Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Something About Horror Fiction

Book review plus Bellairs reference

The Washington Post's Michael Dirda provided comments on the new Horror Fiction in the 20th Century by Jess Nivens:

In the first third Nevins focuses on the old masters...however, he summarizes their work without mentioning any specific titles. One may also question some judgments: M.R. James’s ghost stories aren’t really cozy or humorless; they can be quite grisly — a necromancer tears out the hearts of small children.... 

In the latter two-thirds of his book, Nevins casts an extremely wide net, providing brief critical introductions to modern authors as various as Thomas M. Disch, Jonathan Carroll, Robert Westall, Fred Chappell, Ben Okri, Joyce Carol Oates and John Bellairs.

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