacked for tenants within the century and a part because: writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Stephen King have taken rooms within the haunted homes of yankee fiction. Dale Bailey lines the haunted residence story from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the current, highlighting the original value of the home within the household, monetary, and social ideologies of our kingdom. the writer concludes that the haunted residence has develop into a robust and profoundly subversive image of every thing that has long gone nightmarishly awry within the American Dream.

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