Brad Weismann

New Release

Lost in the Dark: A World History of Horror Film

Two horror films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018, and one of them―The Shape of Water―won. Since 1990, the production of horror films has risen exponentially worldwide, and in 2021, horror films earned an estimated $580 million in ticket sales. Horror has long been the most popular film genre, and more horror movies have been made than any other kind. We need them. We need to be scared, to test ourselves, laugh inappropriately, scream, and flinch. We need to get through them and come out, blinking, still in one piece.

Lost in the Dark: A World History of Horror Film is a straightforward history written for the general reader and student that can serve as a comprehensive entry-level reference work. The volume provides a general introduction to the genre, serves as a guidebook to its film highlights, and celebrates its practitioners, trends, and stories. Starting with silent-era horror films and ending with 2020’s The Invisible ManLost in the Dark looks at decades of horror movies.

Author Brad Weismann covers such topics as the roots of horror in literature and art, monster movies, B-movies, the destruction of the American censorship system, international horror, torture porn, zombies, horror comedies, horror in the new millennium, and critical reception of modern horror. A sweeping survey that doesn’t scrimp on details, Lost in the Dark is sure to satisfy both the curious and the completist.


Brad Weismann

Brad Weismann’s new book, Lost in the Dark: A World History of Horror Film, will be published in the spring of 2021. He is an award-winning writer and editor who returned to the place he grew up, in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, after 15 years of performing standup, improvisational, and sketch comedy on stage, radio, and television.


Latest from the Blog

  • The Black Phone
    The Black Phone Dir: Scott Derrickson Scr: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Phot: Brett Jutkiewicz Ed: Frederic Thoraval Premiere: June 24, 2022 103 min. There’s a lot going on in “The Black Phone.” It’s a serial-killer story. It’s a ghost story. It’s a psychic-child story. It’s even a coming-of-age story. All these stories chug alongside each other, straining credulity in an uneven film that stands out primarilyContinue reading “The Black Phone”
  • Festivalizing
    When your book is finished, the job of writing it is done. There is much more work to be done afterwards. The last time I checked in with you, it was right after my book launch in August. That sold-out event was a great boost to my sales and my ego. However, the writer can’t just sit back and hope the book sells. The post-writing life ofContinue reading “Festivalizing”
  • The Big Show
    Well, I finally had a book launch. Why did it take so long? Better still, what is a book launch? After the miracle of being published comes the hard and necessary work of selling your book. My book slipped unobtrusively onto Amazon and like entities in April, my official publication date the 17th. Still, there had been no public ceremony around its landing on the market. Naturally,Continue reading “The Big Show”
  • Insufferably pleased with myself
    There has been nothing for me like the publishing of my first book. After years of writing for hire for all manner of perishable publications, to create something tangible and lasting is a thrill. For a non-fiction writer, a career is a series of proposals pitched, re-thought, re-pitched. As much if not more time is spent selling your work than writing it. And all successful projects areContinue reading “Insufferably pleased with myself”
  • Building a chair
    The process for publishing fiction versus non-fiction could not be more different. A fiction writer puts it all down, complete, and then goes to prospective publishers (of course changes and editing follow). Genre fiction is a little more rote, but by and large there is not much to stop you from writing your masterpiece just as you see fit and then shopping it around. I found toContinue reading “Building a chair”

Get updates delivered directly to your inbox.