We Don't Go Back: A Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror

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Jon Dear, Monique Lacoste, Simeon Smith

Paperback, 440 pages

NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 BRAM STOKER AWARDS: Secret, strange, dark, impure and dissonant...Enter the haunted landscapes of folk horror, a world of pagan village conspiracies, witch finders, and teenagers awakening to evil; of dark fairy tales, backwoods cults and obsolete technologies. Beginning with the classics Night of the Demon, Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man and Blood on Satan’s Claw, We Don’t Go Back surveys the genre of screen folk horror from across the world. Travelling from Watership Down to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with every stop in between, We Don’t Go Back is a thoughtful, funny and essential overview of folk horror in TV and cinema.“A beautiful rumination on the dark films and television that shaped me and a generation of odd children, for good or ill, worth a year of your time, because you won’t just read the book, you’ll feel a burning desire to watch everything mentioned within.” – Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage “A comprehensive, accessible and often riotously funny tome weaving together folk horror in all its forms, from British television to the American backwoods, from Eastern European fairytales to the vengeful ghosts of East Asia. Ingham explores uncanny landscapes haunted by things buried, old cultures converging with the reluctance of contemporary reason, that very tension that gives his book its name. He attempts to both define folk horror and free it from definition, creating the ultimate guide to the genre’s manifestations on film and offering a convincing argument as to why the genre resonates so compellingly with people today.” – Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women