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The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition, now available!

I know I’ve been promising this since last summer, but it’s here at last: The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition. Isn’t that a lovely cover? My wife spent many, many hours laboring over it, and the end result is fantastic, … Continue reading

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Horror Fiction in the 20th Century on sale now, and one of my favorite Victorian sequences #3: the ending of Westward Ho!

So! Big day, today. My book, Horror Fiction in the 20th Century, is now officially shipping from Amazon.com today! Publisher’s description here: Horror Fiction in the 20th Century encompasses the world of 20th-century horror literature and explores it in a … Continue reading

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One of my favorite Victorian sequences, #2: the ending of Hereward the Wake.

Well. That was an eventful week. My book on twentieth century horror fiction is now available from my publisher. (Amazon’s publishing date is incorrect). I got to do a Big Idea piece for John Scalzi’s blog. And I got a … Continue reading

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One of my favorite Victorian sequences, #1: the true climax of Lorna Doone

Hi. So. This blog has gone for long periods with no new posts, for which I apologize, but the new year and new decade are here, and there’s a movement afoot to bring back blogs as a thing, and almost … Continue reading

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An excerpt from my forthcoming book.

Happy New Year! My new book, Horror Fiction in the 20th Century, is out on January 31st. (Amazon; Barnes and Noble; Powell’s). It turned out pretty well, I think, and even those of you who’ve read a lot of horror fiction … Continue reading

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It’s Halloween: have some public domain horror stories!

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve got a book coming out on January 31st: Horror Fiction in the 20th Century, a guide to horror fiction published around the world (i.e., both inside the US & UK and outside). It’s a combination … Continue reading

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My forthcoming book

 I have a new book coming out this January. Entitled Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature’s Most Chilling Genre, and will be published by Praeger. The book runs 258 pages and will list for $50.00. To quote from Praeger’s … Continue reading

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A teaser for the Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, Second Edition

I see I haven’t announced this here yet. A second edition to my Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana is forthcoming. The second edition will have a number of new entries and a huge amount of new material added to the entries from the … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day 2019…

…some female horror writers from around the world whose work is worth searching out. (The following are excerpts from my Horror Needs No Passport, a guide to international horror fiction from the 20th century). — Jorge Luis Borges was the head … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Women Writers and Lovecraft

In Which I Ramble About Indirect Influences and the Pernicious Power of Sexism The following isn’t going to be an academic article on the subject of How And Which Women Horror Writers Directly Influenced Lovecraft. I’m not literary critic enough … Continue reading

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