Queering the Gothic, Poe’s Children and The Goliath Bone

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 05, 2009 in News tagged with

Hughes, William and Andrew Smith. Queering the Gothic. Great Britain: Manchester University Press, 2009

"Queering the Gothic" is the first multi-authored book concerned with the developing interface between Gothic criticism and queer theory. Considering a range of Gothic texts produced between the eighteenth century and the present, the contributors explore the relationship between reading Gothically and reading Queerly, making this collection both an important reassessment of the Gothic tradition and a significant contribution to scholarship on queer theory.Writers discussed include William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, Mary Shelley, George Eliot, George Du Maurier, Oscar Wilde, Eric, Count Stenbock. E. M. Forster, Antonia White, Melanie Tem, Poppy Z. Brite, and Will Self. There is also exploration of non-text media including an analysis of Michael Jackson’s pop videos. Arranged chronologically, the book establishes links between texts and periods and examines how conjunctions of ‘queer’, ‘gay’, and ‘lesbian’ can be related to, and are challenged by, a Gothic tradition. All of the chapters were specially commissioned for the collection, and the contributors are drawn from the forefront of academic work in both Gothic and Queer Studies.

William Hughes is Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University. Andrew Smith is Professor of English Studies at the University of Glamorgan where he is Co-Director of the Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science (RCLAS).

This information has been taken from: www.amazon.co.uk/Queering-Gothic-Hughes-William/dp/0719078156/ref=sr_1_44

Straub, Peter. Poe’s Children: the new horror: an anthology.The United States of America: DoubleDay, 2008

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Anyone concerned about the future of horror will find plenty of reassurance in this outstanding reprint anthology showcasing short fiction by today’s best writers in the genre. Straub (The Throat) skillfully varies tempo and style, mixing stories of psychological terror with more traditional ghostly tales. Thomas Tessier puts a fresh spin on the empty old house theme in the memorable In Praise of Folly, in which the lonely protagonist pursues his fascination with bizarre structures to the Adirondacks. Tessier subtly raises chills even as the tale proceeds to its inevitable and dark conclusion. Another winner is Dan Chaon’s The Bees, a powerful account of a man haunted by mistakes of the past. Ramsey Campbell’s terrifying The Voice of the Beach echoes Algernon Blackwood’s classic The Willows, with its account of two friends’ fateful encounter with a remote beach that may be an entry point to another dimension. Aimed at a general audience, this volume also includes works by Stephen King, Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link and Joe Hill. (Nov.)
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Spillane, Mickey and Max Allan Collins. The Goliath Bone. Great Britain: Quercus Publishing, 2009

The master of hard-boiled, Mickey Spillane died before he could finish his last novel, The Goliath Bone, which features his ultra famous detective, Mike Hammer in a post 9-11 rainy New York. His friend and fan, the mystery writer Max Allan Collins – the auhor of The Road to Perdition – was entrusted by Spillane to finish his work and now the time has come to see the result!

Chris Wiegand from guardian.co.uk wrote an article about Collins’ task entitled: "Taking up Mickey Spillane’s Mantle" you can read it at: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/03/micky-spillane-mike-hammer-goliath-bone-max-allan-collins


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