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Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet [Hardcover]

Marshall B. Tymn , Neil Barron
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From School Library Journal

Two previously separate volumes-Horror Literature and Fantasy Literature (both Garland, 1990)-are extensively revised and combined here. A companion to Barron's Anatomy of Wonder (Bowker, 1995), this selective guide includes articles on horror and fantasy poetry, reference and online resources, author studies, comics, teaching fantasy and horror literature, magazines, and more. All this is in addition to the lengthy annotations of the selected titles that are divided into chronological categories (e.g., "Fantasy in the Nineteenth Century, 1812-1899"; "Early Modern Horror Fiction, 1897-1949"; "From Baum to Tolkien, 1900-1956"; etc.). Few would quibble with the more than 2300 critically selected works that run the gamut from Stephen King to "Winnie the Pooh." The introductions to each section are analytical and knowledgeable, and the thorough indexes of authors, titles, and themes are invaluable. One tiny editing complaint-numerous pages in the "Contemporary Fantasy, 1957-1998" chapter are incorrectly headed "1957-1988."-Bette Ammon, Missoula Public Library, MT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Using the same general format as his groundbreaking guide to science fiction, Anatomy of Wonder (Bowerk, 1995. 4th ed.), Barron and his colleagues guide the reader through the best primary and secondary literature in the two broad categories of fantasy and horror, written from 1762 to 1998. They provide extensive annotations and brief (one-paragraph) essays on each subtopic or item. In this enormous enterprise, Barron covers fiction, poetry, authors, media, the web, organizations, etc. Since the individual authors intermix fantasy and horror materials, the reader interested in only one genre is forced to scan through numerous citations in both genres to find relevant items. Separating the two within each chapter, whenever possible, would have made for easier access. Though this easily replaces all earlier broad genre guides, some genre separatists might be uncomfortable with the liberal intermix of fantasy, sf, Gothic, and horror. In fact, this remains two excellent reference books not quite comfortably rolled into one. Nonetheless, it is recommended for all public and academic collections.AAnthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Houston
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Scholars, librarians, and general readers will appreciate this expansive and critical review of fantasy and horror literature. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries. (Choice)

...the best primary and secondary literature in the two broad categories of fantasy and horror...recommended for all public and academic collections. (Library Journal)

...manages to succinctly cover a great deal of territory, and neither area feels compromised. What makes this book particularly helpful is that it covers film, television, radio, magazines, and the Internet. This is important, because the fantasy and horror genres have been pervasive in the popular culture represented by these media. (Book Report)

Barron's book is excellent for supporting horror literature studies and reader's advisory. (Booklist/Rbb)

I would recommend that anyone with a serious interest in fantasy and horror purchase this work. To quote [the Introduction], Fantasy and Horror 'is part of a progressive attempt by the fantasy field to see itself whole, to excavate archaeological layers: to see the invisible world of the past, and the buried and hidden foundations of the present.' Fantasy and Horror succeeds remarkably well in this noble endeavor. (Sfra Review)

I would recommend that anyone with a serious interest in fantasy and horror purchase this work. To quote [the Introduction], Fantasy and Horror 'is part of a progressive attempt by the fantasy field to see itself whole, to excavate archaeological layers: to see the invisible world of the past, and the buried and hidden foundations of the present.' Fantasy and Horror succeeds remarkably well in this noble endeavor.... (Sfra Review)

...an invaluable resource. Comprehensive and clearly written and organized, this book belongs on every dedicated fantasy lover's shelf. (Publishers Weekly)

For quick information on any aspect of fantasy and horror fiction, this superlative source will serve well. (Voya)

...well organized work with extensive coverage of literature in translation...should prove a welcome addition to the standard references in the field. (Ab Bookman's Weekly)

...wonderful tome...highly recommended. (Interzone)

Not only passes the test of a useful and usable reference work, but also is a great book for wallowing, browsing, disagreeing with, and getting ideas. (Locus)

...readerfriendly throughout... recommend it for personal as well as library purchase. (Fantasy Commentator)

...a model reference book: it is clearly written, exhaustively detailed, user friendly, and thoroughly indexed. (Arthuriana)

Readers interested in horror and fantasy traditions should find this to be an invaluable resource. (Religious Studies Review)

...a fine starting point for research into the Fantastic. Of particular value are evaluative listings of author studies and an extensive section on fantasy and horror art and illustration....anyone in need of a research topic in the fantastic will find much-needed help here. (Foundation)

...in-depth overviews of these two fantastic genres...a very useful volume...deeply erudite, shrewdly judgmental, and altogether excellent...one would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else such generous surveys of contemporary fantasy and horror literature...Fantasy and Horror belongs on every scholar's reference shelf... (Science Fiction Studies)

I can't express how ambitious and comprehensive this text is, or how useful, or how overwhelmingly cool. (Mehitobel Wilson Gothic Net)

The annotated bibliographies following the overview essays provide summaries and evaluations of the significance of over 2,300 'primary sources,' novels, short stories and poetry by more than 950 authors. Another nine contributed chapters evaluate over 700 secondary sources, research tools, teaching resources and research opportunities in libraries and sub-genres such as film, television, art and comic books. Asterisks used in every section to mark best books are intended as aids to researchers as well as librarians building collections. A final chapter listing awards, best books, series and translations provides additional guidance. Author, subject, title and theme indexes round out an excellent guide. (Lawrence Looks At Books)

About the Author

Neil Barron has worked in academic, special, and public libraries. He edited four editions of the standard critical guide to science fiction, "Anatomy of Wonder," and in 1982 received the Pilgrim award for his overall contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship.
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