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By Danel Olson

Chosen by way of a ballot of greater than one hundred eighty Gothic experts, the works defined and evaluated in twenty first CENTURY GOTHIC characterize the main amazing Gothic novels and novellas written world wide among the years 2000-2010.

Contributors of the fifty-three all-new essays contain award-winning novelists, playwrights, biographers, editors, psychoanalysts, forensic psychologists, criminologists, movie students, humanities librarians, and lots of of the main influential neo-Gothic literary critics of the final thirty years.

Designed for the Gothic fan, pupil, and critic alike, this large consultant additionally features a perceptive foreword by means of Horror student S.T. Joshi and an both compelling creation by means of Gothic anthologist Danel Olson. Small B&W reproductions of the novels' dirt jackets preface each one lengthy unique essay (often of works that experience had as but little sustained serious attention), and 3 appendices identify specialists and members, honorable mentions, and novel e-book facts.

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This guide’s critics inquire where and how the neo-Gothic is twisting away from our grasp and old definitions, and remaking itself. The contributors will signal how successful the slipstream bending and merging has been. We will watch how cunningly the Gothic descends the winding staircase into the gloom, only to insert itself into memoir, comics, crime and detection novels, travel narratives, erotica, history, science fiction, and fantasy. Specifically, the contributors to this volume were asked to meditate on eight clusters of questions in forming the dark heart of their all-original essays: • Why is this one of the most creative or influential modern Gothic novels of the last decade?

The contributors will signal how successful the slipstream bending and merging has been. We will watch how cunningly the Gothic descends the winding staircase into the gloom, only to insert itself into memoir, comics, crime and detection novels, travel narratives, erotica, history, science fiction, and fantasy. Specifically, the contributors to this volume were asked to meditate on eight clusters of questions in forming the dark heart of their all-original essays: • Why is this one of the most creative or influential modern Gothic novels of the last decade?

Memory is mercifully unreliable; the sense of acute claustrophobia and impotence characterizing such states usually fades into a faint echo in waking life. Fortunately we do not often bring material back. Nevill’s students suffer a trajectory of night terrors—sleep paralysis, a Fuselilike sense of being sat on, a fear of sleep and insistence on staying awake—familiar if not from our own experience then at least from the dream demon cycle of horror films (A Nightmare on Elm Street onward). The reader is put into these students’ minds as they wake up terrified on the outskirts of town, having sleepwalked to places remote enough to invite discreet dismemberment.

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