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Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

S. T. Joshi

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Ramsey Campbell is one of the world's leading writers of supernatural stories, although he has received far less attention than other practitioners of the genre. This book provides a thematic rather ... More


My Roots Exhumed by Ramsey Campbell

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explains the early influences on Ramsey Campbell in his writing career, especially with horror stories. It notes that Campbell's earliest exposure to supernatural horror stories came ... More


. Biography and Overview

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a biography of Ramsey Campbell who was born on January 4, 1946 in Liverpool, England. It is said that Ramsey Campbell's upbringing in an estranged family may have contributed to ... More


. The Lovecraftian Fiction

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on Ramsey Campbell's horror fiction. It explains that some of Campbell's works were faithful to the cosmic perspective of Lovecraft's works. In ... More


. The Demons By Daylight Period

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses how Ramsey Campbell broke free from the influence of H.P. Lovecraft through his work, the ‘Demons by Daylight’ (1973). His ‘The Childish Fear’ (1963), ‘An Offering to the Dead’ ... More


. The Transformation of Supernaturalism

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores Ramsey Campbell's transformation of the common supernatural tropes into more invigorating themes in terms of approach, narration, and setting. Campbell's approach in modernizing ... More


. Dreams and Reality

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores Ramsey Campbell's examination of dreams and reality in ‘Incarnate’ (1983) and ‘Needing Ghosts’ (1990). It notes that in ‘Incarnate,’ Campbell deals with the interplay between ... More


. Horrors of the City

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Ramsey Campbell's portrayal of modern urban life in his horror stories. It notes that Campbell's characterization of city life with filth, noise, decadence, and social class ... More


. Paranoia

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores Ramsey Campbell's use of paranoia as a device in his horror stories. It notes that Campbell's most notable depiction of paranoia is in the tale ‘The Face That Must Die’ (1979), ... More


. The Child as Victim and Villain

S.T. Joshi

in Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237655
eISBN:
9781781380697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237655.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores Ramsey Campbell's take on the subject of childhood in his horror stories. It shows that Campbell has no established view on children: as he uses them as both victims and ... More


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