"Tibbetts (Schumann: A Chorus of Voices) brings a fan's enthusiasm and a scholar's acumen to the dozens of interviews of professionals in horror, fantasy, science film, art, and comics that make up this engrossing study of the Gothic and its commingling of 'terror and wonder.' Corralling the contents into nine loosely organized chapters ('The Heroic Age of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ' 'The Music of Terror, ' etc.), he presents his Q&As like private conversations recorded in rooms full of experts. Some chapters are fairly straightforward, among them 'The Lovecraft Circle, ' which presents the words of Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Ted Klein, and other writers influenced by the horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft. His chapter 'Postmodern Gothic, ' on the other hand, juxtaposes the insights of horror masters Stephen King and Peter Straub, to those of science fiction master Brian Aldiss and true-crime specialist Harold Schechter for a fascinating reflection on the modern evolution of the Gothic tradition. Entertaining and informative, this book proves that smart questions invariably elicit smart responses from masters of the fantastic in the arts."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "John C. Tibbetts' wild and exuberant anthology of interviews will certainly test your synapses as well as your literary prejudices." - From the preface by Richard Holmes"Our literature starts with a vision of blackness, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that our country at first was mostly untamable forest. There were truly bad things out there. Now, we don't want to have that. We want to believe in the surface of things . . .But I think daily life is still filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. Nobody's life is really safe." - Interview with Peter Straub "What I want to do is use a scientific theory to give you experiences you've never had before . . .like ghosts you've never seen before, in contexts that you've never really experienced. [With] an underpinning and a
In-depth study of how gothic traditions inform film and media
About the Author
JOHN C. TIBBETTS Associate Professor of Film at the University of Kansas, USA. He has previously worked as a broadcaster for NPR, the Christian Science Monitor Radio Network, Voice of America, and CBS television. Video and audio collections from his thirty years in broadcasting and education are currently being prepared for installation at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in 2012.