I’m really enjoying The Modern Weird Tale (McFarland, 2001) a critical study by S. T. Joshi of post-World War II writers of horror and the supernatural. In order to get back quickly to the book, I’m going to cheat in this blog entry and copy the blurb from the back of the book:
Joshi’s primary purpose is to establish a canon of weird literature, and to distinguish the genuinely meritorious writers of the past fifty years from those who have obtained merely transient popular renown. Accordingly, Joshi regards the complex, subtle work of Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Aickman, T.E.D. Klein, and Thomas Ligotti as considerably superior to the best-sellers of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Anne Rice. Other writers such as William Peter Blatty, Thomas Tryon, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris are also discussed.