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Skal, David J.

Overview
Works: 81 works in 256 publications in 2 languages and 10,427 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Drama  Horror films  Vampire films  Fiction  Biography  Biographies  Horror fiction  Monster films 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Cinematographer , Director, Author of screenplay, Researcher, Editor, Restager , pub
Classifications: PR6037.T617, 823.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David J Skal
The monster show : a cultural history of horror by David J Skal( Book )

34 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,278 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
Claude Rains : an actor's voice by David J Skal( )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,242 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
Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of Halloween by David J Skal( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,002 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
Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula by David J Skal( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society. Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary undead Count, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in this psychological and cultural portrait, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon. Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and famine fever, childhood opium abuse, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures, and the gnawing obsession with "bad blood" that informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side--a doppelgänger worthy of a Gothic novel. The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker's passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic, and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in splendidly gothic detail."--
Dracula : authoritative text, contexts, reviews and reactions, dramatic and film variations, criticism by Bram Stoker( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers' imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man's struggle to recover his "deepest sense of himself as a man", making it the "ultimate terror myth."
Hollywood gothic : the tangled web of Dracula from novel to stage to screen by David J Skal( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 836 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 commodity, digging through the populist veneer to reveal what the prince of darkness says about us all.--From publisher description
Dracula( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 638 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 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Screams of Reason, David J. Skal explores our perennial fascination with demented doctors, crazed clinicians, and technology-obsessed fiends. From nineteenth-century Romantic literature to Dr. Strangelove and Hannibal Lecter, the mad scientist proves himself to be a figure of myriad masks and guises - a far more interesting archetype than the nerd-run-amok of B-movies would indicate."--BOOK JACKET. "Screams of Reason is an exploration of the prop-laden laboratories of 1930s Hollywood, the mad-science mystique that colors the cult of the computer, the pseudo-science folklore of UFO abductions, and the demonization of doctors and medicine in the brave new world of HMOs and managed care."--BOOK JACKET
Graphic communications for the performing arts( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mummy the legacy collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 373 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
Dark carnival : the secret world of Tod Browning--Hollywood's master of the macabre by David J Skal( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His career virtually began with that of motion pictures (he was an actor for D.W. Griffith), but filmmaker Tod Browning is remembered today for two early sound masterworks of horror: Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi, and Freaks (1932), the bizarre, disquieting story of a traveling sideshow, cast with real-life human oddities. The outraged public reaction to the latter, which was quickly pulled from circulation, effectively derailed Browning's career. After a few final films, he withdrew to an eccentric retirement in Malibu until his death in 1962. Although his work was rediscovered by movie aficionados--Freaks became an arthouse staple in the antiestablishment 1960s--the director himself has remained largely anonymous. Skal and Savada rectify that situation with a detailed, painstakingly researched biography that draws on unpublished interviews with Browning's coworkers and friends as well as the new contributions of surviving family members. They call Browning's reclusive career and its dissolution 'one of Hollywood's most mysterious vanishing acts.' Their illuminating work should help win him his just place in the annals of cinema. - Gordon Flagg--BL 10/15/1995
Dracula : the ultimate, illustrated edition of the world-famous vampire play by Hamilton Deane( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 320 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
Vampires : encounters with the undead by David J Skal( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most wide-ranging collection of vampire tales ever features two centuries of spine-tingling writing, from John Polidori to Robert Block, Alexis Tolstoy to Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Henry Kuttner. Every page of Vampires features a column of commentary by the editor, expanding upon the stories and exploring the evolution of the vampire mystique in folklore, literature, and popular culture. More than 200 beautifully rendered black-and-white images of vintage engravings, film posters, and popular artifacts make this big book the ?living end? of vampire fact, fiction, and lore --
V is for Vampire : an A to Z guide to everything undead by David J Skal( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly as comprehensive as the recent Madonna encyclopedia and of far greater long-term appeal, Skal's vampire vade mecum is also wonderful to read straight through, for each page contains its entertaining tidbits. All of the expected entries are here--Lugosi, Bela; Stoker, Bram; Nosferatu, etc. But they are trumped in interest by the more obscure items: Mad Monster Party, for instance, a 1967 'live-animation horror comedy with music,' and many a foreign vampire movie, book, and story. The entry for the 1927 Lon Chaney movie London after Midnight is particularly entertaining, thanks to discussion of its status as a supposedly lost classic, unsubstantiated reports of which 'keep cropping up like sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.' Skal rakes up Karl Marx's vampire connection and Oscar Wilde's--which was more to be expected--too. Yet Skal notably refrains from desperate reaching to connect anything and everything to vampires and vampirism. His book is great fun and contains two must-have photos of, respectively, Bob Denver and Tiny Tim in Dracula drag. - Mike Tribby--BL 10/01/1995
Halloween : the history of America's darkest holiday by David J Skal( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 203 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"--
Bram Stoker( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program tells how Stoker came to write his masterpiece, Dracula, and explores the sometimes surprising details of his life
Antibodies by David J Skal( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mummy : complete legacy collection( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 102 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
Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula by David J Skal( Recording )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society. Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary undead Count, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in this psychological and cultural portrait, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon. Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and famine fever, childhood opium abuse, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures, and the gnawing obsession with "bad blood" that informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side--a doppelgänger worthy of a Gothic novel. The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker's passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic, and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in splendidly gothic detail."--
Dracula( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 55 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
 
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The monster show : a cultural history of horror
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Claude Rains : an actor's voiceDeath makes a holiday : a cultural history of HalloweenDracula : authoritative text, contexts, reviews and reactions, dramatic and film variations, criticismHollywood 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 macabreVampires : encounters with the undeadV is for Vampire : an A to Z guide to everything undead
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.

Languages
English (153)

Spanish (2)