• The Demise of the cinematic zombie: from the golden age of Hollywood to the 1940s

      Fenton, Louise; Degiglio-Bellemare, Mario; Ellbé, Charlie; Woofter, Kristopher (Lexington Books, 2014-12-11)
      The 1940s is a lost decade in horror cinema, undervalued and written out of most horror scholarship. This collection revises, reframes, and deconstructs persistent critical binaries that have been put in place by scholarly discourse to label 1940s horror as somehow inferior to a “classical” period or “canonical” mode of horror in the 1930s, especially as represented by the monster films of Universal Studios. The book's four sections re-evaluate the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors informing 1940s horror cinema to introduce new theoretical frameworks and to open up space for scholarly discussion of 1940s horror genre hybridity, periodization, and aesthetics. Chapters focused on Gothic and Grand Guignol traditions operating in forties horror cinema, 1940s proto-slasher films, the independent horrors of the Poverty Row studios, and critical reevaluations of neglected hybrid films such as The Vampire’s Ghost (1945) and “slippery” auteurs such as Robert Siodmak and Sam Neufield, work to recover a decade of horror that has been framed as having fallen victim to repetition, exhaustion, and decline.
    • A tale of two poppets

      Fenton, Louise (Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 2020)
      On a visit to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in 2009, a chance meeting between myself, Louise Fenton, and Graham King, the then owner of the Museum, led to the start of years of research and fascination with the stories behind the curses in the collection (to be included in a forthcoming publication with Troy Books). It began with an introduction to two curious clay dolls, wrapped in brown paper, black tissue paper and ‘Boots the Chemist’ ribbon, that lay in the cabinet of curses along with other poppets. The dolls on display were all intended to harm, yet their histories were relatively unknown. These two poppets were to be the focus of the initial research. This is their story…