New From FAB Press - House Of Psychotic Women
By James Whittington
Thursday 5th Jul 2012
We can finally bring you news of House Of Psychotic Women, the much anticipated release from FAB Press which is now on sale as a pre-order item. The hardback edition is strictly limited to only 250 copies worldwide and comes with alternative cover artwork, plus an exclusive free gift of a flexi-disc postcard featuring the song Somebody's Waitin' For You by Charles Bernstein, from the 1972 film Pigs! The paperback edition (pictured) will be released on September 29th
To give it its full title, House of Psychotic Women - An Autobiographical Topography Of Female Neurosis In Horror And Exploitation Films has been written by respected writer and film programmer Kier-La Janisse.
The full blurb goes like this: Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart - 'the eccentric' - the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play. House Of Psychotic Women is an examination of these characters through a daringly personal autobiographical lens. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and a celebration of female madness, both onscreen and off. This sharply-designed book with a 32-page full-colour section is packed with rare stills, posters, pressbooks and artwork that combine with family photos and artifacts to form a titillating sensory overload, with a filmography that traverses the acclaimed and the obscure in equal measure. Films covered include The Entity, Paranormal Activity, Singapore Sling, 3 Women, Toys Are Not For Children, Repulsion, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, The Haunting of Julia, Secret Ceremony, Cutting Moments, Out Of The Blue, Mademoiselle, The Piano Teacher, Possession, Antichrist and hundreds more!