Now I'm starting to visualize an imaginary Mad magazine cover, with a fleeing form in the foreground showing an Alfred E. Neuman-type gap-toothed face, and some menacing figure in the background in front of the old house with the one light on. We shall imagine the cover as appeaing on an issue published between 1968 and 1972. Your nominations for the menacing figure? I propose Spiro Agnew or Tiny Tim.
(Uncle Silas is an incredible book. One of my favorites. Uncle Silas and the governess Madame de la Rougierre are terrific characters, and certain passages of the prose are very nearly sublime.)
Teresa, what would you recommend -- a discussion of Uncle Silas under Horror or under Literary Fiction (or...)...?
I'd be interested in discussing Uncle Silas. It would give me an excuse to read it again.
Well, these are designed from the ground up to be "pulp" novels. They're created and defined by a preordained set of publisher requirements - style, length, content and very likely how quickly they could be written. I'm not sure the notion of "literary" enters into the equation. Yes, they're formulaic and undemanding - but that's the point. I'm not sure if those precursor classic authors or titles like Rebecca are even part of the same discussion.This thread has so many wonderful book covers, titles but i was wondering are there any author, any of these books that can be compared to the quality of classic Gothic novels? Or are they just sensation, gothic romances, more of the quality of books you see are being sold in grocery stores 40 years ago or today? In short are any of these books as good, creepy,weird as the covers?
I mean when i think about gothic horror,the classic novels of that field, i think Radcliffe, Wahpole, Beckford, Le Fanu,Lewis etc
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