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By 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 in regards to the human situation, starting from mistreatment of ladies and minorities to the ubiquitous risks of recent urban life.

In Journeys into Darkness: serious Essays on Gothic Horror, James Goho analyzes many major writers and tendencies 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 handled in different penetrating essays. Lovecraft was once a uniquely philosophical author, and Goho ways his paintings in the course of the lens of existentialist thinker Søren Kierkegaard, whereas additionally probing Lovecraft’s racism as exhibited in different stories approximately local americans. Goho additionally discusses the Welsh author Arthur Machen’s tortured stories of pain and evil and Algernon Blackwood’s various tales set within the wilds of the Canadian backwoods. The booklet concludes with a centuries-spanning essay at the witchcraft subject within the American Gothic culture and a accomplished essay on Fritz Leiber’s invention of the city Gothic.

In this wide-ranging examine, James Goho examines the various ways that supernatural fiction can handle the inner most ethical, social, and political issues of the human event. Journeys into Darkness could be of curiosity to readers and students of horror fiction and to scholars of literary heritage and tradition often.

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