Monday, October 27, 2008

New Edition of "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

H. P. Lovecraft's "Supernatural Horror in Literature," first published in 1927, is widely recognized as the finest historical survey of horror literature ever written. Beginning with instances of weirdness in ancient literature, Lovecraft proceeds to discuss horror writing in the Renaissance, the first Gothic novels of the late 18th century, the revolutionary importance of Edgar Allan Poe, the work of such leading figures as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, and William Hope Hodgson, and the four "modern masters" -- Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood and M. R. James. This edition includes extensive footnoting by S. T. Joshi, a bibliography of the works of the authors cited, and an index, making this edition truly an effective research tool.


Preface, by S. T. Joshi
Introduction, by S. T. Joshi
Supernatural Horror in Literature
The Dawn of the Horror-Tale
The Early Gothic Novel
The Apex of Gothic Romance
The Aftermath of Gothic Fiction
Spectral Literature on the Continent
Edgar Allan Poe
The Weird Tradition in America
The Weird Tradition in the British Isles
The Modern Masters
The Favourite Weird Stories of H.P. Lovecraft
Bibliography of Authors and Works

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