By Danel Olson
Chosen through a ballot of greater than a hundred and eighty Gothic experts, the works defined and evaluated in twenty first CENTURY GOTHIC signify the main striking Gothic novels and novellas written worldwide among the years 2000-2010.
Contributors of the fifty-three all-new essays contain award-winning novelists, playwrights, biographers, editors, psychoanalysts, forensic psychologists, criminologists, movie students, humanities librarians, and lots of of the main influential neo-Gothic literary critics of the final thirty years.
Designed for the Gothic fan, scholar, and critic alike, this large consultant additionally features a perceptive foreword through Horror pupil S.T. Joshi and an both compelling creation by means of Gothic anthologist Danel Olson. Small B&W reproductions of the novels' dirt jackets preface every one lengthy unique essay (often of works that experience had as but little sustained severe attention), and 3 appendices identify specialists and members, honorable mentions, and novel booklet information.
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NEVILL James Marriott Perhaps no visual representation of night terrors has been as influential as Fuseli’s The Nightmare. The scene is indelibly familiar: a woman lies on a bed with her eyes closed and her arms thrown back, a demonic homunculus propped on her chest, while a pale, wild-eyed horse looks on. This most enduring image of the Gothic tradition looks back to old wives’ tales and folk legends of witches, incubi, and succubi, and forward to popular prestige (Freud hung a copy of this painting on a wall of his Vienna waiting room) and pastiche (the scene is recreated in Ken Russell’s Gothic).
St. Andrews may exist as a palimpsest, with each new architectural design obscuring its forebears, to be written on much as Coldwell scrawls occult symbols on his cellar floor with Hart Miller aping the act in drunkenly optimistic self-defense, but the past will out. The Gothic obsession with “backward-looking thoughts,”7 to use Rupert Davenport-Hines’s phrase, shades inevitably into “a promise of ruin,”8 and Nevill marries the novel’s ethereal occult concerns to an earthly physicality expressed paradoxically through images of bodily disintegration.
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