Gothic foundations
"The Pest House," "Hell House," and "The Murder House"
in Men with stakes
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This chapter traces gothic television’s suspicion of three grounds for the empirical certainty depicted through realism: science, media, and Hollywood itself. In two episodes of Millennium, for instance, scientific profiling fails, and Supernatural’s early seasons return again and again to popular media as a vehicle that produces, rather than represents, the material world. The chapter concludes with the first season of American Horror Story, where the darker history of Hollywood constantly erupts into what is in many respects a conventional narrative of domestic gothic. All of the episodes at the centre of this chapter focus on, or are named for, houses, but as public institutions rather than domestic spaces.

Men with stakes

Masculinity and the gothic in US television

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