Pub Date: October 31, 2023
Genre: Self Improvement, Horror
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Page Count: 256
Format, ISBN, Price:
Paperback /978-0757324888 /$15.95
Ebook /9780757324895 /$11.99
Preston Fassel Honors: Two-time winner of the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Horror (2019 and 2022); 2022 Rondo Award Nominee for Book of the Year for Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street. Staff writer for Fangoria magazine from 2017-2020; nominated for the 2021 Rondo Award for Best Column for Corrupt Signals. Member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology.
ABOUT THE BOOK
What can horror—a genre concerned with death—teach us about being alive, and how can we apply those lessons in our day-to-day existence?
Horror aficionados Preston Fassel and Chris Grosso know that the genre is about much more than men in hockey masks chasing good-looking coeds through old dark houses. In this unique book, the pair look at the ways some of the most quintessential horror movies force their characters to find some semblance of inner strength in order to stand up to whatever monster is trying to take their lives. In doing so, they show us that these films are ripe for wellness and personal growth when looked at through a lens of self-improvement.
With incisive film commentary that connects to readers who struggle with any type of mental health issue, self-destructive behavior, or who are simply interested in what it means to be human, this book offers new ways to look at some horror classics. Whether it’s examining psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow self as exemplified by Michael Myers in Halloween, using Texas Chainsaw Massacre to look at the masks we wear, seeing the effects of living without gratitude in Hellraiser, or understanding Carrie as an exploration of toxic shame and guilt, Necessary Death asks readers:
- How do we find authentic inner strength and bravery, particularly when it comes to confronting our own inner demons?
- How can we unapologetically be our imperfectly perfect selves?
- Why is change a good thing, and how can we thrive with it?
- How do we cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude for life and the “little things” we often take for granted?
A perfect marriage of horror and healing, Necessary Death is for any reader who wants to look at the way stories—even the gruesome ones—mirror the human condition and what we can learn about ourselves by studying them.
Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304