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Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory Xn. Seller Inventory NEW This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. 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.

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It would not occur to me to included Bret Easton Ellis, Thomas Harris and William Peter Blatty in this discussion, more 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. 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.

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Depth of characters. Unnecessary sentimentality. Long winded tomes Hello King! I was generally entertained by Joshi's clearly elitist views of Weird writers of the modern age.


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The inclusion of a bibliography designated with "Primary" vs. 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. After reading the first half though I was tempted to put it down and rate it even lower than I did after I finished it.

The problem is that the chapter on King and Barker are just too long. I tend to like everything that S.

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Joshi recommends, so I'm going to hunt down the authors I hadn't heard of. I'd rather he had focused more on those folks than lambasting other authors. Indeed, the inclusion of so much harsh material on Blatty seems odd, as it seems few folks I know would even be aware of Blatty's existence.

The latter part of the book feels more polished and less repetitive than than first, but a bit rushed. I'd like to see S. Joshi write another similar book, but tighten up his definition of weird or just give more examples. I believe weird is very tricky, but I'm not sure it's subject. The one criticism of his that he often levelled that I personally don't care much is about a sense of cause and affect.

I want to avoid saying realism but essentially that there's a structure. However, I'm not convinced that this should be part of a a weird tale.

The concept is more difficult than I really have time to expand on. Joshi takes a look at modern authors and their place in what he calls "the weird tradition. A little less cohesive than The Weird Tale, since the autohrs covered are more heterogenous. Joshi is something of an elitist, so it is easy to find fault with some of his reactions, especially to popular authors such as King and Blatty.

He is, however, passionate about the field and well read, so his observations are worth reading. Books of the Art. Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising.

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