The Modern Weird Tale
McFarland, 8 mar 2001 - 288
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Provocative...shouts brilliance and diligence...belongs on the bookshelf of every thinking horror reader”—Publishers Weekly
“Excellent...a lively, opinionated study...recommended”—Choice
“Useful”—Science Fiction Studies
“Essential for fans (and writers) of weird fiction…may bring about a lively debate within the horror community”—The Third Alternative.
This is a critical study of many of the leading writers of horror and supernatural fiction since World War II. The primary purpose is to establish a canon of weird literature, and to distinguish the genuinely meritorious writers of the past fifty years from those who have obtained merely transient popular renown. Accordingly, the author regards the complex, subtle work of Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Aickman, T.E.D. Klein, and Thomas Ligotti as considerably superior to the best-sellers of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Anne Rice. Other writers such as William Peter Blatty, Thomas Tryon, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris are also discussed. Taken as a whole, the volume represents a pioneering attempt to chart the development of weird fiction over the past half-century.
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I wanted to rate this higher. After reading the first half though I was tempted to put it down and rate it even lower than I did after I finished it. The problem is that the chapter on King and Barker ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję