By S. T. Joshi
For greater than 30 years, S. T. Joshi has been a pioneering critic of delusion, horror, and supernatural fiction. This new choice of his essays and experiences covers the whole variety of strange fiction, from Romantic poetry to the paintings of Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson. relatively insightful are Joshi's checks of such modern writers as Ramsey Campbell, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Thomas Ligotti, and Reggie Oliver. Joshi, the prime authority on H. P. Lovecraft, additionally presents stinky analyses of contemporary works of Lovecraftian fiction by means of such figures as W. H. Pugmire and Darrell Schweitzer, in addition to incisive experiences of modern works of Lovecraft scholarship. All in all, this ebook will interact, entertain, and tell all devotees of peculiar fiction.
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The general impression one gets from these stories by mainstream writers is that they (the authors) are not sufficiently experienced in the handling of the supernatural in a coherent and compelling way. The third category I have identified—authors who are little known but, in Straub’s opinion, are deserving of wider notice—is the smallest subset of the two volumes. I have never heard of Madeline Yale Wynne, who wrote only a single collection of tales, The Little Room and Other Stories (1895), but after reading “The Little Room” I am not inclined to read much more.
The fact is that, during this entire period, any number of sincere, talented writers were working out of the limelight, and it is their work that will in the end survive and come to be seen as representative of the best that Gothicism has to offer. Ramsey Campbell, emerging from his early devotion to Lovecraft, has produced such a distinguished array of novels and tales from the 1970s to the present that he must be given serious consideration as the greatest horror writer of our time, and perhaps of all time.
The Classics From Gothic to Weird The recent effloresence of neo-Gothic fiction—the literature of fear, terror, wonder, awe, and the supernatural—is the product of centuries, perhaps millennia, of work by a wide array of artists both celebrated and obscure. It is, after all, in the Epic of Gilgamesh (c. ) that we find such motifs as the superhero, the quest for eternal life, battles with monsters, and the like. About a millennium later, the Odyssey is rife with creatures of eccentric cast, from the sorceress Circe to Polyphemus the Cyclops to the twin horrors of Scylla and Charybdis.