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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Horror Handbook (The)
by Paul van Loon
Age Range: 9-11
The Horror Handbook is a humorous tongue-in-cheek guide to the world of vampires, witches, monsters and so much more. In fact, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about ‘horror’. What happens to a vampire when he dies? How does somebody become a werewolf? What do Ghosts look like? How can you protect yourself from witches? All of these questions and more are answered in the chapters on Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, The Walking Dead, Witches and Monsters.
Chapter one is an introduction to horror, the definition of the word, the history and the ‘art of horror’ itself. Towards the end of the book there are chapters on horror films and three classic horror books – Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
If you are a fan of horror, this book by Dutch author Paul van Loon is for you. With its readable, witty format, translated by Sander Berg, it’s full of tips, anecdotes and trivia making it a fun and fascinating reference book. Delightful black and white illustrations from Axel Scheffler provide additional humour creating a perfect accompaniment to Loon’s text.