When Spectacular Optical announced its holiday-themed book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television at the end of last year, the roster of contributors was pretty robust already; but they did promise “more to be confirmed.” And true to their word, they’ve announced four more.
Joining the collection are Amanda Reyes, Lee Gambin, Neil Mitchell, and Derek Johnston.
From the Announcement Press Release:
Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce its forthcoming book devoted to the dark side of holiday entertainment, YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR ON FILM AND TELEVISION, to be released in the last quarter of 2017. This comprehensive new collection of essays is set to deck your halls with insightful looks at all your festive fright favourites, from the BBC’s “A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS” series to SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (and the ensuing controversy), from Eastern European folk-horrors all the way up to the seasonal succubi of the “New French Extremity”—followed by a compendium of nearly 200 Christmas horror film reviews.
YULETIDE TERROR follows on the success of Spectacular Optical’s previous books KID POWER! and SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s—the latter of which promptly sold out and was reprinted in a second edition by the UK’s FAB Press. It is the third book in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books.
Contributors to YULETIDE TERROR include Stephen Thrower (NIGHTMARE USA), Kim Newman (NIGHTMARE MOVIES), Maitland McDonagh (BROKEN MIRRORS/BROKEN MINDS: THE DARK DREAMS OF DARIO ARGENTO), Caelum Vatnsdal (THEY CAME FROM WITHIN: A HISTORY OF CANADIAN HORROR CINEMA), longtime FANGORIA editor Michael Gingold, Shelagh Rowan-Legg (THE SPANISH FANTASTIC), Alexandra West (FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY), Michael Helms (FATAL VISIONS), Andrea Subissati (The FACULTY OF HORROR Podcast), Zack Carlson (DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!) Diane A. Rodgers (CINEMA RETRO), Andrew Nette (PULP CURRY), David Bertrand (SATANIC PANIC), Heather Drain (DANGEROUS MINDS, DIABOLIQUE), David Canfield (SCREEN ANARCHY), Eric Zaldivar (co-writer, DJANGO LIVES!), Leslie Hatton (POPSHIFTER), Owen Williams (EMPIRE), Ralph Elawani (BLEU NUIT: HISTOIRE D’UN CINÉPHILIE NOCTURNE), Ariel Fisher (RUE MORGUE), Zach Clark (writer/director, WHITE REINDEER) as well as Spectacular Optical co-editors Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) and Paul Corupe (CANUXPLOITATION)—and more to be confirmed.
The cover is designed and illustrated by British artist Alisdair Wood, who will be creating chapter headings throughout the book.
The launch of YULETIDE TERROR will be accompanied by screenings and events in multiple cities. More announcements are forthcoming.