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This is a cumulative list of the more important references used in researching Tabula Rasa. Whilst, looking back, there are a number that shouldn't have been added to the list at the time (particularly from #1, such as 89), this is in general a much recommended list of reading material for researching the horror genre and related subjects.

1 The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, Alan Ryan (ed), Penguin, London, 1987
2 Chronicle of the World, Jerome Burne (ed), Chronicle, 1991, c1989
3 Halliwell's Film Guide (7th edition), Leslie Halliwell, Paladin, London, 1989.
4 The Official Splatter Movie Guide, John McCarty, St Martin's Press, New York, 1989.
5 The Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction, Phil Hardy, William Morrow and Company, New York, 1984.
6 The World of Charles Addams, Alfred A. Knopf Inc, New York, 1991.
7 Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allen Poe, Everyman's Library, New York, 1975, c1908.
8 A Pictorial History of Horror Stories, Peter Haining, Treasure Press, London, 1985, c1976.
9 Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Maartin Sims, 1992) programme guide.
10 Three Gothic Novels, Peter Fairclough (ed), Penguin, International, 1988, c1968.
11 The Black Scrolls, David Carroll, Burnt Toast no. 4, 1990.
12 Box of Jhana, David Carroll, Burnt Toast no. 7, 1991.
13 A Pictorial History of Horror Movies, J. Gifford, London, 1972.
14 Time After Time, Kim Newman, in FEAR no. 12, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1989.
15 Vampyr, David Stratton's introduction, SBS TV, Australia, 1991.
16 Horror Live, Wayne Drew, in FEAR no. 24, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
17 Heritage of Horror, Robert Bloch, in The Dunwich Horror and Others, H. P. Lovecraft, Arkham House, Sauk City, 1982, c1963.
18 Danse Macabre: The Anatomy of Horror, Stephen King, Futura, London, 1981.
19 The Twilight Zone Companion, Mark Scott Zicree, Bantam, 1982.
20 Encyclopedia Britannica, vol 6. Philip W. Goetz (ed), 1985.
21 Great Writers of the English Language Vol 12: Writers of Mystery and Suspense, Jude Welton and Sylvia Golding (ed), Martin Cavendish, New York, 1989.
22 Caligari's Children -- The Film As A Tale of Terror, Siegbert S. Prawer. Oxford University Press, 1980.
23 The Dead That Walk, Leslie Haliwell, Halliwell's Moving Picture, Paladin 1988 c.1986
24 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (1989), Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (ed), St Martin's Press, New York, 1990.
25 The Good Fabric: Of Night Shifts and Skeleton Crews, William F. Nolan, in Kingdom of Fear, Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller (ed), New English Library, 1986.
26 Vandemonian no 1, Kate George (ed), PUBLIkateTION, Launceston, 1991.
27 One Man's Meat/Eaten Alive, Julian Petley, in FEAR no. 14 and 15, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
28 The Addams Chronicles, Stephen Cox, Harper Perennial, New York, 1991.
29 Raising the Very Devil, Roger Kean, in FEAR no. 16, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
30 For Goodness Sake?, Howard Wornom, in Omni, Vol 12. No. 3, Omni Publications Int. 1989.
31 House of Splat-Stick, Shane Danielsen, in The Sydney Morning Herald: Metro, February 19, 1993.
32 Horror: 100 Best Books, Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (ed), Xanadu, London, 1988.
33 Variety Movie Guide, Derek Elley (ed), Hamlyn, London, 1992.
34 British Authors Before 1800, Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycroft, (ed) HW Wilson, New York, 1952.
35 Descension, an Essay into the Depths, Kyla Ward, 1992.
36 The EC Story, Mark Voger, in Comics Spectacular #7, Starlog Communications International, New York, 1992.
37 Encyclopedia of World Crime, Jay Robert Nash, CrimeBooks, Inc, Wilmetle IL, 1989.
38 The Hamlyn Illustrated Encyclopedia, Hamlyn, London, 1977.
39 Beware the Risks of Toxic Celluloid, Phillip Adams, in The Weekend Australian, 15/6/1991.
40 Don't Judge a Book by its Plastic-wrapped Cover, Don Anderson, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 15/6/1991.
41 The Fright Stuff, David Dale, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 29/6/1991.
42 George Miller interview, 2JJJ, 19/3/1993.
43 Telepathic Prufrock, Van Ikin. in The Sydney Morning Herald, 19/3/1993.
44 Dead, but Not Buried, Mark Kermode, in FEAR no 18, Newsfield, Ludlow, June 1990.
45 Coleridge, edited Kathleen Raine, Penguin, London, 1957.
46 The New Rocky Horror Show (Nigel Triffit, 1992) programme guide.
47 The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, Jack Sullivan (ed), Viking Penguin Inc, New York, 1986.
48 Twin Peaks archive, at
49 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Rosane Dunn, 1992) programme guide.
50 The Hamlyn Book of Horror and S.F. Movie Lists, Roy Pickard, Hamlyn, Middlesex, 1983.
51 The Dark Descent: The Colour of Evil, David G. Hartwell (ed), GraftonBooks, London, 1990, c1987.
52 Seduction of the Innocents, Di Wathen, in Skeleton Crew, Argus Specialist Publications, December 1990.
53 Spider, Robert Sampson, Bowling Green State Uni Popular Press, 1987.
54 The Shadow Scrapbook, Walter B. Gibson, First Harvest/HBJ Edition, 1979.
55 M. C. Escher: The Graphic Work, Taco, Berlin, 1959.
56 Ground Into Pulps, John A. Dinan, in Fangoria #121, Starlog Communications, New York, April 1993.
57 Phantasmal Images, Stan Nicholls, in Skeleton Crew, Argus Specialist Publications, December 1990.
58 Hellraiser Trading Cards, Eclipse Books, Forestville CA, 1992.
59 The Penguin Dictionary of the Theatre, John Russell Taylor, Penguin, Middlesex, 1984, c1966.
60 The Oxford Companion to the Theatre, Phyllis Hartnoll (ed), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1983, c1951.
61 The Dance of Death, Hans Holbein the Younger, Dover Publications, New York, 1971, c1538.
62 Description by Magnus Sandell (magnus, on UseNet group alt.cult-movies.
63 Hellblazer #7, Jamie Delano and John Ridgway, DC Comics, New York, 1988.
64 Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux, WH Allen & Co Plc, London, 1986, c1911.
65 The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats, Patrick Robertson, Guinness, Middlesex, 1991.
66 Slice of Life, Mark Kermode, in FEAR no. 17, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
67 I Spit in Your Face: Films that Bite, Chas. Balun, in Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror, Paul M. Sammon (ed), Xanadu, London, 1990.
68 Stephen King's World of Horror, John Simmons, Baruch Television Group, 1989.
69 The Aroma of Troma, John Gilbert, in FEAR no. 17, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
70 The Secret Origin of Fangoria, Robert Martin, in Bloody Best of Fangoria no. 11, Starlog Communications, New York, 1992.
71 Terror Australis Number 3, Leigh Blackmore (ed), a R'leyh Text, Sydney, 1992.
72 Outlaws, Paul M. Sammon, in Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror, Paul M. Sammon (ed), Xanadu, London, 1990.
73 Speaking with Dark Voices, Stan Nicholls, in The Best of Dark Side, Allan Bryce (ed), Stray Cat Publishing, Plymouth, 1992.
74 Chronicle of the 20th Century, John Ross (ed), Chronicle, 1991, c1990.
75 Movie Trivia, Murray Chapman (ed), UseNet Frequently Asked Questions list, 1993.
76 Censorship in Japan: A Case of Splitting Hairs, Ben Hills, in The Sydney Morning Herald, August 21, 1993.
77 To Cut or Not to Cut, by Lynden Barber, in The Sydney Morning Herald, October 14, 1993.
78 Titan of Tigon Terror, by Steve Swires, in Fangoria #129, Starlog Communications, New York, December 1993.
79 Dracula: Prince of Many Faces, Radu R. Florescu and Raymond T. McNally, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1989.
80 Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, Christopher Frayling, faber and faber, London, 1991.DJC
81 The Dracula Scrapbook, Peter Haining, Chancellor Press, London, 1992, c1987.DJC
82 Into the Unknown, Reader's Digest Services Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1982.JT(excerpt DJC)
83 The Rough Guide to Eastern Europe: Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, Dan Richardson and Jill Denton, Harrap-Columbus, Kent, 1988.SML
84 Children of the Night, Dan Simmons, Headline, London, 1992.DJC
85 Dracula, or the Un-Dead, Bram Stoker, Constable, 1897.DJC
86 Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media, Les Daniels, Granada, London, 1977, c1975.
87 Best Loved Bad Guy Dies (Vincent Price obituary), in the Daily Telegraph Mirror, Sydney, October 10th, 1993.
88 Prodigious author, linguist, scholar (Anthony Burgess obituary), in The Sydney Morning Herald, November 27, 1993.
89 Drugs killed Phoenix, in the Sun Herald, Sydney, November 14, 1993.
90 A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess Review, Heath Gibney, in Skinned Alive issue 5, edited by Rod Williams, Brisbane, August 1993.
91 Werewolves on Reels, Tom Weaver, in Fangoria #129, Starlog Communications, New York, December 1993.
92 Shocked! Than Davis. Letter to Fangoria #25, Starlog Communications, New York, February 1983.
93 The One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom and Other Writings, The Marquis de Sade, compiled by Austryn Wainhouse and Richard Seaver, Arrow Books, London, 1966, c1784.
94 The Television Late Night Horror Omnibus, by Peter Haining (ed), Orion, London, 1993.
95 Criminals At Large, by Newgate Callendar, in The New York Times, June 6, 1971.
96 Queen of the Damned, by Michael Fitzgerald, in Who, Time Inc, Sydney, November 29, 1993.
97 The Medieval Inquisition, Bernard Hamilton. Foundations of Medieval History, series ed. M.T. Clanchy. Edward Arnold, London, 1981.
98 A History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, H.C. Lea. Vol I. Macmillan, New York. 1909.
99 Practica Inquisitionis Heretice Pravitatis, Bernardo Gui. trans. Peter Amann, in The Medieval World and its Transformations, ed. Gerald M. Straka, Vol.II of Western Society: Institutions and Ideals. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1967.
100 The Waning of the Middle Ages, Johan Huizinga, trans. F.Hopman. Penguin. England, 1924.
101 The Embarrassment of Riches: an interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, Simon Schama, Fontana, Great Britain, 1987.
102 A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, Pagans, Jeffery B. Russell. Thames and Hudson, London, 1980.
103 Malleus Maleficarium, Hienrich Institoris and Jakob Sprenger. trans. Montague Summers, London 1928.
104 The Anthropology of Evil, ed. David Parkin. Basil Blackwell, Great Britain. 1987.
105 The Internet Movie Database
106 Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden, Stephen Jones (ed), Underwood-Miller, Lancaster, 1991.
107 Talking Italian, Mark Kermode, in FEAR no. 34, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1991.
108 Art and Symbols of the Occult, James Wasserman, Tiger Books, London, 1993.
109 Supernatural Horror in Literature, H. P. Lovecraft, Dover, New York, 1973, c1927.
110 Horror and Science Fiction Films II, Donald C. Willis, The Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, 1982.
111 She Has Another Date With the Devil, Peter Andrews, in The New York Times, New York, October 5th, 1975.
112 Drug Charge Dropped, in The New York Times, New York, April 18th, 1978.
113 Todd McCarthy in Film Comment. Quoted in Preview: Program Guide to the AFI Theatre and Member Events, The American Film Institute, Washington, August 1990.
114 Exorcised, Mark Kermode, in FEAR no 24, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1990.
115 Anthony Hopkins: The Authorised Biography, Quentin Falk, Virgin, London, 1992, c1989.
116 From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts, by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, MAD LOVE and Tundra Publishing Ltd., Northampton, 1992, c1991.
117 The Comedy of Dante Alighieri The Florentine: Cantica I: HELL, by Dante, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers, Penguin Books, London, 1949.
118 Inferno (1988), trans Tom Phillips, p Denis Wigman and Kees Kasander, d Peter Greenaway and Tom Phillips, for Channel Four Television.
119 The Prince, Niccols Machiavelli, Penguin Books, London, 1961, c1500s.
120 Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell, Dan Simmons, in Dark Visions, Douglas E Winter (ed), Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1989.
121 Tales of Love and Death: Dan Simmons, Leigh Blackmore, in The Australian SF Writers' News, Steven Paulsen (ed), number 6, Chimaera Publications, Belgrave, June 1993.
122 Sandman issue 3: A Hope in Hell, Neil Gaiman, DC Comics, New York, 1988.
123 The Little Book of Smethers and other Stories, Lord Dunsany, Remploy, 1978, c19??.
124 Concise Atlas of Australia and the World, Bay Books, Sydney, 1984.
125 Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror, Stanley Wiater, Avon Books, New York, 1990.
126 Richard Matheson: Master of Fantasy, Paul M Sammon, in Fangoria #2, O'Quinn studios, New York, October 1979.
127 Contemporary Authors, Francis C Loches (ed), Gale Research Company, Detroit, 1981.
128 The Hour Of Our Death, Phillipe Aries, trans. Helen Weaver. Allen Lane, Penguin Books, London. 1981 (1977).
129 The Corpse and Popular Culture, The Body, details unavailable.
130 The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie. MacMillan London, 1980.
131 German Poetry from 1750 to 1900. ed. Robert Browning. 'The German Library', series ed. Vokmar Sander. Continuum, New York. 1984.
132 Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages, Umberto Eco, tran. Hugh Bredin, Yale University, 1988 (1959).
133 Censorship or Classification, Dave Keep, in FEAR no 1, Newsfield, Ludlow, 1988.
134 Epi-Log #3, Jim Mires (ed), ???, January 1991.
135 Dark Shadows in the Afternoon, Kathleen Resch and Marcy Robin, Image Publishing, New York, 1991.
136 The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, Donald Spoto, Back Bay Books, Boston, 1993, c1983.
137 50 Ways To Fight Censorship, and important facts to know about the censors, Dave Marsh, Thunders Mouth Press, New York, 1991.
138 What the Censor Saw... And We Didn't, Phil Edwards, in Shocking Cinema, Meatmare Press, Australia, 1987.
139 Cronenberg on Cronenberg, Chris Rodley (ed), faber and faber, London, 1993, c1992.
140 Discovering Modern Horror Fiction II, Darrell Schweitzer (ed), Starmont House, Mercer Island, Washington, 1988.
141 Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Other Writings, The Marquis de Sade, Arrow Books, London, 1965, c1787.
142 Juliette, The Marquis de Sade, Arrow Books, London, 1968, c1797.
143 The Marquis de Sade: A Biography, Gilbert Lily, Elek Books, London, 1961, c1957.
144 The Publication of The Monk: A Literary Event 1796-1798, Andri Parreaux, Librairie Marcel Didier, Paris, 1960.
145 The Gothic Quest: A History of the Gothic Novel, Montague Summers, The Fortune Press, London, 1968.
146 Scared Stiff, Ramsey Campbell, Futura, London, 1991.
147 Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol J Clover, Princeton University Press, 1992.
148 The Passionate Philosopher: A Marquis de Sade Reader, edited by Margaret Crosland, Minerva, London, 1993, c1991.
149 The Monk, Matthew Lewis, introduction by Howard Anderson, The World's Classics, Oxford University Press, 1980, c1796.
150 Must We Burn Sade? Simone de Beauvoir, in Les Temps Modernes, 1951-2. Reprinted in [93].
151 Richard Matheson: He is Legend, Mark Rathbun and Graeme Flanagan, California, 1984.
152 Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Selected Poems and Prose, second edition enlarged, edited by Elisabeth Schneider, Rinehart Editions.
153 The Shape Under the Sheet: The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia, by Stephen J Spignesi, The Overlook Connection Press, Woodstock, 1991
154 The Philosophy of Horror, or, Paradoxes of the Heart, Nvel Carroll, Routledge, 1990.
155 The Australian Film and Television Companion, Tony Harrison, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
156 Dick Smith: A Conference with the Dean, in Fangoria #61, Starlog Communications, New York, February 1987.
157 Dark Visions: Conversations with the Masters of the Horror Film, Stanley Wiater, Avon Books, New York, 1992.
158 Rick Baker: The Wonder Years, in Fangoria #34 and 35, March 1984.
159 The 'Uncanny', Sigmund Freud, Art and Literature, trans. James Strachey. The Penguin Freud Library, vol 14. series ed. Albert Dickson. Penguin Books, 1990 (1985).
160 Print and the People 1819-1851, Louis James, Allen Lane, London, 1976.
161 Fiction For the Working Man 1830-1850, Louis James, Oxford University Press, London, 1963.
162 The Mystery and Horrible Murders of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Peter Haining, Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1979.
163 The Face of Tutankhamun, Christopher Frayling, Faber and Faber, London, 1992.
164 Vampire: The Encyclopaedia, Matthew Bunson, Thames and Hudson, London, 1993
165 Out of this World: The Complete Book of Fantasy, by Michael Page and Robert Ingpen, Lansdowne Press, Sydney, 1986.
166 Encyclopedia of World Mythology, Peerage Books, London, 1975.
167 The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi, Macmillan Publishing, New York, 1980.
168 Hammer Horror: Collector's Special, edited by Marcus Hearn, Marvel Comics UK, London, 1995.


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