"Ladies and gentlemen, make space on your bookshelf for Matt Cardin's super-ambitious Horror Literature through History. . . . [An] indispensable reference book. . . . The book's three-part structure makes it ideal for research and educational reading, and it's a book every horror fiction fan should cherish like a treasure."
"Matt Cardin's new, fascinating two-volume reference [is] Horror Literature Through History. As someone wanting to learn more about the horror genre, this essential and comprehensive encyclopedia is a godsend. . . . These essays are interesting in their subject matter and pleasantly informative. The book's contributors include seventy scholars and authors from around the world, giving the reader of Horror Literature Through History a new perspective on different aspects of horror that are as diverse as they are topical. Any reader would be hard-pressed not to add titles to their list of books they want to read. . . . Horror Literature Through History is an essential reference for horror fans that's both entertaining and educational."
"The fan and the scholar alike will find much of use in this fun, well-organized two-volume reference set. . . . Extremely informative in its content, easy to use, engaging in its writing style, Cardin's comprehensive and inclusive reference work not only solidly makes the case for horror's enduring importance in our lives, as humans, throughout history but also presents it in a package that is a pleasure to read."
"Overall, this encyclopedia does an excellent job of presenting the topic historically, broadly, and definitively in its three-part division of content. I highly recommend this resource as a reference work in high school and academic libraries."
"Fascinating, informative, jargon-free entries on horror literature from knowledgeable contributors. . . . Perfect for those delving into an area with which they are unfamiliar. VERDICT High school students, undergraduates, or general readers with an interest in the topic will find this a valuable resource."
"The contributors' entries are well written and offer bibliographies for further reading. A detailed, 80-page index completes the set. Highly recommended for scholars at all levels, fans of the genre, and the curious. Summing Up: Recommended. High school students through researchers/faculty; general readers."
"[T]he information contained in the two volumes is thorough and comprehensive, covering the beginning of horror literature to contemporary writers. Meticulously compiled and far-reaching in scope, these books are without a doubt the best on the market. . . . Matt Cardin has produced a beautiful encyclopedia set for the horror geek in us all, chock full of more information than anyone can read in one sitting. . . . Whether you take a copy out on loan, or spring for your own set, you will not regret the investment, nor will you find a horror literature reference guide as far-reaching and well-researched as this."
"Is there truly a 'horror tradition'? Cardin and his scholars make the case for 'yes'. . . . At nearly a thousand pages, the book provides a historical survey as well as genre-wide examples. . . . The coverage is thoughtful, deep, and lively. Cardin chose a stable of writers possessed of enthusiasm, scholarship, and critical restraint."