The Gothic Imagination: Conversations On Fantasy, Horror, And Science Fiction In The Media

Paperback | September 15, 2011

byJohn C. TibbettsPreface byRichard Holmes

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The Gothic tradition continues to excite the popular imagination. John C. Tibbetts presents interviews and conversations with prominent novelists, filmmakers, artists, and film and television directors and actors as they trace the Gothic mode across three centuries, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, through H.P. Lovecraft, to today’s science fiction, goth, and steampunk culture. H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Chris (The Polar Express) Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, Gahan Wilson, Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Reeve, Greg Bear, William Shatner, and many more share their worlds of imagination and terror.

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The Gothic tradition continues to excite the popular imagination. John C. Tibbetts presents interviews and conversations with prominent novelists, filmmakers, artists, and film and television directors and actors as they trace the Gothic mode across three centuries, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, through H.P. Lovecraft, to today’s s...

John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Kansas. His sixteen published books include, most recently, Schumann: A Chorus of Voices (2010) and All My Loving?: The Films of Tony Palmer (2009). Other books include The American Theatrical Film (1985), Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (2002), and Composers in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:438 pages, 9.4 × 6.07 × 0.89 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface--Richard Holmes * Prefatory Note--James Gunn * INTRODUCTION: VOICES HEARD ‘ROUND THE COSMIC CAMPFIRE--John C. Tibbetts * THE LOVECRAFT CIRCLE * “The Provocative Abysses of Unplumbed Space”: S.T. Joshi Explores the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft * “I Am Providence”:  Henry Beckwith on H.P. Lovecraft * “Psycho Is Not About a Shower Scene!”: Robert Bloch * “From Providence to Liverpool”: Ramsey Campbell * “Certain Things Associated with the Night”: T.E.D. Klein * THE HEROIC AGE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION * "Robert E. Howard and The Whole Wide World”: Dan Ireland * “Batman and Me”:  Bob Kane * "The Man Who Explained Miracles”: John Dickson Carr * “Superman is a Friend”: Christopher Reeve * “Wonder’s Child”: Jack Williamson * “Ragnarok and Relativity”: Poul Anderson * "The Way the Future Was”: Frederik Pohl * “I Tell People Stories”: Wilson Tucker * “The Complete Enchanter”: L. Sprague De Camp * THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES * A. THE BRADBURY COLLABORATIONS * “Stan and Ollie”: Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen * “Joe and Me”: Bradbury and Joseph Mugnaini * B. THE BRADBURY CIRCLE (Friends and Associates) * “Let’s Put on a Show!”: Julius Schwarz * "Mister Monster”: Forrest J Ackerman * “Dandelion Chronicles”: William F. Nolan * “The Repairman Cometh”: F. Paul Wilson * “A Bradbury Companion”: Donn Albright * DESTINATION: MARS! * “Back to Barsoom”: Bob Zeuschner Talks about the Mars Books of Edgar Rice Burroughs * “This Is Where We Start Again”: Kim Stanley Robinson * THE EXTRAVAGANT GAZE * A. “A Sublime Madness”: Professors Albert Boime and Tim Mitchell Talk about Goya, Géricault, and Caspar David Friedrich * B. “Scenes from Childhood” * “Album for the Young”: Maurice Sendak * “There’s a Lot of Reality to These Fantasies”: Charles Sturridge and Fairy Tale * “The Mysteries of Chris Van Allsburg” * “Gahan Wilson’s Diner” * “WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE. . .”: TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET AND STAR TREK * Frankie Thomas on “Tom Corbett” and the Early Days of “Live” Television * Four members of the Enterprise crew speak out about Star Trek: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, De Forest Kelly, and George Takei * THE MUSIC OF TERROR * “Symphonie fantastique”: Jack Sullivan * POSTMODERN GOTHIC * “The Night Ride of Charles Beaumont”: Jason V Brock * “We Walk Your Dog at Night!” Stephen King * "The Kiss That Bites”: Susie McKee Charnas * “A Magellan of the Interior”: Peter Straub * “The Billion Year Spree”: Brian Aldiss * “Savage Pastimes”: Gothic Schlock and True-Crime Horrors: Harold Schechter and Rick Geary * “Different Engines”: Alternate Worlds and Anachronistic Technologies: Cynthia Miller and T. L. Reid * "THE HERESY OF HUMANISM”: GREG BEAR AND GREGORY BENFORD * EPILOGUE

Editorial Reviews

"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 "The book serves as a wide-reaching introduction to a variety of viewpoints on the Gothic, extending the Gothic far beyond the Romantic-era horror stories most commonly associated with the mode by other writers. The true proof of Tibbetts' skill at the art of the interview is perhaps the effect that his book is capable of having on an intelligent reader: rather than ending a conversation, the book opens up a discussion to the critical community at large." - Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts "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 mythos to what you're seeing that it almost makes sense, and that's what provides the scare." - Interview with Greg Bear "Absolutely fascinating. Tibbetts has written a work of striking originality, demonstrating how important recorded oral history is to the serious study of mass culture." - David Culbert, John L. Loos Professor of History, Louisiana State University and editor, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television "With both the knowledgeable enthusiasm of a lifelong fan and the analytical expertise of an accomplished scholar, Tibbetts has managed to coax some shrewdly observed critical insights, revealing personal anecdotes, and sometimes bittersweet emotional ruminations from his wide range of interviewees, whether they be writers, editors, artists, collectors, or filmmakers. And he captures very well the highly individualized tone and personality of each of his subjects. Evocative and intellectually stimulating, this collection works both as a celebration of and an elegy about a bygone age of popular-cultural achievement." - Kenneth Z. Jurkiewicz, Associate Professor of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University