LIVING IN FEAR: A HISTORY OF HORROR IN THE MASS MEDIA
by LES DANIELS
248 pages. Scribners. $12.95.
Up to his chest in the shark's horrific gullet, the victim screams bright gouts of blood as the great beast drags him down to a hideous quietus.
Horror, revulsion, panic overwhelm everyone who witnesses the climax of Jaws. Yet people have paid more than $150 million for the experience. Why? Why in a world menaced by drug epidemics, official corruption, political assassination, terrorist armies, atomic holocaust and pay toilets do human beings feel a longing to be scared out of their skins? What is this perverse...