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James Machin

'Determined to be Weird’: British Weird Fiction before Weird Tales

Weird fiction is a mode in the Gothic lineage, cognate with horror, particularly associated with the early twentieth-century pulp writing of H. P. Lovecraft and others for Weird Tales magazine. Tracking the mutable reputations and critical regard of several earlier exponents of weird fiction, my work engages with broader contextual questions of cultural value and distinction, notions of elitism and popularity, and ongoing tensions between genre and literary fiction.

Supervisor: Professor Roger Luckhurst