Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the yank writer of “weird stories” who died in 1937 impoverished and comparatively unknown, has turn into a twenty-first-century big name, cropping up in locations either expected and unforeseen. Authors, filmmakers, and shapers of pop culture like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Guillermo del Toro recognize his impact; his fiction is vital to the paintings of posthuman philosophers and cultural critics equivalent to Graham Harman and Eugene Thacker; and Lovecraft’s creations have accomplished unparalleled cultural ubiquity, even exhibiting up at the lively application South Park.
The Age of Lovecraft is the 1st sustained research of Lovecraft in terms of twenty-first-century severe thought and tradition, delving into troubling points of his idea and writings. With contributions from students together with Gothic professional David Punter, historian W. Scott Poole, musicologist Isabella van Elferen, and thinker of the posthuman Patricia MacCormack, this wide-ranging quantity brings jointly thinkers from an array of disciplines to think about Lovecraft’s modern cultural presence and its implications. Bookended via a preface from horror fiction luminary Ramsey Campbell and a longer interview with the critical writer of the recent bizarre, China Miéville, the gathering addresses the query of “why Lovecraft, why now?” via various methods and angles.
A needs to for students, scholars, and theoretically prone readers attracted to Lovecraft, pop culture, and highbrow tendencies, The Age of Lovecraft offers the main thorough exam of Lovecraft’s position in modern philosophy and significant conception thus far because it seeks to make clear the bigger phenomenon of the dominance of strange fiction within the twenty-first century.
Contributors: Jessica George; Brian Johnson, Carleton U; James Kneale, U collage London; Patricia MacCormack, Anglia Ruskin U, Cambridge; Jed Mayer, SUNY New Paltz; China Miéville, Warwick U; W. Scott Poole, university of Charleston; David Punter, U of Bristol; David Simmons, Northampton U; Isabella van Elferen, Kingston U London.