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BOOKSHELF: Qiana Whitted’s Brilliant Analysis of EC Comics “Preachies”

Qiana Whitted’s new book for Rutgers University Press, EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, perfectly demonstrates why I love the ’50s publisher of titles like Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, and Weird Science. In the course of her analysis, Whitted — a professor of English and African American studies at the University of South Carolina — breaks down a series of stories from the course of the company’s history, demonstrating that the “Entertaining Comics” could be more than just lurid and violent twist endings. Specifically, Whitted looks at the preachies, “socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism
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Bookshelf: Two Tiny Tomes of Terror — MONSTER CINEMA & I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

It seems appropriate that the two latest books added to my bookshelf are pocket paperbacks. Sometimes, massive books devoted to film studies have a tendency to ramble on, taking far more pages than necessary to communicate their points. This made the arrival of the latest installments of Wallflower Press’ Cultographies and Rutgers University Press’ Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture series interesting reads: they make their points succinctly and directly. The latest Cultographies book is David Maguire’s analysis of Meir Zarchi’s 1978 rape-revenge film, I Spit on Your Grave. Maguire looks at the issues surrounding the film — the misogyny,
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