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A Century of Weird Fiction, 1832-1937


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Chapter 1: Introduction - Metaphysical Malignancies Chapter 2: The Putrescent Principle - Edgar Allan Poe Chapter 3: Ecstasies of Slime - Arthur Machen Chapter 4: Horrible Enchantments - Algernon Blackwood Chapter 5: Disgusting Powers - William Hope Hodgson Chapter 6: Daemonology of Unplumbed Space - Howard Phillips Lovecraft Conclusion: The Wisdom of the Unhuman Bibliography

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* Offers a new critical perspective on the weird that combines two ways of looking at weird and cosmic horror. * Mingling of nausea and knowledge, this book connects pulp horror with metaphysical insight, offering an innovative approach aesthetics and metaphysics. * Combines recent speculative philosophy and affect theory.

About the Author

Jonathan Newell is an Instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His research focuses on aesthetics and metaphysics in weird fiction, horror and the Gothic.


"Timely and astute. . ." * Review 19 *
"Jonathan Newell's rigorous analysis reveals how weird fiction has anticipated and influenced important movements in contemporary philosophy. This book offers striking new critical insights, giving a fresh perspective on Lovecraft as well as illuminating critically neglected writers such as William Hope Hodgson. Newell writes with depth, sensitivity and flair, and A Century of Weird Fiction is sure to become a key text for scholars working across Gothic and Horror Studies, as well as those with an interest in contemporary philosophy."

-- Chloe Germaine Buckley, Manchester Metropolitan University
"This book is 'disgusting' in that word's etymological sense: it 'turns' our 'taste' toward the affective disruptions of human life. Newell moves among classical and contemporary philosophy, canonical and contemporary weird fiction, theory and close reading, to articulate precisely the sliminess of our being. A critical tour de force!"
-- Steven Bruhm, Western University, Canada

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