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Read & Download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction Read Ç 104 Peter Straub and Anne Rice Other writers such as William Peter Blatty Thomas Tryon Robert Bloch and Thomas Harris are also discussed Taken as a whole the volume represents a pioneering attempt to chart the development of weird fiction over the past half centur. The subtitle here is correct that you might think Joshi has very little complementary to say about any of the modern authors he covers There are a few exceptions T E D Klien and Ramsey Campbell to name two but otherwise is very aggressive about his dislike of most modern authors in the genre An Joshi s strong very strong dislike of anything religious comes pounding through Many of his entires most notably Blatty for whom Joshi is especially vituperative come off as little than poorly constructed arguments in favor of his own atheismIf you have any interest in weird literature then you re no doubt already familiar with the few authors Joshi has anything good to say about If you do not have any interest then well you don t In either case there s very little to like here and a great deal to dislike

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Read & Download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction Read Ç 104 This is a critical study of many of the leading writers of horror and supernatural fiction since World War II The primary purpose is to establish a canon of weird literature and to distinguish the genuinely meritorious writers of the past fifty years from thos. S T Joshi the eminent Lovecraft scholar is not so much a literary critic as a bibliographer with opinions Strong ones But his opinions are invariably worth reading even perhaps particularly at their most truculent and occasionally pedantic He is unashamedly elitist while at the same time aware that the literature that he loves most is considered by other shameless elitists as rubbish This makes him simultaneously critical and defensive which may be why he often seems in a bad mood He is also in the ambivalent position of being a card carrying sceptic and liberal in a field that is dominated by the illiberal and the obscurantist The Modern Weird Tale will probably be most controversial for Joshi s unrelenting critiue of Stephen King Personally I am happy to see the King bubble pricked King is not a bad writer and in some ways he is an admirable one but he is certainly overrated and most of Joshi s critical barbs strike home even if his overall attack seems a little unfairThe most rewarding chapters though are those dealing with the authors that Joshi admires Jackson Aickman Tryon Campbell Klein Ligotti In these his style is generous warm and clear headed although his section on Robert Aickman he is curiously led astray by a philosophical red herring In a way it is the Aickman section that shows Joshi at his most interesting and conflicted an intelligent rational man trying to come to terms with his engagement in a field that goes against so many of his dearly held principles

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Read & Download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction Read Ç 104 E who have obtained merely transient popular renown Accordingly the author regards the complex subtle work of Shirley Jackson Ramsey Campbell Robert Aickman TED Klein and Thomas Ligotti as considerably superior to the best sellers of Stephen King Clive Barker. Out of the cannon of horror writers since the pulp era particularly the 50 s onward who can be considered truly weird This is the underlying topic of The Modern Weird Tale by ST Joshi preeminent Lovecraft scholarWhat I learned from Joshi regarding the weird authors of the post LovecraftMachenBlackwood era Shirley JacksonTED Klein Ramsey Campbell Robert Aickman and Thomas Ligotti are class A writers Peter Straub Anne Rice Clive Barker and Stephen King are shite It is clear there is an obvious bias against the best sellers From the outset he appears to demarcate those who are the true authors of the weird and who are not He spends time setting up why certain authors are not considered weird and although it was entertaining to hear his opinions I wasn t sure why some were even regarded It would not occur to me to included Bret Easton Ellis Thomas Harris and William Peter Blatty in this discussion or less the other noted best sellers but he makes a case for horror to be a subgenre of the weird I have never known Rice Straub or even King to claim being weird Although Barker has been in several weird fiction anthologies despite a heavy tendency toward his brand of physicalviolent horror his work appears to still reflect that cosmic terror that is clearly Lovecraft influenced Some lines of discussion Supernatural vs non supernatural horror Issues of psychological horror Bloch vs Campbell Short story vs novel form Religious didaticism as a source for themes Blatty Some areas of criticism Overused tropes Derived plots Depth of characters Unnecessary sentimentality Long winded tomes Hello King Motivations and explanations for the appearancespurposesuses of horror devices in a piece of writing I was generally entertained by Joshi s clearly elitist views of Weird writers of the modern age The inclusion of a bibliography designated with Primary vs Secondary works is very beneficial overall This was for me clearly an introduction to authors I was familiar with and haven t read and an initiation to others I am excited to seek out works by Klein and Campbell who despite their sales and low reputation are lauded by critics as unsung masters of horror I am most excited to pursue Ligotti s short fiction Making a judgment only by way of the brief excerpts that were included I feel I connected with his writing above the rest


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    The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] Read & Download µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á S.T. Joshi Joshi treats the weird tale as all critics should treat it as a distinct and worthwhile genre and conseuently seeks to establish a canon of works by using the criteria of 1 literary merit 2 the presence of the weird and uncanny as opposed to mere horror or suspense and 3 the consistent logic of the author's world Using these criteri

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    S.T. Joshi á 4 Free download Read & Download µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á S.T. Joshi The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] S T Joshi the eminent Lovecraft scholar is not so much a literary critic as a bibliographer with opinions Strong ones But his opinions are invariably worth reading even – perhaps particularly – at their most truculent and occasionally pedan

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    The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] I disagree with Joshi on many if not most of his points There are plenty of reasons to criticize Stephen King but he doesn't give reasons for the weird stuff seems a poor one especially since plenty of the authors that he praises don'

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    The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] Out of the cannon of horror writers since the pulp era particularly the 50's onward who can be considered truly weird? This is the underlying topic of The Modern Weird Tale by ST Joshi preeminent Lovecraft scholarWhat I learned from Joshi regarding the weird authors of the post LovecraftMachenBlackwood era Shirley Jackson

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    Read & Download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction S.T. Joshi á 4 Free download Read & Download µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á S.T. Joshi This book is a collection of literary criticism focusing on several late 20th century authors of what is often called horror fiction and sometimes called the weird tale Joshi focuses on the following authors Shirley Jackson

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    The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] Well I can't say I entirely agree with Joshi's views on everything in this book but by and large his evaluation of the modern weird tale is well researched and reflective of a uality review and assessment Much of this book is one c

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    Read & Download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction Read & Download µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á S.T. Joshi S.T. Joshi á 4 Free download The subtitle here is correct that you might think Joshi has very little complementary to say about any of the modern authors he covers There ar

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    Read & Download µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á S.T. Joshi The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] S.T. Joshi á 4 Free download A little unprofessional in tone at times full of unsupported blanket statements as well as carefully considered judgements

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    The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] The Modern Weird Tale is an insightful and refreshingly unpretentious bit of literary criticism However I could have done without Joshi's compulsion to doggedly promote his atheistic worldview especially given that many of his jabs at religion were not very persuasive Take his dismissal of William Peter Blatty's belief

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    S.T. Joshi á 4 Free download The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction [Pdf Free] This borderline polemic survey of weirdhorror fiction post Lovecraft is entertaining as well as informative Joshi's attacks on poorly thought out religious messages and on several of the dull conventions of popular writing

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  • Paperback
  • 278
  • The Modern Weird TaleA Critiue of Horror Fiction
  • S.T. Joshi
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9780786409860