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Horror Video Games Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play

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ISBN-10: 0786441976

ISBN-13: 9780786441976

Edition: 2009

Authors: Bernard Perron, Clive Barker

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Critics of the horror story have frequently called Clive Barker the "British Stephen King". Born in Liverpool in 1952, Barker attended the University of Liverpool but moved to London in 1977, where he worked as a commercial artist and became involved with the avant-garde theatrical community. Primarily a playwright during this period, he also produced short fiction that he would eventually publish as part of his six-volume collection titled Books of Blood (1984-85). More than any other author of contemporary horror fiction, Barker has had a major impact on the direction of the genre. He has introduced strong elements of sex and graphic violence into his fiction, but these elements are…    

Foreword: A Little Light in the Darkness
Introduction: Gaming After Dark
Approaching the Genre
Match Made in Hell: The Inevitable Success of the Horror Genre in Video Games
Games of Fear: A Multi-Faceted Historical Account of the Horror Genre in Video Games
Gothic Bloodlines in Survival Horror Gaming
Storytelling in Survival Horror Video Games
Shock, Horror: First-Person Gaming, Horror, and the Art of Ludic Manipulation
Haunting Backgrounds: Transnationality and Intermediality in Japanese Survival Horror Video Games
The Survival Horror: The Extended Body Genre
Encountering the Games
Plunged Alone into Darkness: Evolution in the Staging of Fear in the Alone in the Dark Series
Patterns of Obscurity: Gothic Setting and Light in Resident Evil 4 and Silent Hill 2
Hair-Raising Entertainment: Emotions, Sound, and Structure in Silent Hill 2 and Fatal Frame
Complete Horror in Fatal Frame
Gaming's Hauntology: Dead Media in Dead Rising, Siren and Michigan: Report from Hell
The Rules of Horror: Procedural Adaptation in Clock Tower, Resident Evil, and Dead Rising
Reanimating H.P. Lovecraft: The Ludic Paradox of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
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