An Absorbing New Portrait of Horror's Most Terrifyingly Imaginative Writer-Director

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Wes Craven is one of the most successful and iconic horror movie directors in Hollywood. His masterful examination of the nightmarish nexus of dreams and reality helped spark a career that has spanned close to forty years. Then, with their mix of horror, sex, and humor, Craven's Scream movies helped revitalize the slasher film genre.

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"Wooley tells the stuff that Screams are made of, richly exploring the deep intelligence, wit, edgy controversiality, and absolute terror that only Wes Craven brings to the screen." —Ron Wolfe, coauthor of Old Fears and Death's Door

WES CRAVEN: The Man and His Nightmares (Wiley; ISBN: 978-0-470-49750-0; March 2011; $16.95 / Paperback) is a fascinating and insightful biography filled with new revelations from author John Wooley’s most recent interviews with Craven and never-before-published material. Inside, readers will discover:

  •     The source of the nightmares that haunted Craven's childhood and how he coped with them later in life
  •     Craven's surprising scholarly roots
  •     The real-life events that sparked the creation of the infernal Freddy Krueger
  •     Why the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise didn't make him rich
  •     The real story that inspired The Hills Have Eyes
  •     The background dish on the Scream movies

If you've ever had nightmares about Freddy Krueger or psychopaths wearing Halloween scream masks, or if you want to know the real story of the director of the new Scream 4, WES CRAVEN is both revealing and entertaining.

About the Author
JOHN WOOLEY spent more than two decades as the horror-film writer for the Tulsa World and as a regular contributor to Fangoria magazine. He coauthored The Big Book of Biker Flicks and the Forgotten Horror series and his novels include Old Fears, which was optioned for film adaptation by Wes Craven.

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