21st Century Gothic – Great Gothic Novels since 2000

By 18th February 2011Uncategorised

My essay on Ramsey Campbell’s The Darkest Part of the Woods is included in this handsome collection of essays. James Marriott, film critic and author of Horror: 333 films to Scare You To Death, also writes an essay on my own Banquet for the Damned in the same volume.

The book is edited by Danel Olson and carries a Foreward by S T Joshi. Published in hardback by Scarecrow Press.

Selected by a poll of more than 180 Gothic specialists (creative writers, professors, critics, and Gothic Studies program developers at universities), the fifty-three original works discussed in Twenty-First-Century Gothic represent the most impressive Gothic novels written around the world between 2000-2010. The essays in this volume discuss the merits of these novels, highlighting the influences and key components that make them worthy of inclusion.

Many of the pioneer voices of Gothic Studies, as well as other key critics of the field, have all contributed new essays to this volume, including David Punter, Jerrold Hogle, Karen F. Stein, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Tony Magistrale, Don D’Ammassa, Mavis Haut, Walter Rankin, James Doig, Laurence A. Rickels, Douglass H. Thomson, Sue Zlosnik, Carol Margaret Davision, Ruth Bienstock Anolik, Glennis Byron, Judith Wilt, Bernice Murphy, Darrell Schweitzer, and June Pulliam. The guide includes a preface by one of the world’s leading authorities on the weird and fantastic, S. T. Joshi.

Sharing their knowledge of how traditional Gothic elements and tensions surface in a changed way within a contemporary novel, the contributors enhance the reader’s dark enjoyment, emotional involvement, and appreciation of these works. These essays show not only how each of these novels are Gothic but also how they advance or change Gothicism, making the works both irresistible for readers and establishing their place in the Gothic canon.

Danel Olson is professor at Lone Star College. He has compiled three collections of new Gothic stories from around the world: Exotic Gothic (2007), Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo (2008), and Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations (2009).

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