American Gothic Fiction
Robert William Chambers was an American artist and fiction writer best known for his book entitled The King in Yellow, a collection of short stories. With one foot in the gothic horror genre and the other in early modern horror, The King in Yellow also touches on fantasy, mystery, war, mythology, and science fiction. The book had a profound influence on the work of Lovecraft and other similar writers of the early 20th Century.
H.P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) was an American horror fiction writer. Though he died in poverty and was only published in pulp magazines before his death, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in the genre. Lovecraft was a prodigy, reciting poetry at the age of three, and writing complete poems by six. His grandfather encouraged his interest in the unusual by telling him his own original tales of gothic horror.
Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934) was an American writer and journalist, the son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophia Peabody. He wrote numerous short stories, mystery/detective fiction, essays, travel books, biographies and histories. 'Ken's Mystery' is a wonderful story blending Gaelic folklore with Gothic mystery. Kenningale - or Ken, as his friends call him - has been on an educational trip to Europe from which he has returned with a mysteriously aged and rotting banjo.
The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the nineteenth century toward women's physical and mental health. The story also has been classified as Gothic fiction and horror fiction.
Penned by the skilful hand of Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland was one of the first American Gothic novels and is a fantastic piece of horror fiction. The terror begins when Clara Wieland s family starts being plagued by mysterious voices and a mysterious
The Works of Edgar Allan PoeVolume IIThe Raven EditionComplete"CLASSIC GOTHIC HORROR"The works of American author Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) include many poems, short stories, and one novel. His fiction spans multiple genres, including horror fiction, adventure, science fiction, and detective fiction, a genre he is credited with inventing.
In Chris Fink s debut work of fiction, America s rural core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and cruelty. "Farmer s Almanac" a new Midwestern Gothic is an imaginary handbook for rural living, as timeless and essential as its namesake. But this is no American pastoral. Fink s vision is more Orwell than Rockwell. Not since "Winesburg, Ohio" has a book so thoroughly plumbed the Midwestern character.
One of the very first books to take Stephen King seriously, "Landscape of Fear" (originally published in 1988) reveals the source of King's horror in the sociopolitical anxieties of the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate era. In this groundbreaking study, Tony Magistrale shows how King's fiction transcends the escapism typical of its genre to tap into our deepest cultural fears: "that the government we have installed through the democratic process is not only corrupt but actively pursuing our destruction, that our technologies have progressed to the point at which the individual has now become expendable, and that our fundamental social institutions-school, marriage, workplace, and the church-have, beneath their veneers of respectability, evolved into perverse manifestations of narcissism, greed, and violence.
Belief as upbringing, belief as social fact, belief as a species of American Christian fundamentalism: "The Second" is a work of nonreligious religious fiction that engages all the markers of religion, with "belief" as the core of a modern-day American Gothic in which a trinity of characters clash over the complex ideologies that shape politics, religion, and spirituality.
Four American mystery writers have contributed new dimensions to the mystery form. Tony Hillermanâ s Navajos and their customs, Amanda Crossâ s (Carolyn Heilbrunâ s) academics and their feminist credentials (or lack thereof), James Lee Burkeâ s Southern Louisiana Cajuns and his own fiercely moral take on Southern gothic fiction, and Walter Mosleyâ s urban blacks and their culture have challenged the conventional mysteryâ s focus.
What does it mean to own something? How does a thing become mine? Liberal philosophy since John Locke has championed the salutary effects of private property but has avoided the more difficult questions of property's ontology. Chad Luck argues that antebellum American literature is obsessed with precisely these questions. Reading slave narratives, gothic romances, city-mystery novels, and a range of other property narratives, Luck unearths a wide-ranging literary effort to understand the nature of ownership, the phenomenology of possession.
In Haints, Arthur Redding examines the work of contemporary American authors who draw on the gothic tradition in their fiction, not as frivolous or supernatural entertainments, but to explore and memorialize the ghosts of their heritage. Ghosts, Redding argues, serve as lasting witnesses to the legacies of slaves and indigenous peoples whose stories were lost in the remembrance or mistranslation of history.
Volume two of a collection of supernatural and weird tales by a forgotten master of the gothic and occult Although an American author, writer F(rancis) Marion Crawford was born in Northern Tuscany, the son of sculptor Thomas Crawford, he spent much of
Following the structure of other titles in the Continuum Introductions to Literary Genres series, American Gothic Fiction includes: A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements. A timeline of developments within the genre. Critical concer
NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
The haunted house of American fiction is an iconic union of setting and theme with an enduring presence in popular culture that traces its lineage to the early English Gothic novels. Focusing on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, this critical work offers a fresh perspective
A comprehensive study of cannibalism in literature and film, spanning colonial fiction, Gothic texts and contemporary American horror. Amidst the sharp teeth and horrific appetite of the cannibal, this book examines real fears of over-consumerism and cons