‘The war has done strange things to you’ – trauma in the 1960s and 1970s
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This chapter returns to the theme of war, arguing that the rise of the monster kid and the televised violence of the Vietnam War created a shift in the genre – while 1950s horror generally revolves around white male victim and Othered monster, in the 1970s horror increasingly occurs at the hands of white male perpetrators. At the same time, however, the genre shifted to ongoing storylines featuring evolving and somewhat emotionally complex characters, inviting sympathy for the monster.

Printing terror

American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique


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