Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction

Synopsis

An unusual grouping of writers, this insightful study includes some, like Henry James, who are indisputably leaders of the "canon" regardless of genre, and others, like Algernon Blackwood, who wrote almost exclusively in the supernatural; all, however, were clearly masters of this genre. The seven chapters, respectively on J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry James, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Walter de la Mare, and Marjorie Bowen, each examine plot, character, mood, and setting in a traditional sense, sparked by personal observations and unique comparisons. Each is preceded by a biographical sketch and documented by bibliography and notes. For some, these chapters may be the fullest accounts ever published. All demonstrate the happy combination of a scholar's insights and a fan's enthusiasm.