Supernatural Horror in Literature Other Literary Essays

This volume collects H.P. Lovecraft's three major works on fantasy fiction: "Supernatural Horror in Literature" -- his survey of the weird and supernatural in fiction; and "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction" and "Notes on Writing ...

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434430823

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This volume collects H.P. Lovecraft's three major works on fantasy fiction: "Supernatural Horror in Literature" -- his survey of the weird and supernatural in fiction; and "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction" and "Notes on Writing Interplanetary Fiction" -- his how-to essays on crafting solid, aesthetically pleasing works in those genres. An essential volume for scholars, writers, and those interesting in the history and craftsmanship of the fantasy genre.

Supernatural Horror in Literature

This would suggest that horror literature, even if inadvertently or subconsciously, represents an attempt at escaping the limitations of the secular, materialist, rationalist Weltanschauung of liberal modernity, as well as a desire for ...

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Publisher: The Palingenesis Project (Wermod and Wermod Publishing Group)

ISBN: 9781909606005

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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Originally published in 1927 in a small-circulation amateur magazine, spanning the period from antiquity until the 1930s, and covering both the Anglo-American world and Continental Europe, Lovecraft’s essay remains unparallelled as a survey of horror literature in our hemisphere. Said literature’s emergence as a genre coincided with the institutional establishment of liberalism, which represents a diametrically opposed worldview. This would suggest that horror literature, even if inadvertently or subconsciously, represents an attempt at escaping the limitations of the secular, materialist, rationalist Weltanschauung of liberal modernity, as well as a desire for meaning in a world rendered meaningless through ‘liberation’ from hierarchies, folk traditions, the occult, and the supernatural. Also of interest is the fact that the aesthetics of Gothic horror are invariably and luxuriantly beautiful (if in a dark way), whereas the logical extreme of rationality (utilitarianism, standardisation) is inherently anti-aesthetic. Would this not indicate, then, that the Age of Reason marked the beginning of a process that concluded in late modernity with the wholesale destruction of beauty, except where it, or the counterfeiting of it, was dictated by economic necessity? If so, we may view Lovecraft’s essay not merely as a resource for those seeking entertainment within a genre of literature, but also a map for those seeking to escape, and begin to transcend, the despair engendered by a worldview that pronounced itself dead when someone spoke of ‘the end of history’.

New Directions in Supernatural Horror Literature

The Critical Influence of H. P. Lovecraft Sean Moreland ... to elaborate on another
critical aspect of what I identified as the abjection of self that undercuts any form
of idealism in his fiction: the ... correspondence, and literary essays, particularly
Supernatural Horror in Literature, wherein he reveals his fascination with leading

Author: Sean Moreland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319954776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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This collection of essays examines the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft’s most important critical work, Supernatural Horror in Literature. Each chapter illuminates a crucial aspect of Lovecraft’s criticism, from its aesthetic, philosophical and literary sources, to its psychobiological underpinnings, to its pervasive influence on the conception and course of horror and weird literature through the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These essays investigate the meaning of cosmic horror before and after Lovecraft, explore his critical relevance to contemporary social science, feminist and queer readings of his work, and ultimately reveal Lovecraft’s importance for contemporary speculative philosophy, film and literature.

Focus On 100 Most Popular American Agnostics

published a considerable amount of other literature as well. ... Poetical Works of
H. P. Lovecraft (Night Shade Books, 2001), while much of his juvenilia, various
essays on philosophical, political and literary topics, antiquarian travelogues, and
other things, ... Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature", first
published ...

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An H P Lovecraft Encyclopedia

"Supernatural Horror in Literature" 255 Moonlight" (1913). There may be an
influence from ... This is HPL's most significant literary essay and one of the finest
historical analyses of horror literature. W. Paul Cook had commissioned HPL to
write ...

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313315787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

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Provides a guide to Lovecraft's life and work covering his fiction, poetry, journalism, creatures and characters, friends, colleagues, and associates.

Fantastic Literature

Lovecraft (1890-1937) American honor umter H. P. Lovecraft invented the now-
famous literary setting (or atmosphere?) of the Cthulhu Mythos, positing a world
of madness and ... other essays in the present volume on supernatural literature
that are important to the development of both modern horror and the fantastic,
such as ...

Author: David Sandner

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275980537

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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Culls together important criticism of fantastic literature from Plato and Aristotle to present critics.

Horror Literature through History An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears 2 volumes

It was Horace Walpole (1717–1797) who invented the Gothic as a literary form. ...
By the 1780s in Germany, another precursor emerged in the form of
Schauerromane (shudder-novels). ... “horror” Gothic in an essay titled “On the
Supernatural in Poetry” (1826) that in many ways serves as the first critical
attempt to distinguish ...

Author: Matt Cardin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440842023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 967

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This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion

Edgar Allen Poe s influence on Howard Phillips Lovecraft Their personalities literary styles and concepts

1 Well suited to explain the origin of the literary genre of Gothic and Horror
literature as well as his own preoccupation with the ... several ghost-writings,
articles for amateur press journals and an essay on supernatural horror in
literature (ibid.) ...

Author: Sebastian Langner

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656759522

Category: Literary Collections

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Constance, course: American Literature and Culture II, language: English, abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to trace Edgar Allen Poe’s influence on H. P. Lovecraft, to prove coincidences or expose differences, whether it is of style, topic, literary concepts or biographical respectively personal similarities. As Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s life and work are less known than it is the case with Edgar Allen Poe, the paper is divided into two main parts, one of them exclusively dedicated to Lovecraft, the other one trying to draw the above mentioned comparison.

Evaporating Genres

It did not take long for correspondence with the magazines and with each other to
seem inadequate for some fans, and individually ... makeshift critical tradition that
had grown in virtual isolation from (and innocent of) any conventional literary or
critical discourse, found ... H. P. Lovecraft's long essay, Supernatural Horror in
Literature, was first commissioned for an amateur publication in 1924 and later ...

Author: Gary K. Wolfe

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819571045

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.

The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature

Connolly , C . The condemned playground : essays 1927 - 44 . 1945 . ... Lovecraft
, H . P . Supernatural horror in literature . ... New York 1946 . ' Orwell , George ' ( E
. A . Blair ) . Critical essays . 1946 , New York ( as Dickens , Dali and others ) .

Author: George Watson

Publisher: CUP Archive


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.

Twentieth century Literary Criticism

As a matter of fact , of course , the three were very fond of one another , though
none of them ever was able to admire the works of the other two . One of the most
amusing ... H . P . Lovecraft in Supernatural Horror in Literature ( see Additional
Bibliography ) praised Benson ' s versatility ... ALEXIS LYKIARD ( essay date
1974 ) ( Lykiard is a Greek - born English novelist , poet , and critic . The following

Author: Gale Research Company

Publisher: Twentieth-Century Literary Cri

ISBN: UOM:39015068882144

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, and other creative writers, 1900-1960.


Another reason, as one of my recurring pipe dreams went: if such a book were
successful, it might even start in the genre a third ... of those lucrative professional
short story markets of the 1980s would return, assuring the continued literary
health of the genre. ... What you will find in this book are stories of both
supernatural horror and nonsupernatural suspense. ... that is, I direct you with
enthusiasm to three sources: H. P. Lovecraft's seminal essaySupernatural
Horror in Literature;” the ...

Author: Al Sarrantonio

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062046321

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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A ward-winning writer and editor Al Sarrantonio gathers together twenty-nine original stories from masters of the macabre. From dark fantasy and pure suspense to classic horror tales of vampires and zombies, 999 showcases the extraordinary scope of fantastical fright fiction. The stories in this anthology are a relentless tour de force of fear, which will haunt you, terrify you, and keep the adrenaline rushing all through the night.

Science Fiction Fantasy Book Review Annual

science fiction and horror in his elaboration of such archetypically Lovecraftian
notions as the theme of cosmic ... s stories in Arkham House ' s The Dumvich
Horror and Others ( 1984 ) , At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels (
1985 ) , and Dagon and Other Macabre Tales ( 1986 ) . The Critical Heritage It is
fitting that the author of so important a literary essay as Supernatural Horror in
Literature ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105005522912

Category: Fantasy fiction


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Supernatural Horror in Literature

But in spite of all this opposition the weird tale has survived, developed, and attained remarkable heights of perfection; founded as it is on a profound and elementary principle whose appeal, if not always universal, must necessarily be ...

Author: Howard Phillips Lovecraft


ISBN: 9798633321838


Page: 60

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form. Against it are discharged all the shafts of materialistic sophistication which clings to frequently felt emotions and external events, and of a naively insipid idealism which deprecates the aesthetic motive and calls for a didactic literature to "uplift" the reader toward a suitable degree of smirking optimism. But in spite of all this opposition the weird tale has survived, developed, and attained remarkable heights of perfection; founded as it is on a profound and elementary principle whose appeal, if not always universal, must necessarily be poignant and permanent to minds of the requisite sensitiveness.

A Companion to American Gothic

Today, Lovecraft has entered the literary canon through the Library of America,
edited by Peter Straub, a horror writer who is not ... His own method of evaluation,
set out in his essay on Supernatural Horror in Literature, insists that a story is ...

Author: Charles L. Crow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118608425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

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A Companion to American Gothic features a collection of original essays that explore America’s gothic literary tradition. The largest collection of essays in the field of American Gothic Contributions from a wide variety of scholars from around the world The most complete coverage of theory, major authors, popular culture and non-print media available

Reader s Guide to Literature in English

An Epicure in the Terrible: A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H.P.
Lovecraft, Rutherford, New Jersey: Fairleigh ... launched by a small but devoted
coterie of fellow horror writers and fans generally outside of academic and literary
circles. ... The poems are awarded some merit, while material from Lovecraft's
extensive output of letters to friends and other ... Lovecraft's own study of the
horror genre, Supernatural Horror in Literature (revised edition, 1935), is typically
valued as ...

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135314170

Category: Reference

Page: 1010

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

Ramsey Campbell

This is a collection of critical essays on Ramsey Campbell, author of several award-winning stories and novels in the fields of fantasy and horror, including To Wake the Dead, Incarnate, and Grin of the Dark.

Author: Gary William Crawford

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810892989

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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This is a collection of critical essays on Ramsey Campbell, author of several award-winning stories and novels in the fields of fantasy and horror, including To Wake the Dead, Incarnate, and Grin of the Dark.

The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce

Lovecraft , Howard Phillips . Supernatural Horror in Literature . ... The Golden
Day : A Study in American Literature and Culture . Boston : Beacon Press ... The
Responsibilities of the Novelist and Other Literary Essays . New York :
Doubleday ...

Author: Stuart C. Woodruff

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: STANFORD:36105011917148

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 193

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In this pioneering study of Ambrose Bierce’s stories, Woodruff examines the best and worst of his fiction and traces the causes of Bierce’s success and failure as a writer, analyzing his inability to reconcile the extremes of temperament and belief that marked his life and give his stories their characteristic form.

How Novels Think

Dracula consequently entered literary critical consciousness as folklore, earning
three pages in Montague Summers's The Vampire: His ... and Kegan Paul, 1928)
and as many sentences in H. P. Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature (
1939; reprint, New York: Dover, 1973). ... that a number of exemplary literary texts
from the Victorian period put “the crowd” in contention with other notions of the
public sphere, ... Thomas Robert Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of
Population, ed.

Author: Nancy Armstrong

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231503877

Category: Literary Criticism

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Nancy Armstrong argues that the history of the novel and the history of the modern individual are, quite literally, one and the same. She suggests that certain works of fiction created a subject, one displaying wit, will, or energy capable of shifting the social order to grant the exceptional person a place commensurate with his or her individual worth. Once the novel had created this figure, readers understood themselves in terms of a narrative that produced a self-governing subject. In the decades following the revolutions in British North America and France, the major novelists distinguished themselves as authors by questioning the fantasy of a self-made individual. To show how novels by Defoe, Austen, Scott, Brontë, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Haggard, and Stoker participated in the process of making, updating, and perpetuating the figure of the individual, Armstrong puts them in dialogue with the writings of Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Malthus, Darwin, Kant, and Freud. Such theorists as Althusser, Balibar, Foucault, and Deleuze help her make the point that the individual was not one but several different figures. The delineation and potential of the modern subject depended as much upon what it had to incorporate as what alternatives it had to keep at bay to address the conflicts raging in and around the British novel.