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Horror Panegyric Hardcover – March 24, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Savoy Books; 1st edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861301188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861301188
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,605,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Seward is a writer who lives in New York. David Britton and Michael Butterworth are the founders of Savoy Books.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Abel Diaz on May 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Keith Seward is a rare and wonderful creature: a fan with an insight and vocabulary the equal of his devotion. Unlike most of us, he can actually explain why he thinks a book is important, without resorting to meaningless, slogan-like declarations. This inspired appraisal of the three Lord Horror novels will move you to appreciation even if you haven't read the books. And if you read Seward's tribute, I promise that you will be driven to seek Lord Horror out, in at least one of his incarnations, even at great personal expense.

Horror Panegyric is a love letter with bold intentions. It dares to explore the nature of good literature and how to recognize its elusive face. Specifically, it seeks to recognize that Britton and Butterworth have written at least one unsung masterpiece, M******s: The Auschwitz of Oz, and two works of near-indescribable genius, Lord Horror and Baptised in the Blood of Millions. It questions why these works have not been given the attention they deserve.

If you have already read the Lord Horror novels, Seward's essay is still worth the price of admission. It is filled with gems like the section called "The Boschian Method in Literature," which works both as art critique and writer's manual on how to break from the dull, exhausting, everyday torture that passes for contemporary literature. If you have not read the Lord Horror novels, then you will want to start here for a very practical reason: Horror Panegyric includes four long excerpts that are the cheapest and easiest introduction to the works you are ever going to find. The actual novels can be so costly and difficult to obtain that they seem forbidden by God. They are as far from mainstream as anything I have encountered. I am surprised they exist at all.
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