Excellent Discussion of Horror History at HWA

I happened across an excellent roundtable on Horror History 101 at the Horror Writer's Association (http://horror.org/horror-roundtable-16-horror-history-101/) today while at lunch.  Check it out.  It has a great panel of experts and a wide-ranging discussion of the great horror writers of the past from the beginning of horror with Horace Walpole up to Lovecraft and more.

Horror at Project Gutenberg

If you are an avid reader (of anything) and are not familiar with Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page), you are doing yourself a great disservice. As they state on their homepage: "Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: … Continue reading Horror at Project Gutenberg

Review: The Worlds’ Greatest Horror Stories

    Last night I finished The World's Greatest Horror Stories, published in 2004 by Magpie Books and edited by Stephen Jones and Dave Carson.  This is a collection of stories mentioned in Lovecraft's essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature", which is included in the collection.  Reading this book gives one a good foundation in the history of … Continue reading Review: The Worlds’ Greatest Horror Stories

The Canon of Horror

I was just musing that if a canon of horror literature could be developed, what should it include?   This would be a collection of say ten works that define horror literature and that everyone seriously interested in horror should read if he/she they wish to learn what horror is and should be.   This … Continue reading The Canon of Horror

Who influenced Edgar Allan Poe?

Over the last couple of hours I have been wandering the Internet, searching for interesting tidbits about writers of horror to post on my blog.  I have been noting how Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James and a host of others influenced Lovecraft, who in turn influenced Stephen King along with generations of writers and film producers, … Continue reading Who influenced Edgar Allan Poe?

Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood Illustration by Ianus Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was a prolific writer and is probably one of the forgotten masters of the horror genre.  He was a favorite of H.P. Lovecraft as the three quotes below (from http://www.hplovecraft.com) illustrate: “Aside from Poe, I think Algernon Blackwood touches me most closely—& this in spite of the … Continue reading Algernon Blackwood