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This is the 1st book-length learn of best-selling author John Saul's mental and supernatural thrillers. writer Paul Bail compares John Saul's novels to a cocktail: (mix) one half , one half The Exorcist, a touch of Turn of the Screw, mixture good, and serve completely chillingly. Bail strains John Saul's literary occupation from his 1977 debut novel Suffer the Children―the first paperback unique ever to make the recent York instances top vendor list―to his latest novel, Black Lightning (1995). It gains targeted analyses of 11 of his novels. The learn comprises never-before-published biographical details, drawing an unique interview with John Saul, and a bankruptcy at the heritage of stories of horror and the supernatural and the way those genres have inspired Saul's fiction.

Each bankruptcy during this examine examines somebody novel. The novels are analyzed for plot constitution, characterization, thematic parts, and their dating to past and later novels by way of Saul. moreover, Bail defines and applies a range of theoretical ways to the novels―feminist, deconstructionist, Freudian, Jungian, and sociopolitical―to widen the reader's viewpoint. Bail exhibits how John Saul enlarged his repertoire from tales of supernatural ownership to science-fiction established horror. a whole bibliography of John Saul's fiction and a bibliography of reports and feedback entire the paintings. due to John Saul's nice acceptance between youngsters and adults, this targeted learn is an important buy via secondary tuition and public libraries.

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POSSESSION STORIES The Exorcist (1971) is the preeminent novel of supernatural possession. The earliest forerunner is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), which was retold from the servant's perspective in Valerie Martin's very clever novel Mary Reilly (1991). Dr. Jekyll experiences periodic possession by an alternate personality that assumes control of his actions, but the mechanism underlying this is science-fictional rather than supernatural. Robert Bloch's Psycho (1959)—a descendant of Poe's and de Maupassant's tales of madness—also deals with possession by an alien personality.

More women writers seem to be found in the vampire subgenre than in other areas of horror. Besides Anne Rice and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Suzy McKee Charnas, Poppy Z. Brite, and Nancy Collins have achieved recognition from fans and critics. The vampire trend got a boost recently from the film versions of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and Interview with the Vampire (1994), based on the Anne Rice novel. The popularity of the trend is also indicated by a continued outpouring of non-fiction handbooks, such as Rosemary Ellen Guiley's The Complete Vampire Companion (1994).

This is Black Lightning (1995), his most recent book, which blends in elements of the detective or crime novel. While some readers will undoubtedly feel disappointed that their favorite novel is not included in the analyses, this selection does provide examples of Saul's writing during the earliest, middle, and most recent stages of his career and examines all the major subtypes of his plot formulas, with the additional advantage of concentrating on the novels that are most contemporary and readily obtainable.

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