Plant Horror

Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film

  • Dawn Keetley
  • Angela Tenga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Randy Laist
    Pages 163-178
  3. Gary Farnell
    Pages 179-196
  4. Matthew Hall
    Pages 243-255
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-278

About this book


This collection explores artistic representations of vegetal life that imperil human life, voicing anxieties about our relationship to other life forms with which we share the earth. From medieval manuscript illustrations to modern works of science fiction and horror, plants that manifest monstrous agency defy human control, challenge anthropocentric perception, and exact a violent vengeance for our blind and exploitative practices. Plant Horror explores how depictions of monster plants reveal concerns about the viability of our prevailing belief systems and dominant ideologies— as well as a deep-seated fear about human vulnerability in an era of deepening ecological crisis. Films discussed include The Day of the Triffids, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Swamp Thing, and The Happening.


Horror Gender Studies Ecocriticism EcoFeminism Plants Science Plant Horror gothic Post-humanities Ecophobia Environmentalism Abjection EcoGothic EcoHorror Nonhuman

Editors and affiliations

  • Dawn Keetley
    • 1
  • Angela Tenga
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA
  2. 2.Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA

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