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The Problem with Modern Horror Strories

I love horror literature and movies. Despite that many critics believe it to be a minor genre, I highly enjoy well-crafted horror stories. To be…

Slaughterhouse-5

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia Even before Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel has begun, the reader is already confronted on the back cover with a wide variety…

The Sleepwalkers: A Trilogy

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia As Hannah Arendt pointed out in the introduction to The Sleepwalkers, the ‘modern novel’, the label under which Hermann Broch’s book…

The Uses of Literacy, by Richard Hoggart

By George Hoare Richard Hoggart’s The Uses of Literacy, re-issued at the end of last year by Penguin, is an important book, and there are…

The Girl Who Played With Fire

By David Bowden Second parts of trilogies are notoriously hard work: by definition, they are to some extent shorn of the structural unity offered by…

Nemesis by Philip Roth

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia The blurb on the dust cover of Philip Roth’s Nemesis is pretty accurate, ‘a terrifying epidemic is raging’, ‘focusing on [Bucky]…

Crash

By Dan Summers JG Ballard’s novel Crash was highly controversial when it was published in 1973, as was David Cronenberg’s 1996 film adaptation, marrying the…

Libraries: The Case for Books

By Nicky Charlish We’re warned to never judge a book by its cover. But when we see one that has a design showing rows of…

Astral Travels with Jack London

This article [Astral Travels with Jack London] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/11/22/astral-travels-with-jack-london/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish…

Sir Arthur and the Fairies

This article [Sir Arthur and the Fairies] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/06/12/sir-arthur-and-the-fairies/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish…

In Hollywood with Nathanael West

By Marion Meade Hollywood has served as a novelist’s muse for almost a century. The list of writers who found inspiration there includes the likes…

Picturing Don Quixote

Four hundred years ago, on April 23, 1616, Miguel de Cervantes died. In the prologue to his posthumously-published The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda, he…

Sherlock Holmes, For King and Country

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes saga has enjoyed—or in some cases, suffered—countless reinventions since its original publication from 1887 to 1927. The BBC’s current television version…

The Plague

Among the misfortunes haunting humankind throughout its history, the most significant three were wars, famine, and epidemics; these three often come together. In the Bible,…

Harry Potter

If you research the question about which books were the most significant for the generation born in early 1990s, the answer would probably be predictable:…

Twilight Saga

Among the literary products that become popular in the media and with consumers, one can point out two main categories. The first category consists of…

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