The Evolution Of The Weird Tale

The Evolution Of The Weird Tale

by S. T. Joshi
     
 
S. T. Joshi is one of the premier critics of supernatural fiction. His pioneering research on H. P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Ambrose Bierce, and other writers has set a standard of scholarship that few have equaled. In The Evolution of the Weird Tale--an informal follow-up to his earlier studies, The Weird Tale (1990) and The Modern Weird Tale

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S. T. Joshi is one of the premier critics of supernatural fiction. His pioneering research on H. P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Ambrose Bierce, and other writers has set a standard of scholarship that few have equaled. In The Evolution of the Weird Tale--an informal follow-up to his earlier studies, The Weird Tale (1990) and The Modern Weird Tale (2001)--Joshi assesses a wide array of American and British supernatural writers of the past century or more, meticulously scrutinizing their weird work and gauging their place in the canon of horror fiction.

Such American writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as W. C. Morrow, F. Marion Crawford, Robert W. Chambers, and Edward Lucas White come under scrutiny, as well as their British counterparts E. F. Benson, Rudyard Kipling, and L. P. Hartley. Joshi includes substantial essays on Lovecraft and his disciples Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, and Frank Belknap Long.

In a provocative section on contemporary writers, Joshi dissects the vampire novels of Les Daniels, the short stories of "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling, David J. Schow and the school of splatterpunk, and the novels and tales of Poppy Z. Brite. All in all, Joshi has provided some of the most in-depth analyses of both classic and modern weird writers ever written.

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Publishers Weekly
In his lively survey, The Evolution of the Weird Tale, S.T. Joshi, renowned critic of the macabre, assesses with his usual pungency a number of Golden Age American and English authors, H.P. Lovecraft and three of his disciples (including Frank Belknap Long), and such contemporary writers as David J. Schow and Poppy Z. Brite. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974878928
Publisher:
Hippocampus Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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