The first book about all four ‘Scream’ films enjoys wider distribution on Kindle, Nook, Barnes & Noble, and international Amazon stores after successful initial release.
Americans who like their slasher films with a side order of introspection have made the book ‘Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis’ by Scott Kessinger an unlikely hit, and now fans abroad can join in: in both print and electronic form. Independent publishing imprint Stinger Books announced this week that ‘Scream Deconstructed’ is now available through a number of new avenues for the first time: the e-book version is available on the Kindle and Nook e-readers, while the paperback form is now carried by Barnes & Noble – the largest book retailer in the U.S. – through its website, and perhaps most importantly, the book is now available on the international sites of online giant Amazon.
The wider distribution includes much of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan as well as much of mainland Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The pricing varies slightly from territory to territory, but the German Amazon website lists the paperback edition for €7.99 and the e-book for €4.59 EUR, while the American version lists them at $9.99 and $3.99 USD, respectively. Until now, ‘Scream Deconstructed’ was an exclusive to the American Amazon website, and has continually topped the retailer’s Film History & Criticism bestseller list since its initial release in October.
Stinger Books says it had given the book only a modest online ad campaign and attributes the book’s success mostly to word-of-mouth among ‘Scream’ and horror fans. Rodrigo Kurtz, editor of ‘Scream’ fansite Hello Sidney (www.hellosidney.com) said, “‘Scream Deconstructed’ gave me a completely new perspective about a subject I thought I knew so well.” Kurtz called it, “a mind-blowing lecture that goes very deep into the philosophy encapsulated in the movies. It is a must-have to the fans of the franchise.”
John Valeri is a writer for Hartford Books Examiner and recently interviewed ‘Scream Deconstructed’ author Scott Kessinger. Valeri is a self-proclaimed ‘Scream’ fan and said the book is a “penetrating and insightful analysis (that) just may cause you to rethink everything you thought you knew.”
The success of ‘Scream Deconstructed’ is all the more surprising because it was achieved without the backing of the film studio behind the ‘Scream’ movies. As the subtitle “An Unauthorized Analysis” suggests, ‘Scream Deconstructed’ was not licensed by The Weinstein Company, who own the rights to the films, nor filmmakers Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. In his interview with Valeri, Kessinger said he made sure “to be respectful of the fact that Scream isn’t my property.” Kessinger continued, “It’s not trying to repackage the films’ content and sell it back to you. My review, the analysis, is the content of the book.”
The ‘Scream’ film series started in 1996 and has had four installments: the latest, ‘Scream 4,’ was released earlier this year. The movies quickly became some of the most influential in film history and are considered a genre landmark. Kessinger noted, “Critics all seem to agree that the ‘Scream’ movies had a lot going on under the surface, but there’s nowhere near as much literature about them as you might think. It inspired me to try to fill that void.”
Fans can keep up with the latest developments with the book through its official website, www.ScreamDeconstructed.com