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Silent Screams

by Steve Haberman

Published by Luminary Press

Print edition 2003

Reviewed by Mark Owings
Review posted 6/16/08

Not very new, but I just read it because the publisher (Gary & Sue Svehla at have it at half-price for a while. This is a very detailed study of silent-era horror films, with a still (mostly partial-page) on about half the pages. The definition of "horror" is loose enough to include "Metropolis." Thorough (and gossipy), though weak in things outside movies proper.

For example, in the discussion of "A Blind Bargain," from a Barry Pain novel, he says that Pain's "An Exchange of Souls" is about a man with wings, while it's about… an exchange of souls (or body-switching, if you want.)

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