Fears of all kinds have been the topic of horror fiction, of the unknown, of death, of evil, of monsters, ghosts, and other abnormal beings. Writers such as Edgar Allan Poe focused on such fears and helped inaugurate the horror genre. But “fear literature” had existed well before Poe in the work of various Gothic authors, including Mary Shelley. Vampires, mummies, werewolves, zombies, and invisible creatures, and psychologically warped humans became popular subjects for short and long fiction.
Notable Horror Fiction Writers fills a need for an authoritative overview of horror writing. It explores the lives of relevant writers, the reception of relevant texts, and the history of the tradition as it has unfolded over the last four thousand years. Focusing on the existential as well as the psychological, these volumes highlight the literary qualities of horror literature and discusses their social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Relevant writers include Clive Barker, Ambrose Bierce, William Peter Blatty, Ray Bradbury, Lord Dunsanay, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Gaskell , Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Thomas Harris, Shirley Jackson, M. R. James, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Victor LaValle, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert McCamman, Richard Matheson, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice, Saki, Mary Shelley, R. L. Stine, Bram Stoker, Peter Straub, H. G. Wells, and many others..
Each essay identifies relevant genres and biographical data. The set also includes many resources to aid in researching horror fiction and its creators, and photographs throughout both volumes enliven the text. Designed to introduce readers at the high school and university level to the rich world of horror literature, this set gives students access to careful research and resources so they can further explore this substantial literary tradition..
- Chronological List of Authors, arranged by the author’s year of birth;
- Chronological List of Books, drawn from each articles selected works list and arranged by the year it was written and/or first published or produced, in the case of stage, screen-, and teleplays;
- Theme Index lists writers by the major themes and topics that are woven into their work;
- Glossary includes important terms used in the discussion, analysis, and criticism of literature;
- Bibliography lists resources relevant to the study of American women writers, both general titles and those specific to the women covered in this book; and
- Subject Index.
Designed to introduce readers at the high school and university level to the rich world of Women Writers in American literature, this two-volume collection will provide students with careful research and resources for further exploration into these accomplished and indispensable writers.