Vuckovic's Horror Miscellany is like a horror scavenger hunt in a little book. On one page, you will find a brief biography on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Turn the page, and you get the story of of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast. A few pages later, you get a bio on the band Black Sabbath, a list of top ten vampire films, a quote from director David Cronenberg, and an overview of Francisco Goya's Black Paintings.
It is the sheer randomness of this book that makes it so compelling. You don't know what will be on the next page. It's a great primer for horror n00bs because none of the stories is more than a page long, and cover important horror icons such as George Romero, Clive Barker, Bela Lugosi, and The Walking Dead. But you also get profiles on more obscure topics, like Paul Naschy, The Castle of Otranto, Coffin Joe, penny dreadfuls, and the Grand Guinol. If you are looking for an orderly history of horror, this book may drive you a little nuts. But if you want an easily digestable serving of random horror facts, quotes, and lists, Vuckovic's Horror Miscellany is just what you need. Author Jovanka Vuckovic is a celebrated genre expert, journalist and filmmaker, so she knows her stuff.
Plus, any book that gives a whole section to Count Chocula is aces.