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Skal, David J.

Works: 55 works in 191 publications in 5 languages and 9,107 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Horror films  Monster films  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Vampire films  Psychological fiction  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Author of screenplay, Researcher, Director, Cinematographer , Restager
Classifications: PR6037.T617, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David J Skal
The monster show : a cultural history of horror by David J Skal( Book )

29 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminating the dark side of the American century, this book uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements. With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. He explores the disguised form in which Hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more.--From publisher description
Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of Halloween by David J Skal( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers an in-depth study of one of America's most popular and complex holidays, tracing its history back to Celtic lore and legend, explaining how it has evolved into its current form, and exploring its various traditions
Dracula by Bram Stoker( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When it was published in 1897, Dracula became one of the many contemporary titles that pitted humans against monsters. Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, and H.G. Wells, among others, all published in the same genre at about the same time. Yet it is Dracula that readers cannot forget. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the 1897 first edition; it is fully annotated. A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas. "Contexts" includes probably inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard. Also included are a discussion of Stoker's working notes for the novel and "Dracula's Guest," the original opening chapter to Dracula. "Reviews and Reactions" reprints five early reviews of the novel. "Dramatic and Film Variations" focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula, two indications of the novel's unwavering appeal. David J. Skal, Gregory A. Waller, and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives. Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included. "Criticism" collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A. Roth, Carol A. Senf, Franco Moretti, Christopher Craft, Bram Dijsktra, Steven D. Arata, and Talia Schaffer. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. -- Back cover
Hollywood gothic : the tangled web of Dracula from novel to stage to screen by David J Skal( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus. Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the ability to shapeshift into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wooden stake through the heart or a shaft of sunlight. In this critically acclaimed excursion through the life of a cultural icon, David Skal maps out the archetypal vampire's relentless trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to movie idol to cultural commidity, digging through the populist veneer to reveal what the prince of darkness says about us all
Dracula by Tod Browning( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of the Carpathian count who leaves terror in his wake as he travels from his home in eastern Europe to lease Carfax Abbey in London. Based on the hit Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston
Screams of reason : mad science and modern culture by David J Skal( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graphic communications for the performing arts( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mummy by Stephen Sommers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mummy (1932): "In 1921 a field expedition in Egypt discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian prince Im-Ho-Tep, who was condemned and buried alive for sacrilege. Also found in the tomb is the Scroll of Thoth, which can bring the dead back to life. One night a young member of the expedition reads the Scroll out loud, and then goes insane, realizing that he has brought Im-Ho-Tep back to life. Ten years later, disguised as a modern Egyptian, the mummy attempts to reunite with his lost love, an ancient princess who has been reincarnated into a beautiful young woman."--IMDB website
The annotated Dracula : [annotated ed. of] Dracula by Bram Stoker( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There are few figures who have towered over modern theater as predominantly as has the King of the Undead. Since its first authentic stage adaptation in 1924, Dracula has mesmerized audiences throughout the world with its atmospheric and dramatic struggle between the living and the undead." "This gorgeous edition makes available for the first time both the British and the Broadway versions of the classic play. Skillfully annotated by David J. Skal, author of Hollywood Gothic, and brimming with rare photos and illustrations, this volume is a timeless treasure that will haunt theaters and libraries for centuries to come."--Jacket
Dark carnival : the secret world of Tod Browning--Hollywood's master of the macabre by David J Skal( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V is for Vampire : an A to Z guide to everything undead by David J Skal( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vampires : encounters with the undead by David J Skal( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claude Rains : an actor's voice by David J Skal( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 'Claude Rains: an actor's voice, ' noted Hollywood author/writer David J. Skal draws on more than thirty hours of newly released Rains interviews to create the first full-length biography of the actor who was nominated multiple times for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Skal's portrait of the gifted actor also benefits from the insights of Jessica Rains, who provides firsthand accounts of the enigmatic man behind her father's refined screen presence and genteel public persona"--Inside cover
Antibodies by Kevin J Anderson( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fear that a deadly man-made plague is on the loose. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files"--Cases the bureau has deemed unsolvable - Mulder and Scully pursue the truth wherever it leads, even into the labyrinthine corridors of the FBI ... and beyond." "Racing to contain the lethal virus before it can spread, Mulder and Scully make a chilling discovery. Before his death, Dr. David Kennessy, a hotshot cancer researcher at DyMar, had been experimenting with a promising but highly dangerous technology: microscopic bio-machines that can cure any disease, heal any wound. In theory this research could be a miracle cure, perhaps even a doorway to immortality. It was also the only way Dr. Kennessy could save his leukemia-stricken son." "But when a second corpse turns up, savagely mutilated from within, it's anything but theoretical. Could machines created to cure have learned to kill? Scrambling for answers, Mulder and Scully are opposed at every step by faceless enemies with all the resources of the government - even perhaps of their own agency - at their command. Enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the secret of immortality falls in the right hands - their hands."--Jacket
Bram Stoker( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program tells how Stoker came to write his masterpiece, Dracula, and explores the sometimes surprising details of his life
Freaks by Tod Browning( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Des êtres difformes se produisent dans un célèbre cirque, afin de s'exhiber en tant que phénomènes de foire. Le liliputien Hans, fiancé à l'écuyère naine Frieda, est fasciné par la beauté de l'acrobate Cléopâtre. Apprenant que son soupirant a hérité d'une belle somme, celle-ci décide de l'épouser pour l'empoisonner ensuite avec la complicité de son amant Hercule. Mais le complot est découvert, et les amis de Hans et Frieda vont se venger..." (Source :
When we were good by David J Skal( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scavengers by David J Skal( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in French and English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Halloween : the history of America's darkest holiday by David J Skal( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cultural critic David J. Skal takes an in-depth look at one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal examines the tradition's dark Celtic history and traces its evolution in the course of a few generations from a quaint, small-scale celebration to a mammoth marketing event"--
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The monster show : a cultural history of horror
Alternative Names
David J. Skal Amerikaans romanschrijver

Skal, David

Дэвид Дж. Скал

דייוויד ג'. סקאל

スカル, デイヴィッド・J.

English (131)

French (4)

Spanish (4)

Italian (2)

German (1)

Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of HalloweenDraculaHollywood gothic : the tangled web of Dracula from novel to stage to screenDraculaScreams of reason : mad science and modern cultureDark carnival : the secret world of Tod Browning--Hollywood's master of the macabreV is for Vampire : an A to Z guide to everything undeadVampires : encounters with the undeadClaude Rains : an actor's voice