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Weird Fiction in Britain 1880–1939


Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. James Machin
    Pages 1-46
  3. James Machin
    Pages 47-92
  4. James Machin
    Pages 93-161
  5. James Machin
    Pages 163-219
  6. James Machin
    Pages 221-247
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-259

About this book


This book is the first study of how ‘weird fiction’ emerged from Victorian supernatural literature, abandoning the more conventional Gothic horrors of the past for the contemporary weird tale. It investigates the careers and fiction of a range of the British writers who inspired H. P. Lovecraft, such as Arthur Machen, M. P. Shiel, and John Buchan, to shed light on the tensions between ‘literary’ and ‘genre’ fiction that continue to this day. Weird Fiction in Britain 1880–1939 focuses on the key literary and cultural contexts of weird fiction of the period, including Decadence, paganism, and the occult, and discusses how these later impacted on the seminal American pulp magazine Weird Tales. This ground-breaking book will appeal to scholars of weird, horror and Gothic fiction, genre studies, Decadence, popular fiction, the occult, and Fin-de-Siècle cultural history. 


gothic horror Decadence supernatural weird H. P. Lovecraft paganism occult fiction

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Royal College of ArtLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

James Machin is a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, UK.   

Bibliographic information


“Weird Fiction in Britain is certainly worth reading for any fan or student of the weird/gothic tale of the 19th century, as the mass of detail that went into this study is overwhelming, … .” (A. Ebert,, March 29, 2019)