Back in October we first learned about Scott Kessinger’s Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis, and now the book about all four Scream films is poised to enjoy wider distribution via Kindle, Nook, Barnes & Noble, and international Amazon stores after its successful initial release.
From the Press Release:
Americans who like their slasher films with a side order of introspection have made Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis by Scott Kessinger an unlikely hit, and now fans abroad can join in, in both print and electronic form. Independent publishing imprint Stinger Books announced this week that Scream Deconstructed is now available through a number of new avenues for the first time: The eBook version is available on Kindle and Nook eReaders; the paperback form is now carried by Barnes & Noble – the largest book retailer in the U.S. – through its website; and perhaps most importantly, the book is now available on the international sites of online giant Amazon.
The wider distribution includes much of Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan as well as much of mainland Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The pricing varies slightly from territory to territory, but the German Amazon website lists the paperback edition for €7.99 and the ebook for €4.59 EUR, while the American version lists them at $9.99 and $3.99 USD, respectively. Until now, Scream Deconstructed was exclusive to the American Amazon website and has continually topped the retailer’s Film History & Criticism bestseller list since its initial release in October.
Stinger Books says it had given the book only a modest online ad campaign and attributes the book’s success mostly to word-of-mouth among Scream and horror fans. The success of Scream Deconstructed is all the more surprising because it was achieved without the backing of the film studio behind the Scream movies. As the subtitle “An Unauthorized Analysis” suggests, Scream Deconstructed was not licensed by The Weinstein Company, which owns the rights to the films, nor filmmakers Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. Kessinger said he made sure “to be respectful of the fact that Scream isn’t my property. It’s not trying to repackage the films’ content and sell it back to you. My review, the analysis, is the content of the book.”
The Scream film series started in 1996 and has had four installments; the latest, Scream 4, was released earlier this year. The movies quickly became some of the most influential in film history and are considered a genre landmark. Kessinger noted, “Critics all seem to agree that the Scream movies had a lot going on under the surface, but there’s nowhere near as much literature about them as you might think. It inspired me to try to fill that void.”
Fans can keep up with the latest developments with the book through the official Scream Deconstructed website.
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