Dr Rebecca Janicker, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the School of Media and Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth, has recently edited a collection of essays, Reading ‘American Horror Story’: Essays on the Television Franchise, which has just been published by McFarland.
The book was as a result of Rebecca’s paper on American Horror Story at the Popular Culture Association (PCA) National Conference in New Orleans in 2015.
Rebecca approached McFarland, as publisher of her 2014 monograph, about editing a collection of essays and they were very interested in the project. Dr Janicker’s own paper is included as a chapter.
“When it was first shown in 2011, the new TV drama series known simply as American Horror Story quickly gained a reputation for graphic shocks and scares,” explains Rebecca. “Over the years since, the show has developed into a major horror anthology franchise encompassing numerous series dedicated to gruesome scenarios that range from a haunted house to a coven of witches.
“This collection of essays examines the impact of AHS on media, industry and culture. Individual essays seek to situate the show within a wider context of popular culture and the entertainment industry, as well as covering topics such as race, gender and sexuality and discussing the impact of established genre conventions. Overall, the book aims to offer insights into the contribution that this series makes to television horror.”
Cover Image: the book on display at the McFarland book sales table at this year’s PCA conference in San Diego