Archive for August, 2012

Specter or Delusion: The Supernatural in Gothic Fiction (Studies in Speculative Fiction, No 15)

Narrative structure of Gothic novels often affects whether or not the characters and the reader believe in the reality of the supernatural events in the story. Using Todorov’s theory of “the fantastic” and focusing on possibly unreliable narrators, this book analyzes several Gothic novels from the late 18th and early 19th century as well as FRANKENSTEIN, Le Fanu’s CARMILLA, Bulwer-Lytton’s A STRANGE STORY, and DRACULA.

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It begins with a hellish night of bloodshed and horror. A nightmare legacy arises from Jenny Cameron’s past – destroying her family, threatening everyone she loves – and now it’s come to claim her in an orgy of violence and death. A beast roams the dark streets of Annapolis, Maryland, a terrifying creature more animal than man. And the only way Jenny can combat the evil from her past is to surrender to the dark and violent power lurking within herself. Her humanity is at stake, and much more than death may await her under the shadow of the beast.

Shadow of a shade: A survey of vampirism in literature

A survey of the history of vampire fiction, from about 1800 to the 1970s. The essential elements of this out-of-print book were later incorporated into THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE: A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY and DIFFERENT BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE AS ALIEN.