The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media [NOOK Book]

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The Gothic tradition excites the popular imagination and is continually being reinvented, most recently with films and t.v. series such as Twilight and True Blood. This book brings together the author's interviews with many prominent figures in fantasy, horror, and science fiction to examine the traditions and extensions of the gothic mode of storytelling over the last 200 years and its contemporary influence on film and media. Features interviews with: H. P. Lovecraft * Stephen King * Ray Bradbury * Chris Van ...
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Overview

The Gothic tradition excites the popular imagination and is continually being reinvented, most recently with films and t.v. series such as Twilight and True Blood. This book brings together the author's interviews with many prominent figures in fantasy, horror, and science fiction to examine the traditions and extensions of the gothic mode of storytelling over the last 200 years and its contemporary influence on film and media. Features interviews with: H. P. Lovecraft * Stephen King * Ray Bradbury * Chris Van Allsburg * Maurice Sendak * Gahan Wilson * Ray Harryhausen * Christopher Reeve * Greg Bear * William Shatner * Tim Burton * James Cameron * Terry Gilliam * and more!
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Publishers Weekly
Tibbetts (Schumann: A Chorus of Voices) brings a fan's enthusiasm and a scholar's acumen to the dozens of interviews of professionals in horror, fantasy, science film, art, and comics that make up this engrossing study of the Gothic and its commingling of "terror and wonder." Corralling the contents into nine loosely organized chapters ("The Heroic Age of Fantasy and Science Fiction," "The Music of Terror," etc.), he presents his Q&As like private conversations recorded in rooms full of experts. Some chapters are fairly straightforward, among them "The Lovecraft Circle," which presents the words of Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Ted Klein, and other writers influenced by the horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft. His chapter "Postmodern Gothic," on the other hand, juxtaposes the insights of horror masters Stephen King and Peter Straub, to those of science fiction master Brian Aldiss and true-crime specialist Harold Schechter for a fascinating reflection on the modern evolution of the Gothic tradition. Entertaining and informative, this book proves that smart questions invariably elicit smart responses from masters of the fantastic in the arts. (Oct.)
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"Tibbetts (Schumann: A Chorus of Voices) brings a fan’s enthusiasm and a scholar’s acumen to the dozens of interviews of professionals in horror, fantasy, science film, art, and comics that make up this engrossing study of the Gothic and its commingling of 'terror and wonder.' Corralling the contents into nine loosely organized chapters ('The Heroic Age of Fantasy and Science Fiction,' 'The Music of Terror,' etc.), he presents his Q&As like private conversations recorded in rooms full of experts. Some chapters are fairly straightforward, among them 'The Lovecraft Circle,' which presents the words of Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Ted Klein, and other writers influenced by the horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft. His chapter 'Postmodern Gothic,' on the other hand, juxtaposes the insights of horror masters Stephen King and Peter Straub, to those of science fiction master Brian Aldiss and true-crime specialist Harold Schechter for a fascinating reflection on the modern evolution of the Gothic tradition. Entertaining and informative, this book proves that smart questions invariably elicit smart responses from masters of the fantastic in the arts."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"John C. Tibbetts' wild and exuberant anthology of interviews will certainly test your synapses as well as your literary prejudices." - From the preface by Richard Holmes"Our literature starts with a vision of blackness, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that our country at first was mostly untamable forest. There were truly bad things out there. Now, we don't want to have that. We want to believe in the surface of things . . .But I think daily life is still filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Nobody's life is really safe." - Interview with Peter Straub

"What I want to do is use a scientific theory to give you experiences you've never had before . . .like ghosts you've never seen before, in contexts that you've never really experienced. [With] an underpinning and a mythos to what you're seeing that it almost makes sense, and that's what provides the scare." - Interview with Greg Bear "Absolutely fascinating. Tibbetts has written a work of striking originality, demonstrating how important recorded oral history is to the serious study of mass culture." - David Culbert, John L. Loos Professor of History, Louisiana State University and editor, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television"With both the knowledgeable enthusiasm of a lifelong fan and the analytical expertise of an accomplished scholar, Tibbetts has managed to coax some shrewdly observed critical insights, revealing personal anecdotes, and sometimes bittersweet emotional ruminations from his wide range of interviewees, whether they be writers, editors, artists, collectors, or filmmakers. And he captures very well the highly individualized tone and personality of each of his subjects. Evocative and intellectually stimulating, this collection works both as a celebration of and an elegy about a bygone age of popular-cultural achievement." - Kenneth Z. Jurkiewicz, Associate Professor of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230349308
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,343,451
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN C. TIBBETTSAssociate Professor of Film at the University of Kansas, USA. He has previously worked as a broadcaster for NPR, the Christian Science Monitor Radio Network, Voice of America, and CBS television.Video and audio collections from his thirty years in broadcasting and education are currently being prepared for installation at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in 2012.
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Table of Contents

Preface; R.Holmes
Prefatory Note; J.Gunn
INTRODUCTION: VOICES HEARD 'ROUND THE COSMIC CAMPFIRE
PART I: THE LOVECRAFT CIRCLE
The Provocative Abysses of Unplumbed Space; S.T.Joshi Explores the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft
I Am Providence; H.Beckwith on H.P.Lovecraft
Psycho Is Not About a Shower Scene!; R.Bloch
From Providence to Liverpool; R.Campbell
Certain Things Associated with the Night; T.E.D.Klein
PART II: THE HEROIC AGE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
Robert E. Howard and The Whole Wide World; D.Ireland
Batman and Me; B.Kane
The Man Who Explained Miracles; J.D.Carr
Superman is a Friend; C.Reeve
Wonder's Child; J.Williamson
Ragnarok and Relativity; P.Anderson
The Way the Future Was; F.Pohl
I Tell People Stories; W.Tucker
The Complete Enchanter; L.Sprague De Camp
PART III: THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES
The Bradbury Collaborations
Stan and Ollie; R.Bradbury & R.Harryhausen
Joe and Me; R.Bradbury & J.Mugnaini
The Bradbury Circle (Friends and Associates)
Let's Put on a Show!; J.Schwarz
Mister Monster; F.J.Ackerman
Dandelion Chronicles; W.F.Nolan
The Repairman Cometh; F.P.Wilson
A Bradbury Companion; D.Albright
PART IV: DESTINATION: MARS!
Back to Barsoom: Bob Zeuschner Talks about the Mars Books of Edgar Rice Burroughs
This Is Where We Start Again; K.S.Robinson
PART V: THE EXTRAVAGANT GAZE
A Sublime Madness: Professors Albert Boime and Tim Mitchell Talk about Goya, Géricault, and Caspar David Friedrich
Scenes from Childhood
Album for the Young; M.Sendak
There's a Lot of Reality to These Fantasies; C.Sturridge & F.Tale
The Mysteries of Chris Van Allsburg
Gahan Wilson's Diner
PART VI: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
Symphonie fantastique: Professor Jack Sullivan Talks about Berlioz, Schumann, Liszt, and Others
PART VII: POSTMODERN GOTHIC
The Night Ride of Charles Beaumont
We Walk Your Dog at Night!; S.King
The Kiss That Bites; S.M.Charnas
A Magellan of the Interior; P.Straub
The Billion Year Spree; B.Aldiss
Savage Pastimes: Gothic Schlock and Grindhouse Horrors
Different Engines: Steampunk
PART VIII: WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE...TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET, AND STAR TREK
Frankie Thomas on Tom Corbett and the Early Days of Live Television
Four Members of the Enterprise Crew; W.Shatner, L.Nimoy, D.F.Kelly & G.Takei
THE HERESY OF HUMANISM: GREG BEAR AND GREGORY BENFORD
EPILOGUE
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