Modern Weird Tale

Modern Weird Tale

by S. T. Joshi
     
 

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This is a critical study of many of the leading writers of horror and supernatural fiction since World War II. The primary purpose is to establish a canon of weird literature, and to distinguish the genuinely meritorious writers of the past fifty years from those who have obtained merely transient popular renown. Accordingly, the author regards the complex, subtle

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This is a critical study of many of the leading writers of horror and supernatural fiction since World War II. The primary purpose is to establish a canon of weird literature, and to distinguish the genuinely meritorious writers of the past fifty years from those who have obtained merely transient popular renown. Accordingly, the author regards the complex, subtle work of Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Aickman, T.E.D. Klein, and Thomas Ligotti as considerably superior to the best-sellers of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Anne Rice. Other writers such as William Peter Blatty, Thomas Tryon, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris are also discussed. Taken as a whole, the volume represents a pioneering attempt to chart the development of weird fiction over the past half-century.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
excellent...a lively, opinionated study...recommended
Publishers Weekly
provocative...shouts brilliance and diligence...belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking horror reader
Interzone
recommended
Booknews
A critical study of many of the leading writers of horror and supernatural fiction since World War II. The author hopes to establish a canon of "weird" literature, to distinguish the meritorious writers of the past fifty years from those who have obtained only transient popularity. The book lauds the achievements of complex works of Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, and Robert Aickman (among others) while deriding those of Stephen King, Peter Straub, Clive Barker and Anne Rice as it attempts to chart the development of this genre over the last several decades. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409860
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/08/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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