Supernatural Horror in Literature

H.P Lovecraft 1890 1937 , the most important American supernaturalist since Poe, has had an incalculable influence on all the horror story writing of recent decades Altho his supernatural fiction has been enjoying an unprecedented fame, it s not widely known that he wrote a critical history of supernatural horror in literature that has yet to be superceded as the finestH.P Lovecraft 1890 1937 , the most important American supernaturalist since Poe, has had an incalculable influence on all the horror story writing of recent decades Altho his supernatural fiction has been enjoying an unprecedented fame, it s not widely known that he wrote a critical history of supernatural horror in literature that has yet to be superceded as the finest historical discussion of the genre This work is presented in this volume in its final, revised text With incisive power, Lovecraft here formulates the esthetics of supernatural horror summarizes the range of its literary expression from primitive folklore to the tales of his own 20th century masters Following a discussiom of terror literature in ancient, medieval renaissance culture, he launches on a critical survey of the whole history of horror fiction from the Gothic school of the 18th century when supernatural horror found its own genre to the time of De la Mare M.R James The Castle of Otranto, Radcliffe, Monk Lewis, Vathek Charles Brockden Brown, Melmoth the Wanderer, Frankenstein, Bulwer Lytton, Fouqu s Undine, Wuthering Heights, Poe full chapter , The House of the Seven Gables, de Maupassant s The Horla, Bierce, The Turn of the Screw , M.P Shiel, W.H Hodgson, Machen, Blackwood Dunsany are among those discussed in depth He also notices a host of lesser writers enough to draw up an extensive reading list By charting so completely the background for his own concepts of horror literary techniques, Lovecraft throws light on his own fiction as well as on the horror literature which has followed For this reason this book will be especially intriguing to those who ve read his fiction as an isolated phenomenon Any searching for a guide thru the inadequately marked region of literary horror, need search no further Unabridged corrected republication of 1945 edition New introduction by E.F Bleiler.
Supernatural Horror in Literature H P Lovecraft the most important American supernaturalist since Poe has had an incalculable influence on all the horror story writing of recent decades Altho his supernatural fiction has

  • Title: Supernatural Horror in Literature
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft Theodore Menten E.F. Bleiler
  • ISBN: 9780486201054
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Howard Phillips Lovecraft demuestra tener una encomiable capacidad para sintetizar en menos de 100 páginas la evolución de la literatura gótica desde sus inicios hasta su ocaso. Sitúa el origen de la literatura del horror en Inglaterra, en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII, con Horace Walpole —aunque reconoce que en ciertas baladas y en algunos poemas del XVII ya existían elementos preternaturales—; y el final, en el primer tercio del siglo XIX, con Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu, Wilkie [...]

    2. 'The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.' Supernatural Horror in Literature is Lovecraft's take on horror fiction. It is a pretty long essay consisting of ten chapters, each focusing on different things. And it is really good. The chapters are self-explanatory:Introduction The Dawn of the Horror-Tale The Early Gothic NovelThe Apex of Gothic RomanceThe Aftermath of Gothic FictionSpectral Literature on the ContinentEdga [...]

    3. Sometimes called 'the most important piece of literary criticism in the Horror genre', Lovecraft's essay on the history and method of supernatural horror is a great resource for readers and writers alike, as it mostly consists of a list of his favorite authors and their most notable and unusual stories. Really, an editor should go through the text, collect all the stories and authors Lovecraft mentions, and then make them into a shot story collection, with this essay as an introduction--hard to [...]

    4. "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." --H. P. LovecraftThe sentence above is often quoted, but many readers aren't aware of its context. It opens this short monograph (really, a very long essay), which Lovecraft originally wrote in 1927, after a three-year stint of intensive reading, in response to the request of a pen pal, W. Paul Cook, for a historical survey of weird fiction to be published in The Recluse, a ma [...]

    5. H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) nos ofrece en ‘El horror sobrenatural en la literatura y otros escritos teóricos y autobiográficos’, un gran análisis sobre lo que es el verdadero horror. Esta fantástica y exhaustiva edición, nos llega de la mano de Valdemar, e incluye el famoso ensayo del Maestro de Providence, sus relatos de terror preferidos, textos sobre narrativa fantástica (algunos inéditos en castellano), algunos apuntes autobiográficos y una completísima bibliografía y notas a ca [...]

    6. Every time I reread "Supernatural Horror in Literature," I find something new to appreciate. This is an invaluable resource, both for what it tell us of the development of the Gothic, weird fiction, and horror (and, for that matter, science fiction and fantasy) -- Lovecraft is a well informed and insightful critic who grasps context as well as content -- and also for what it tells us of Lovecraft's influences and inspirations. Anyone interested in imaginative literature should consider this a "m [...]

    7. Dieses an sich ganz leichte und unterhaltende Buch liefert jede Menge Anregungen für weitere Lektüre, ist aber hin und wieder auf schon fast ärgerliche Art subjektiv. Dabei liefert Lovecraft im Vorwort selbst auf überzeugende Art eine Definition des Horror-Genres, die individuelle Lesarten begünstigt:Der einzige Prüfstein für das wahrhaft Unheimlich-Übernatürliche ist ganz einfach die Frage, ob im Leser ein tiefes Gefühl der Furcht hervorgerufen wird, ein Gefühl, mit unbekannten Sphä [...]

    8. Tal vez Lovecraft sea una de las mejores personas para recomendarte libros por que este ensayo es, en gran parte, eso: una enorme lista de recomendaciones pero no sólo porque el considerara a Dickens, Shelley, Polidori o Poe buenos autores, sino porque los consideraba autores que le dieron la vuelta a su genero, que supieron explotar las emoción más primitiva: El miedo.Lo que Lovecraft hace aquí es ir construyéndo el camino hacia su escritura, pasando por autores, países y géneros que le [...]

    9. Leer a Lovecraft es siempre una experiencia estimulante, ya sea en su faceta de escritor de ficción o ensayista. En El horror sobrenatural en la literatura demuestra sus conocimientos sobre un género del que es uno de sus mayores referentes y aporta su opinión autorizada de algunas de las mejores obras de terror de la Historia. Una pequeña joya de lectura (y consulta) imprescindible. Reseña completa: libros-prohibidos/h-p-

    10. Read this rad, free, typoriffic eBook accessible through , which led to downloading a dozen ePub files for books listed available via the Gutenberg Project. Not sure how many I'll actually read but, like Bolano's Between Parentheses, this explodes your to-read queue (out of respect for others' update streams, I only added one book I couldn't find at the Gutenberg Project site). Also I found this interesting in terms of going though 2666 again recently and noting bits apparently influenced by Lov [...]

    11. Кратка, но много качествена дисекция на жанра от древността до съвремието на писателя, с неизброими предложения за четене. Споменатите вътре книги са с внимателно и безстрастно показани силни и слаби страни в търсенето на необяснимия космически ужас.Стилът на писане е неп [...]

    12. Já havia lido parte do livro anteriormente. Em especial, a sua introdução é rica para discussão do Horror na Literatura. Nela, o autor deixa claro o que para ele configura como sendo o mais importante elemento de uma história de horror: o medo do desconhecido. O restante do livro tem, de certa forma, uma menor importância. Nesses capítulos, Lovecraft discorre sobre o início da Literatura de Horror até autores que eram seus contemporâneos, destacando que obras e autores ele acreditava [...]

    13. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly about this book:The Good: If you read this book, you'll get a sense of the historical development of the dark "weird" tale (in the U.S. and Europe). If you're like me, you'll find yourself reading the various descriptions of stories and novels and finding yourself underlining them for future addition to your to be read list. That might be the coolest thing, actuallyrough this book, I've discovered all sorts of other authors I wouldn't have known about.If yo [...]

    14. Una grandissima risorsa per lettori e scrittori. Inutile dire che ho aggiunto nuovi titoli in wishlist e che ho segnato un sacco di cose.

    15. As someone who loves Lovecraft, but doesn’t care much for most of what passes for “horror” writing, this book is a wonderful readers’ guide for me. I’ve tracked down a number of the stories he recommended, and in general have found them quite enjoyable. Even in cases where I’m not as enthused as HPL was, (eg: Lord Dunsany), I’m interested to see the influences on my favorite writer of weird fiction. For others with as much interest in him as I have, this book is a must-read.For the [...]

    16. This started as a historical essay on weird fiction that was published in 1927 in a magazine called The Recluse. The edition I was able to find is a 1973 reprint of a 1945 reprint. Interesting that no one since has taken on the task of writing about writers, and that Lovecraft's thoughts have stood the test of time.I've pulled some names out of this edition. Perhaps I can even find some of the novels mentioned and thereby see into the past in order to more understand supernatural horror today

    17. This should perhaps be more aptly titled "The History of Supernatural Horror in Literature." Lovecraft does an excellent job of listing works that contain cosmically horrific elements and themes – and that's it. If you're looking for a Grand Unifying Theory of supernatural horror, this isn't the place to find it. It's more genre-definition-by-name-dropping than critical combination of theoretical ideas. Nonetheless, it's an interesting and useful resource. I don't know that I'll ever read it a [...]

    18. Probably the only downside: SO comprehensive, I have no idea if I'll ever be able to read all the tales suggested. Highly recommended for anyone reading or writing in the horror genre. And highly readable, also.

    19. This is a short book, but worth the read if you're a HP Lovecraft or horror fan.Supernatural Horror in Literature is HP Lovecraft's essay onwell, supernatural horror in literature. He breaks his essay into chapters covering The Dawn of the Horror Tale, The Early Gothic Novel, The Apex of Gothic Romance, The Aftermath of Gothic Fiction, Spectral Literature on the Continent, Edgar Allan Poe, The Weird Tradition in America, The Weird Tradition in the British Isles, and The Modern Masters.While a lo [...]

    20. Essentially a long essay on what he likes and suggestions for how to go about it. Interesting if you're an aspiring writer or looking for reading suggestions, provided you can find any of it.

    21. A very informative and thorough exploration through the greats works of the genre, by one of the masters of the genre. I particularly like that Lovecraft drew particular attention to Bierce's The Spook House and Kipling's The Recrudescence of Imray, as I found those to be the scariest of their respected authors also. I also wonder, if he were still around, what Lovecraft would have to say about Stephen King.

    22. At around 27,000 words the essay is lengthy for the amount of matter covered, though I of course value the opinions given (the subjectivity of the subject is one of the dominant aspects of the piece). Lovecraft, when unedited (as he usually is), admittedly has a tendency to ramble, although this has the advantage of a more natural, conversational feel. Although labelled ‘supernatural horror’, it mostly concerns the gothic, since this provides the most significant precursor to what we would t [...]

    23. I got to geek together with a dead guy, how cool is that?!Basically this is a large essay where he reviews the history and development of the Gothic-paranormal horror genre (or as he sometimes calls it, "The Weird"). I loved hearing his take on the different stories, he was even a bit critical of Edgar Allan Poe (who he's a fanboy of). He even included a few stories I wouldn't have thought of as belonging to the genre, and some I hadn't heard of and will definitely check out. I think it's funny [...]

    24. Lovecraft’s history of the weird tale covers territory that is now more familiar to readers than it was when HPB published it in the 1927. But even if the chronology the major players are known, readers will still find more obscure names they might want to seek out. Although it was not HPL’s intention, his at best qualified praise of the 18th and early 19th century progenitors of the modern weird tale reinforces my conviction that I will never read on of these classics of Gothic writing. The [...]

    25. I first read Lovecraft's landmark essay about 20 years ago. Going back to it after re-reading all of his stories as well as S. T. Joshi's biography gave me new insights into Lovecraft's understanding of the genre. Joshi's notes help to identify the influence these works had on Lovecraft's writing, and add context and information about the works covered.

    26. Lovecraft not only wrote very fine horror fiction in his own right, he was a student of the genre and this is an excellent introduction to the topic of supernatural literature, although, of course, it does not deal with later works.

    27. spoopy***H.P. Lovecraft is currently famous in three major ways:1. Readers of horror fiction recognize him as one of the masters of the "weird tale."2. People who are vaguely into dark stuff like to buy Cthulu merchandise.3. Well-meaning lefties think he's a horrible racist scumbag whose name should be scrubbed from he annals of literary history."Supernatural Horror in Literature" is Lovecraft's brief history of weird fiction. To people in category (1), it must be counted as essential. It is her [...]

    28. Es un interesante repaso sobre el terror, no solamente en la literatura, sobre varias culturas que inspiraron y fomentaron, valga la redundancia, el terror en la literatura y a sus más grandes, digamos, iconos representativos. Es una lastima que en estos tiempos toda la información expuesta en el libro no sea la gran cosa; podemos encontrar mucha más información en Internet. Pero, debemos de tener en cuenta el año de publicación del mismo para dar una calificación mas justa a este ensayo. [...]

    29. Aunque esperaba una serie de ensayos enfocados en la técnica y la crítica del relato fantástico y de terror desde el punto de vista de uno de los grandes del género, resulta que este libro no es nada de eso. A decir verdad, podría considerarse como una recopilación de los grandes autores y obras del género comentados por Lovecraft, incluyendo spoilers, todo hay que decirlo. A pesar de todo, resulta una lectura muy interesante y, a la vez amena, muy especialmente por la pasión con la que [...]

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