Gary William Crawfordhas edited the journal Gothic (1979–1987), the horror poetry magazine Night Songs (1991–1997), and the online journal Le Fanu Studies. The author of books on Ramsey Campbell (1988) and Robert Aickman (2003) and a bibliography of J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1995), Crawford is also the founder and editor of Gothic Press.
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I just received my copy of this volume, in which I have an essay. Gary William Crawford, a long-time scholar of Campbell's work, has put together a highly rewarding collection of essays on the work of Ramsey Campbell, who for for decades has been one of the world's leading horror writers. While Campbell's sales are not in the league of Stephen King, in a career spanning 50 years or more, he has consistently woven a nightmare world of paranoiac supernatural fiction often set in his own native Liverpool/Merseyside environment. Campbell's writing has taken the horror genre to new heights of power and his formidable intelligence is evident in all he has written.
While there have been a couple of tribute volumes on Campbell prior to this, published by Necronomicon Press (one is a bibliography,) these are now difficult to find, and it is high time Campbell received the distinction of an entire critical volume by different hands devoted to his work. (S.T. Joshi has also authored the full-length monograph RAMSEY CAMPBELL AND MODERN HORROR FICTION, published in 2001 - an extensive study of Campbell's work both long and short up until the turn of the century). Joshi's volume is now admirably supplemented by this collection.
Crawford's collection of essays addresses various aspects of Campbell's work ranging from the Lovecraftian influence (Andy Sawyer) to the short fiction in terms of the 'Urban Gothic' (James Goho), from August Derleth's influence on Campbell (S.T. Joshi) to Campbell's oft-times grim humor (John Lewellyn Probert). Richard Bleiler provides an overview of Campbell's oeuvre, while other essays focus on single stories (Joel Lane - sadly recently deceased) or particular novels (Anthony J.Read more ›
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