Death Makes a Holiday (Paperback)

A Cultural History of Halloween

By David J. Skal

Bloomsbury USA, 9781582343051, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/1/2002)

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Description

Using a mix of personal anecdotes and perceptive social analysis, acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal examines the amazing phenomenon of Halloween, exploring its dark Celtic history and illuminating why it has evolved-in the course of a few short generations-from a quaint, small-scale celebration into the largest seasonal marketing event outside of Christmas.



About the Author

David J. Skal is the author of "Hollywood Gothic," "The Monster Show," "V Is for Vampire," "Screams of Reason," and, with Elias Savada, "Dark Carnival." With Nina Auerbach, he is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." A longtime New Yorker, he now lives in Los Angeles.


Praise For Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween

"Wonderfully well written, outrageous, and provocative."-Booklist

"Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter of Death Makes a Holiday like a toothsome treat."-Christian Science Monitor

"Skal is a connoisseur of the macabre."-New York Times Book Review




"Wonderfully well written, outrageous, and provocative."



"Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter of Death Makes a Holiday like a toothsome treat."



"Skal is a connoisseur of the macabre."