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House of Psychotic Women

Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Unlike her male counterpart, the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films rare places where her destructive emotions get to play. House of Psychotic Women is an examination of these characters through a daringly autobiographical lens. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a personal history and a celebration of female madness, onscreen and off.
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"Fascinating, engaging and lucidly written: an extraordinary blend of deeply researched academic analysis and revealing memoir." -- Iain Banks, author of The Wasp Factory, Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, etc. -Book-launch promotion coincides with busy genre festival season -Combo of biography and comprehensive appendix give appeal to both cinephiles and also women's interest / psychoanalysis / social science readers -Nearly 1000 rare photos, many in colour -Author has high film industry profile "God, this woman can write, with a voice and intellect that's so new. This is the truth in the most deadly unique way I've ever read." -- Ralph Bakshi, director Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, The Lords of the Rings, etc.

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