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Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country by Edward Parnell

Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country

Edward Parnell

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Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 17 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780008271954

'A uniquely strange and wonderful work of literature' Philip Hoare 'An exciting new voice' Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country

4 stars out of 5
2 Nov 2019

"an account of the wraiths and apparitions on the page, but also a tender consideration of how our experience is shaped and enriched by our encounters with life’s real ghosts."

Part of the book’s achievement is Parnell’s willingness to wander far from the mainstream and to consider the broadest taxonomic subdivision of his field. Here are standard ghost stories, but also works of weird fiction, magic fiction, folk horror and cosmic horror. The author is equally well versed in the cinematic versions of his favourite literature, and provides a meticulous cross-reference to show us how the two art forms influenced each other.