A Hideous Bit of Morbidity: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I (Google eBook)

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Jason Colavito
McFarland, Apr 9, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages
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   Horror fiction stormed the bestseller lists with classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, setting the stage for Stephen King's worldwide popularity, but the genre has literary roots going back centuries. This collection provides insight into the way classic horror texts were received, interpreted and discussed by the first generations to experience them, ideas that continue to define the way modern society views horror. Each reprinted article, review or critical essay is prefaced with an introduction and explanatory notes to put the work in context. The book also includes an overview of horror criticism, a publication timeline, and period photographs and illustrations.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
ANote on the Text
11
Excerpt from On the Sublime and Beautiful
18
Excerpt from The Prodigal and His Brother
25
Gothic Horror
31
THE GOTHICS AND THEIR SUCCESSORS
37
Excerpt from a Review of Literary Hours
47
Excerpt from The Revival of Romance
54
Review of The Purcell Papers by J Sheridan Le Fanu
182
Review of The Strange Case ofDr Jekylland Mr Hyde
194
Excerpt from R L Stevenson
200
Talks with Correspondents
204
Review of The Island ofDr Moreau
212
Excerpt from The Technique of the Mystery Story
219
The Bookman
227
Excerpt from Oscar Wilde
255

Excerpt from Mrs Ann Radcliffe
60
Letter to William Godwin
66
Excerpt from A Letter from Geneva
77
Review ofPresumption or the Fate ofFrankenstein
97
Letter Denying Authorship of The Vampire
103
Edgar Allan
122
Review of The Raven and Other Poems
129
Poes Fixing of the ShortStory Form
138
FitzJames OBrien
144
Advertisement for Tales ofSoldiers and Civilians
152
Satire Romance Philosophy
158
Excerpt from Concerning Irvin Cobb
161
GHOSTS AND KINDRED HORRORS
265
Some Japanese BogieBooks
279
Ghost Stories
292
Excerpt from Chronicle and Comment
299
Robert Hichens
307
The Creeps
324
TOWARD A HORROR GENRE
337
Review of The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction
350
Excerpt from The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction
356
Timeline ofMajor Works ofHorror
367
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About the author (2012)

 Jason Colavito is the author or editor of three books on science and horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and horror criticism. He is also a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine, and has earned praise from Archaeology magazine for his online resource Lost Civilizations Uncovered (www.thelostcivilizations.com). He lives in Albany, New York.

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