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The opening line, "...a non-fiction book by Stephen King, about horror fiction in print, radio, film and comics, and the genre's influence on United States popular culture" doesn't seem right. The book discusses how changes in culture and society were reflected in the genre (eg mistrust of science/scientists in the post-war period because of fear of the atom bomb) and posits that horror writers and directors tap into existing subconscious and societal fears, not the other way around. King wrote: "If horror movies have redeeming social merit, it is because of that ability to form liaisons between the real and unreal - to provide subtexts. And because of their mass appeal, these subtexts are often culture-wide." Jeff Smith, in Film Studies, says: "The value of these subtexts is that they endow popular fictions with a social and cultural significance that allows them to tap into the deeply held fears and anxieties of their readers. It is through these subtexts that the horror film has commented on a host of social and political issues, including scientism, racism, consumerism, conformism and, of course, Communism." Neil Hampshire (talk) 17:36, 9 March 2014 (UTC)