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The Modern Weird Tale A Critique of Horror Fiction by S. T. Joshi

The Modern Weird Tale A Critique of Horror Fiction


The Modern Weird Tale A Critique of Horror Fiction by S. T. Joshi

The august art of horror fiction, with its oral roots going back to prehistory, remains a very popular genre. Its most prolific modern writers are examined in this work, which begins with an introduction to horror fiction and a discussion about how it has been dealt with by the critics. The author provides his own literary criticism of the writings of well-known authors such as Stephen King and Anne Rice, among others. Divided into five segments - Shirley Jackson: Domestic Horror; The Persistence of Supernaturalism; Ramsey Campbell: The Fiction of Paranoia; The Alternatives to Supernaturalism; and Pseudo-, Quasi-, and Anti-Weird Fiction - this work takes a close look at writers who have worked extensively in horror fiction and examines themes that often operate in this genre.


excellent...a lively, opinionated study...recommended --Choice; provocative...shouts brilliance and diligence...belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking horror reader --Publishers Weekly; recommended --Interzone; useful --Science Fiction Studies; essential for fans (and writers) of weird fiction...may bring about a lively debate within the horror community --The Third Alternative.

About the Author

Researcher, writer and editor S.T. Joshi lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Publication date

30th June 2001


S. T. Joshi

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McFarland & Co Inc


288 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Films, cinema



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