By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited, with Introduction and Commentary, by S.T. Joshi
Back Cover Text
H.P. Lovecraft’s Supernatural Horror in Literature, first published in 1927, is
widely recognized as the finest historical survey of horror literature ever written. The
product of both a keen critical analyst and a working practitioner in the field, the essay
affords unique insights into the nature, development, and history of the weird tale. Beginning
with instances of weirdness in ancient literature, Lovecraft proceeds to discuss horror writing
in the Renaissance, the first Gothic novels of the late 18th century, the revolutionary
importance of Edgar Allan Poe, the work of such leading figures as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose
Bierce, and William Hope Hodgson, and the four “modern masters”—Arthur Machen,
Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, and M.R. James.
In this annotated edition of Lovecraft’s seminal work, acclaimed Lovecraft scholar S.T.
Joshi has supplied detailed commentary on many points. In addition, Joshi has supplied a
comprehensive bibliography of all the authors and works discussed in the essay, with references
to modern editions and critical studies.
For this new edition, Joshi has exhaustively revised and updated the bibliography and
also revamped the notes to bring the book in line with the most up-to-date scholarship on
Lovecraft and weird fiction. The entire volume has also been redesigned for ease of reading and
reference. This latest edition will be invaluable both to devotees of Lovecraft and to
enthusiasts of the weird tale.
- Preface, by S.T. Joshi
- Introduction, by S.T. Joshi
- Supernatural Horror in
- 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
- The Modern Masters
The Favourite Weird Stories of
- Bibliography of Authors and Works
The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature, By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited, with
Introduction and Commentary, by S.T. Joshi. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press;
first edition (2000, ISBN 0-9673215-0-6, 172 pages),
second edition (2012, ISBN 978-1-61498-028-5, 228 pages); Softcover.
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