S. T. JOSHI’S ESSAY IN ’21ST CENTURY HORROR’ FEATURING FOUR OF MY NOVELS: ‘ADAM NEVILL; THE SENSE OF DREAD’

By 13th April 2018Uncategorised

I was most interested to read the thoughts of the literary critic and eminent weird fiction and Lovecraft scholar, S. T. Joshi, on four of my novels: The Ritual, Last Days, Banquet for the Damned, Lost Girl.

S. T. has written a full seven thousand word essay on these works. It’s extremely rare for my fiction to receive this level of detailed critical scrutiny so this was a most welcome surprise. Mercifully, it’s mostly positive recognition – not something I ever take for granted in any kind of review. Of particular significance to me is the analysis of LOST GIRL, a novel of mine that was “under-published” to say the least, and remains the most overlooked of my titles. In many respects it is the most ambitious idea and unusual story within my backlist to date.

The full essay is available here.

“overall, Adam Nevill’s novels are refreshing in their vivid contemporaneousness, their crisply realised characters, the deftness of their execution of a complex and many-stranded plot, and most particularly in the originality of their supernatural scenarios. The author displays an unerring sense of those hints and details that are most likely to evoke terror and dread in the reader, and he exhibits the skill to elicit those emotions without descending into crude bloodletting. Nevill’s subsequent career is well worth watching.”

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