Journeys into Darkness: Critical Essays on Gothic Horror (Studies in Supernatural Literature)

Journeys into Darkness: Critical Essays on Gothic Horror (Studies in Supernatural Literature)

James Goho

The culture of supernatural horror fiction runs deep in Anglo-American literature. From the Gothic novels of the eighteenth century to such modern authors as Stephen King and Anne Rice, writers have hired horror fiction to unearth many disquieting truths concerning the human situation, starting from mistreatment of ladies and minorities to the ever present hazards of contemporary urban life.

In Journeys into Darkness: severe Essays on Gothic Horror, James Goho analyzes many major writers and traits in American and British horror fiction. starting with Charles Brockden Brown’s traumatic novels of terror and insanity, Goho proceeds to debate the impression of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the home of Usher” on H. P. Lovecraft, who's taken care of in different penetrating essays. Lovecraft used to be a uniquely philosophical author, and Goho ways his paintings throughout the lens of existentialist thinker Søren Kierkegaard, whereas additionally probing Lovecraft’s racism as exhibited in different stories approximately local american citizens. Goho additionally discusses the Welsh author Arthur Machen’s tortured stories of ache and evil and Algernon Blackwood’s a variety of tales set within the wilds of the Canadian backwoods. The booklet concludes with a centuries-spanning essay at the witchcraft topic within the American Gothic culture and a complete essay on Fritz Leiber’s invention of the city Gothic.

In this wide-ranging research, James Goho examines the various ways that supernatural fiction can tackle the inner most ethical, social, and political matters of the human adventure. Journeys into Darkness can be of curiosity to readers and students of horror fiction and to scholars of literary historical past and tradition typically.

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