St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers

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This valuable new guide to historic and contemporary horror, ghost and gothic writers features the men and women who've kept readers turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Your patrons with a penchant for this genre will find all the details they need to answer their questions on 404 authors.

Author entries feature a biography; a complete list of the author's publications; selected critical and biographical works; and comments by the author, when available. A critical ...

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Overview

This valuable new guide to historic and contemporary horror, ghost and gothic writers features the men and women who've kept readers turning pages into the wee hours of the night. Your patrons with a penchant for this genre will find all the details they need to answer their questions on 404 authors.

Author entries feature a biography; a complete list of the author's publications; selected critical and biographical works; and comments by the author, when available. A critical essay written by an expert in the field helps readers better understand the author and his or her works.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This guide offers an overview of 450 of the most prolific and outstanding authors of young adult and adult horror, ghost, and gothic tales. Each alphabetically arranged entry contains biographical information; a complete list of works current through 1997 that includes film adaptations of books, series titles, and critical studies; and a signed critical essay. There is a list for further reading and several indexes-by author, title, and nationality-and see-references for writers who use pen names. Foreign language authors are listed in a separate section following the main body. This guide focuses on adult materials, listing them first, then cites any young adult or children's titles written by the individual. There is one confusing feature-books appear alphabetically within the year of publication-but this is only distracting for authors with large bodies of work. Although this material is available through other reference tools, e.g., Master Plots (Aperture) and Something about the Author (Gale), this guide pulls the information together in one concise survey. The critical essays are particularly useful because they present perspectives about each author's singular contribution to the larger genre. This tool can be used to provide students with a starting point for reports, to introduce readers to an author's other works, or to lead fans of "creep and gore" to other writers they might enjoy.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA
Booknews
Conceived as the second of a two-volume set (the first of which is the now-published ), this reference concentrates on those types of fiction which may be labelled as horror and gothic novels; dark and occult fantasies; tales of terror; supernatural, macabre, and shudder-pulp fictions; creepy, uncanny, black-magic and ghost stories; psychological thrillers; tales of unease; shockers; and . Each entry consists of a brief biography, a complete list of works, and a signed critical essay, as well as notations of film/media adaptations and critical studies. In addition, living authors were invited to comment on their own work. Lists original British and U.S., editions of all books, and indicates series titles for publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558622067
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: St. James Guide to Writers Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 746
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 1.81 (d)

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