Read This: Dirda takes on Joshi


October 1, 2013 by Laird

Michael Dirda performs a comprehensive review of the eminent S.T. Joshi’s recent treatise on literary horror. This photo is illustrative of the content.

The Horror, the Horror

Vincent Price strangling Basil Rathbone in ‘Tales of Terror’ (1962)

Vincent Price strangling Basil Rathbone in ‘Tales of Terror’ (1962)

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3 thoughts on “Read This: Dirda takes on Joshi

  1. Kenton Sem says:

    It’s nice to see such a level-headed take on the ubiquitous S.T. His work is so overwhelmingly everywhere that the sheer volume of it can really take you aback. It recently came as a bit surprise to see him publicly and vehemently take to task two authors who did not meet his standards when it comes to Lovecraftian scholarship (if you’d like, click on my name above and look at the “Lovecraftian Donnybrook” thread for a bit more detail). Dirda’s review is quite good and he manages to be complimentary while at the same time positing that apt little Joshi-caveat at the conclusion.

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