—Sydney Garcia and Sarah Bode
Scouring the tombs (and tomes) of our library, we’ve cobbled together a list of scary books that are sure to ensnare you this spooky season! Use the promo code werewolfH18 for 37% off your order of these creepy books…
(Why 37? Because 37 is the scariest number of all. According to Forbes, the average student debt in America is $37,172. That’s Elm Street scary. That’s seeing the girl from The Ring crawl out of your TV screen. That’s one reality of American education today… scary.)
“[An] incisive, accessible work . . . Cowan’s insightful exploration of the religious questions raised by King provides a fresh way for viewing the religious dimensions of popular culture.” —Publishers Weekly
Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture
“[A] landmark in the evolution of modern culture, documenting the significant increase of public interest and richness of popular culture about possibilities that exist just outside the boundaries of science and religion…” —William Sims Bainbridge, author of eGods: Faith Versus Fantasy in Computer Gaming and Across the Secular Abyss
Imperial Encounters with Cannibals in the North Atlantic World
“This fine book follows untraveled paths, combining fascinating discoveries in new primary sources with refreshing interpretations of a difficult subject.” —Journal of American History
Manhood and Witchcraft in Old and New England
“Anyone seeking a fresh perspective on, and deeper understanding of, [demonic and witchcraft] possession accounts will not be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly
The History and Politics of Alien Abduction
By Bridget Brown
For all you X-Files fans, They Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves hosts a slew of interviews with alleged alien abductees from the New York area. Whether you believe in aliens or not, alleged alien abductees believe passionately in their own accounts, and they should be taken seriously for what they tell us about our changing understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Bridget Brown suggests a new way to think about alien abduction—as a phenomenon rooted in the social, cultural, and political history of the United States in the late twentieth century. Accounts of alien abduction express a pervasive sense of anxiety about and disenfranchisement from the projects of national technical, scientific, and social progress in America since the 1960s, as people increasingly have felt unable to know what is real or true about themselves and the world. What we can’t figure out is what’s scarier—the alien abductions or the politics…
“Brown’s brilliant study is so much more than a book about alien abduction—it is a flesh-and-blood inquiry into the nature of belief in a technologically advanced society.” —Andrew Ross, author of Fast Boat to China
How the Media Censor and Display the Dead
“Stellar findings. This book is sure to be important for years to come.” —Howard S. Becker, Author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance.
Winner of the 2018 Media Ecology Association’s Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction
Winner of the Eastern Communication Association’s Everett Lee Hunt Award
Legal Challenges to Government Surveillance
By Jeffrey L. Vagle
There are few things scarier than the idea that the government is listening to us—especially when there is no V to help free us. The sharply increased focus on national security since 9/11 has given rise to increased surveillance, and with it, an increased concern that these new surveillance programs violate constitutionally protected rights. Jeffrey L. Vagle illuminates the sometimes Orwellian legal, political, and social contexts of government surveillance programs, including the history of military domestic surveillance in America, the tensions between the three branches of government, the powers of the presidency in times of war (and the role of Congress in regulating those powers), and the power of individual citizens. While it may not be 1984, Vagle examines our constitutional democratic system of government and its ability to remain healthy and intact during times of national crisis.
“Must reading for anyone concerned about the erosion of privacy and cyber integrity.” —David Kairys, Temple law professor, author of Philadelphia Freedom, Memoir of a Civil Rights Lawyer
Or, A Period of Time
By Muhammad al-Muwaylihi
Translated by Roger Allen
Foreword by Maria Golia
Do you take contemplative walks through graveyards? If you answered yes…OK weirdo, you’re in good company with What ‘Isa ibn Hisham Told Us. Bridging classical genres and modern Arabic fiction, What ‘Isa ibn Hisham Told Us is divided into two parts. Sarcastic in tone and critical in outlook, the first part of the book relates the excursions of its narrator, ‘Isa ibn Hisham, and his ghostly companion, the Pasha, through a rapidly westernizing Cairo and provides vivid commentary on a society negotiating—however imperfectly—the clash between traditional norms and imported cultural values. The second half takes the narrator to Paris to visit the Exposition Universelle of 1900, where al-Muwaylihi casts a critical eye on European society, modernity, and the role of Western imperialism as it ripples across the globe. Paving the way for the modern Arabic novel, What ‘Isa ibn Hisham Told Us is invaluable both for its insight into colonial Egypt and its pioneering role in Arabic literary history.
“[Allen’s] craftsmanship is on full display in these magisterial translations… of supreme literary complexity.” —Journal of Arabic Literature
Selling Privacy and Reputation Online
By Nora A. Draper
Is anyone else’s greatest fear in the onlinescape being catfished, or is it just us? Online is a scary place to be: how do you know who you’re chatting with is real or robotic, how can you be sure that online clothing store with the wicked jacket isn’t going to steal and ruin your credit? The Identity Trade examines how the consumer privacy industry was built on the tension between the impulse to share and anxieties about losing control of our personal information. Nora A. Draper examines how these companies have defined threats of unwanted exposure online and introduced tools and strategies to empower people to manage their online presence by balancing obscurity with visibility, tensions that are not simply theoretical but also impact personal and physical safety in very real ways. And with that chilling reality, all we can do is find solace in looking at gifs of Dwight Schrute (“Identify theft is not a joke, Jim!”).
The Identity Trade will be available on January 22, 2019.