I Am Stone: The Gothic Weird Tales of R. Murray Gilchrist
I have reviewed I Am Stone: The Gothic Weird Tales of R. Murray Gilchrist (ed. Daniel Pietersen) for The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, electronic publication dedicated to the study of gothic and horror literature, film, the popular culture.
The volume contributes to the British Library’s Tales of the Weird series that aims to introduce readers to important authors and stories within the canon of Weird fiction. R. Murray Gilchrist is a critically neglected Weird author whose stories adopt lavish prose and imagery characteristic of the English Decadent Movement, a late-Victorian literary movement preoccupied with gothic themes of excess, death, and romance. I Am Stone is an engaging read that sheds new light on Gilchrist's short stories and makes them accessible to readers unfamiliar with Weird fiction.
The review will be published in the next issue of Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, available on their website.
Image Credit: I Am Stone: The Gothic Weird Tales of R. Murray Gilchrist, British Library Publishing
I'm Christina Brennan, a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in various places, including Little White Lies, Horror Homeroom, Horrified and Ghoulish Media. My first book will be on George Sluizer's film Spoorloos (translated from Dutch as The Vanishing) – a film that Stanley Kubrick called the most terrifying film he'd ever seen. The book will be coming out with Devil's Advocate series, the imprint of Liverpool University Press devoted to exploring cult and classic horror cinema. I've been a reviewer for the Salem Horror Film Festival, and I write reviews for academic journals, including Revenant and the Irish Gothic and Horror Journal. In the recent past, I did a PhD on North American post-apocalyptic and doomsday fiction.