I'm quoted and discussed in a brand new book from the University of Texas Press on the horror genre after September 11, 2001 called, appropriately enough Horror After 9/11 by Aviva Briefel and Sam J. Miller. In this book, the authors quote my Knowing Fear several times in relation to the torture porn genre. The authors examine my view that the popularity of horror cannot be conclusively tied to states of war, and they critique my opinion that the Saw movies' villain, Jigsaw, exists primarily as a justification for depicting torture on screen, preferring to read him instead as a complex psychological figure.
Read more about the book here.
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