♥ Book Title : Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris
☯ Full Synopsis : "Thomas Harris created the iconic fictional murderer and sociopath, Hannibal Lecter. This book explores and analyzes the characters, artistry, and cultural impact of Harris's novels—four of which are centered on the terrifying villain of the iconic film, The Silence of the Lambs. • Includes reproductions of paintings that figure heavily in Harris's work, including William Blake's The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed With the Sun • Provides bibliographic listings of print and online resources for further reading"Article| Philip L. Simpson| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Thomas Harris and William Blake
☯ Full Synopsis : "This work examines the allusions to Blake throughout Harris's four Hannibal Lecter novels and provides a Blakean reading of the works as a whole, particularly in regard to the character of Lecter and the nature of evil in the world. Blake's works and philosophy provide a foundation for reading these novels as an exploration of how humanity should view evil and to what extent evil should be accepted. After establishing a Blakean view of evil, the book then explores Harris's novels and their film versions, which reveal that Harris uses Blake to suggest that good and evil are intertwined and coexist, and that it is foolish to try to see them simply as opposing binaries. Refusing to recognize and acknowledge their intertwined relationship leads to imbalance and a negative outcome, as revealed in the fate of Graham in Red Dragon. However, Lecter's journey illustrates the appropriate response to evil, one that ends in a marriage of contraries at the end of Hannibal."Article| Michelle Leigh Gompf| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The American Popular Novel After World War II
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Through the perspectives of selected novels from the end of World War II to the end of the 20th century this book examines crucial issues for Americans during those decades. These novels represent the voices of popular conversations, as Americans considered issues of family, class, racism and sexism, feminism, economic ambition, sexual violence, war, law, religion and science"--Provided by publisher."Article| David Willbern| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Dissecting Hannibal Lecter
☯ Full Synopsis : ""This book focuses on Harris's internationally known antihero Hannibal Lecter in the classic novels Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. The work examines several themes within Harris' trilogy, including the author's artistic exploration of repressed desires, his refinement of neo-noir themes and the serial killer motif, and his developing perceptions of feminine gender roles"--Provided by publisher."Article| Benjamin Szumskyj| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stephen King's Contemporary Classics
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book looks at the more recent works of fiction by Stephen King as well as an examination of his nonfiction book, On Writing, published in 2000. Works discussed in this volume include Duma Key, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Under the Dome, Joyland, and Dr. Sleep."Article| Philip L. Simpson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Strange World of Thomas Harris
☯ Full Synopsis : "Thomas Harris is the great melodramatist of our time, author of the definitive thrillers of the last 20 years. The Silence of the Lambs alone has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. And yet Harris's phenomenal success has been achieved without any personal publicity whatsoever. He has never given an interview. In this gripping - and sometimes chilling - profile, David Sexton exploits every possible source to get to the bottom of Harris's monstrous genius: who really is the man behind Hannibal Lecter?"Article| David Sexton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Walking Dead Live!
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 2010, The Walking Dead premiered on AMC and has since become the most watched scripted program in the history of basic cable. Based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead provides a stark, metaphoric preview of what the end of civilization might look like: the collapse of infrastructure and central government, savage tribal anarchy, and purposeless hordes of the wandering wounded. While the representation of zombies has been a staple of the horror genre for more than half a century, the unprecedented popularity of The Walking Dead reflects an increased identification with uncertain times. In The Walking Dead Live! Essays on the Television Show, Philip L. Simpson and Marcus Mallard have compiled essays that examine the show as a cultural text. Contributors to this volume consider how the show engages with our own social practices—from theology and leadership to gender, race, and politics—as well as how the show reflects matters of masculinity, memory, and survivor’s guilt. As a product of anxious times, The Walking Dead gives the audience an idea of what the future may hold and what popular interest in the zombie genre means. Providing insight into the broader significance of the zombie apocalypse story, The Walking Dead Live! will be of interest to scholars of sociology, cultural history, and television, as well as to fans of the show."Article| Philip L. Simpson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Psycho Paths
☯ Full Synopsis : "Philip L. Simpson provides an original and broad overview of the evolving serial killer genre in the two media most responsible for its popularity: literature and cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. The fictional serial killer, with a motiveless, highly individualized modus operandi, is the latest manifestation of the multiple murderers and homicidal maniacs that haunt American literature and, particularly, visual media such as cinema and television. Simpson theorizes that the serial killer genre results from a combination of earlier genre depictions of multiple murderers, inherited Gothic storytelling conventions, and threatening folkloric figures reworked over the years into a contemporary mythology of violence. Updated and repackaged for mass consumption, the Gothic villains, the monsters, the vampires, and the werewolves of the past have evolved into the fictional serial killer, who clearly reflects American cultural anxieties at the start of the twenty-first century. Citing numerous sources, Simpson argues that serial killers’ recent popularity as genre monsters owes much to their pliability to any number of authorial ideological agendas from both the left and the right ends of the political spectrum. Serial killers in fiction are a kind of debased and traumatized visionary, whose murders privately and publicly re-empower them with a pseudo-divine aura in the contemporary political moment. The current fascination with serial killer narratives can thus be explained as the latest manifestation of the ongoing human fascination with tales of gruesome murders and mythic villains finding a receptive audience in a nation galvanized by the increasingly apocalyptic tension between the extremist philosophies of both the New Right and the anti-New Right. Faced with a blizzard of works of varying quality dealing with the serial killer, Simpson has ruled out the catalog approach in this study in favor of in-depth an analysis of the best American work in the genre. He has chosen novels and films that have at least some degree of public name-recognition or notoriety, including Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, Manhunter directed by Michael Mann, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer directed by John McNaughton, Seven directed by David Fincher, Natural Born Killers directed by Oliver Stone, Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis."Article| Philip L. Simpson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Silence of the Lambs
☯ Full Synopsis : "The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling classic, now with a note by author Thomas Harris revealing his inspiration for Hannibal Lecter. A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname—Buffalo Bill—is stalking particular women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the F.B.I. Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, Chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and grisly killer now kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Lecter's insight into the minds of murderers could help track and capture Buffalo Bill. Smart and attractive, Starling is shaken to find herself in a strange, intense relationship with the acutely perceptive Lecter. His cryptic clues—about Buffalo Bill and about her—launch Clarice on a search that every reader will find startling, harrowing, and totally compelling. An ingenious, masterfully written novel, The Silence of the Lambs is a classic of suspense and storytelling."Article| Thomas Harris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Red Dragon
☯ Full Synopsis : "THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Feed your fears with this terrifying classic that introduced cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. FBI agent Will Graham once risked his sanity to capture Hannibal Lecter, an ingenious killer like no other. Now, he’s following the bloodstained pattern of the Tooth Fairy, a madman who’s already wiped out two families. To find him, Graham has to understand him. To understand him, Graham has only one place left to go: the mind of Dr. Lecter."Article| Thomas Harris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hannibal
☯ Full Synopsis : "_________________________ HANNIBAL LECTER HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FOR SEVEN YEARS. And seven years after he helped FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling bring down Buffalo Bill, her career is collapsing after a disastrous drug bust. Meanwhile, seven years after violently escaping from custody, Hannibal Lecter is hunted by Mason Verger, a psychopathic former client obsessed with feeding him to wild boars. With the one-time partners at a low ebb, Hannibal is the one to reach out to Clarice, who has been plagued by dreams of his rasping voice. It has been seven years since they both came to realise they shared more than they expected. Seven years since their last meeting. Seven years to lay plans for the next one... __________________________________ 'Quite simply a compelling and brilliant thriller' Mirror 'Addictive on every level' Express 'Better than Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs' Stephen King"Article| Thomas Harris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cari Mora
☯ Full Synopsis : "A resilient young woman must outwit a sadistic psychopath in this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of The Silence of the Lambs, a "master still at the top of his strange and chilling form" (Wall Street Journal). Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men. Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before. Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master."Article| Thomas Harris| Statement ..."