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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 Synopsis

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.

The Modern Weird Tale A Critique of Horror Fiction Press Reviews

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780786409860
Publication date: 20th November 2018
Author: S. T. Joshi
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Films, cinema,

About S. T. Joshi

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

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