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Palgrave Macmillan

New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft

ISBN 9781137332240
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft offers an exciting investigation of this significant writer's works and influence. In the collection a range of noted scholars, novelists, and writers take a multidisciplinary approach, exploring Lovecraft's life, his most beloved stories and his continuing presence in popular culture. Their work creates a book that is enlightening for both academics and fans of a figure that Stephen King called "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."

David Simmons is a Lecturer in American Literature, Film, and TV at the University of Northampton, UK. He has published extensively on twentieth century American popular culture. His books include The Anti-Hero in the American Novel: from Heller to Vonnegut, New Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, and Investigating Heroes: Truth, Justice and Quality TV.

Foreword by S.T. Joshi
1 'A Certain Resemblance': Africa as Abjection Within and Without in H.P. Lovecraft's Short Fiction; David Simmons
2. 'Spawn of the pit': Lavinia, Marceline, Medusa and all Things Foul: HP Lovecraft's Liminal Women; Gina Wisker
3. 'The infinitude of the shrieking abysses': Rooms, Wombs, Tombs and the Hysterical Female Gothic in "The Dreams in the Witch-House"; Sara Williams
4. Slime and Western Man: H. P. Lovecraft in the Time of Modernism; Gerry Carlin and Nicola Allen
5. Looming at the Mountains of Madness: Lovecraft's Mirages; Robert Waugh
6. On 'The Dunwich Horror'; Donald Burleson
7. The Shadow Over Derleth: Disseminating the Mythos in The Trail of Cthulhu; J. S. Mackley
8. From the Library of America to the Mountains of Madness: Recent Discourse on H.P. Lovecraft; Steffen Hantke
9. Co(s)mic Horror; Chris Murray and Kevin Corstorphine
10. 'Sounds which filled me with an indefinable dread': The Cthulhu Mythopoeia of H.P. Lovecraft in 'Extreme' Metal'; Joseph Norman
11. 'Comrades in Tentacles': H.P. Lovecraft and China Mieville; Martyn Colebrook
12. Tentacles and Teeth: The Lovecraftian Being in Popular Culture; Mark Jones

Nicola Allen, Northampton University and University of Wolverhampton, UK
Donald R. Burleson, author of H. P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study and Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe
Gerry Carlin, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Martyn Colebrook, The University of Hull, UK
Kevin Corstorphine, University of Hull; UK
Steffan Hantke, Sogang University, South Korea
Mark Jones, University of Wolverhampton, UK
S. T. Joshi, author Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction and H. P. Lovecraft: A Life
J. S. Mackley, University of Northampton, UK
Chris Murray, University of Dundee, UK
Joseph Norman, Brunel University, UK
Robert Waugh, SUNY New Paltz, USA
Sara Williams, University of Hull, UK
Gina Wisker, University of Brighton, UK


"Informative and thoughtful . . . showcase[s] a wide range of approaches that testify to the richness of themes and concerns raised by Lovecraft's still highly inspiring oeuvre." - Rue Morgue
"Simmons has done valuable work in assembling and editing this timely collection." -The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies
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