Acclaimed musician Claire Cronin's memoir of growing up in a devoutly Catholic family, overcoming suicidal depression, uncovering intergenerational trauma, and encountering real and imagined ghosts.
Through beautiful, haunting illustrations and vignettes about her favorite horror films – including Midsommar, The Shining, The Ring, The Wicker Man, and The Exorcist – Cronin battles her personal demons.
Blue Light of the Screen tells a story of conversion from skepticism to faith in the supernatural.
"A dreamlike, at times hallucinatory journey through memory and nightmare. Cronin's fragmentary approach takes a litany of horror movies as grist to explore deeper questions of uncanny belief. A strange and thoroughly enjoyable read."–Colin Dickey, Ghostland and The Unidentified
"A striking memoir of a demon-haunted life…"–Rodney Ascher, screenwriter of Room 237 and The Nightmare
"A book written from deep within the horror genre…"–Eugene Thacker, In the Dust of This Planet and Infinite Resignation
"Original, compelling and genuinely turns insightful, moving and disturbing — as well as an informative introduction to cinematic horror."–Francis Young, author of A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity
Repeater Books, October 13th 2020 (embargoed)

ISBN-13: 978-19134-6205-5 / Paperback $16.95 / 232 pages


Claire Cronin is a writer and musician currently based in California. She has published poetry and nonfiction and is the author of the chapbook A Spirit is a Mood Without a Body. As a musician, Cronin has released records on independent labels, toured nationally, and been featured in Pitchfork and The FADER.