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Videogames and Horror

From Amnesia to Zombies, Run!

Author(s): Dawn Catherine Stobbart

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

Series: Horror Studies

October 2019304 pages216x138mm

Paperback - 9781786834362 eBook - epub - 9781786834386 eBook - mobi - 9781786834393 eBook - pdf - 9781786834379

About The Book

Videogames are full of horrors – and of horror, a facet of the media that has been largely overlooked in the academic community in terms of lengthy studies in the fast growing field of videogame scholarship. From Amnesia to Zombies enters into this discussion, in a sustained exploration of horror as a motif in videogames. The book engages with the research of prominent scholars across the humanities to explore the presence, role and function of horror in videogames, and in doing so demonstrates how the videogame enters discussions of horror and how videogames offer a unique, radical space that horror is particularly suited to fill. The topics covered include the construction of stories in videogames, the role of the monster and, of course, how death is treated as a learning tool and as a facet of horror.


List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Light in the Darkness: Videogames and Horror
Chapter 2: Dissecting the Videogame: Genres in the Medium
Chapter 3: Transgressing Boundaries: Adaptation, Intertextuality, and Transmedia
Chapter 4: Play Me a Story: Storytelling in Horror Videogames
Chapter 5: Who Am I?: Identity and Perspective
Chapter 6: The Undead Invade: Monsters in Videogames
Chapter 7: Death and the End: The Final Chapter?

About the Author(s)

Dawn Catherine Stobbart

Dawn Stobbart is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University.

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