Weird Tales and Pulp Decadence

  • James Machin
Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)


Here Machin turns to what is regarded as both the culmination of the ‘high phase’ of weird fiction, and one of its definitive iterations: the 1920s and 1930s run of Weird Tales magazine. He specifically looks at this period of Weird Tales through the lens of his previous investigation of fin-de-siècle British weird fiction. Machin argues that, contrary to some claims, Weird Tales was part of an existing tradition and a continuation of fin-de-siècle literary Decadence in the age of Modernism. Underlying this discussion, and concluding a structural theme of the entire thesis, is a consideration of canonicity, and of the polluting of neat boundaries between notions of high and low culture.

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  • James Machin
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  1. 1.Royal College of ArtLondonUK

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