DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY
A Cultural History of Halloween
"Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter of DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY like a toothsome treat."
--Christian Science Monitor
"Wonderfully well-written, outrageous and provocative."
From acclamed cultural critic David J. Skal, an original, in-depth look at one of the most popular -- and perplexing -- holidays in America.
Using a mix of personal anecdotes and brilliant social analysis, Skal examines the amazing phenomenon of Halloween, exploring its dark Celtic history and illuminating why it has evolved -- in the course of a few generations -- from a quaint, small-scale celebration into the largest seasonal marketing event outside of Christmas. From pumpkins and witches to haunted houses and the rise of the major motion picture monster Michael Myers, DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY uncovers the motifs and myths surrounding our unflagging fascination with the macabre.