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One Wonders Why It Had To Be Presented In The Horror Style (Koji Suzuki, ‘Dark Water’)

When discussing Japanese literature in a 2003 interview, Koji Suzuki brings up the Japanese tradition of Shishōsetsu, or the I-novel ; the literary adoption of actual private experience, usually but not exclusively of the author, as a basis for fiction. … Continue reading

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Would You Like To See My Baby? (Robert Aickman, ‘Dark Entries’)

Robert Aickman’s disruptively young death to cancer in 1981 meant not only the end of his contribution to supernatural fiction, but of any popular recognition he might have received in his lifetime. Aickman’s short fiction – a diverse, thoroughly original … Continue reading

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A Sightless Darkness Blacker Than Any Midnight (L.T.C. Rolt, ‘Sleep No More’)

By way of ensuring no offence to any locals who, in real life, live in the places mentioned in Rolt’s collection of sometimes strange, sometimes outrightly terrifying tales, an ‘Author’s Note’ claims that “…I do not attribute to such places … Continue reading

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Exceedingly cold, almost icy (Robert Aickman, ‘Pages From a Young Girl’s Journal’)

Peter Straub said of Robert Aickman‘s fiction that “to put such strange things on paper was a valiant act of self-acceptance”. With such a compliment, we can understand that Aickman’s stories must convey some kind of honesty within them, even … Continue reading

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A Terrible Dislocation of Souls (document fiction and the supernatural)

So, this is probably going to be a running theme within this blog. Basically, I had the idea for my dissertation (not due until September 2014) before I’d even applied for the MA and Bristol (which was January 2012). I’ve … Continue reading

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