New Directions in Supernatural Horror Literature

The Critical Influence of H. P. Lovecraft

  • Sean Moreland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. “The Oldest and Strongest Emotion”: The Psychology of Cosmic Horror

  3. “A Literature of Cosmic Fear”: Lovecraft, Criticism, and Literary History

  4. “The True Weird”: (Re)Defining the Weird

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


This collection of essays examines the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft’s most important critical work, Supernatural Horror in Literature. Each chapter illuminates a crucial aspect of Lovecraft’s criticism, from its aesthetic, philosophical and literary sources, to its psychobiological underpinnings, to its pervasive influence on the conception and course of horror and weird literature through the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These essays investigate the meaning of cosmic horror before and after Lovecraft, explore his critical relevance to contemporary social science, feminist and queer readings of his work, and ultimately reveal Lovecraft’s importance for contemporary speculative philosophy, film and literature.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sean Moreland
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawa, ONCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95476-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95477-6
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