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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Kirsten Tran­ter

THE de­vo­tion of an is­sue of the pres­ti­gious Bri­tish quar­terly Granta to the theme of hor­ror seems at first glance to in­di­cate a pos­si­ble rap­proche­ment be­tween the usu­ally sep­a­rate realms of genre and the lit­er­ary. Readers may be hopeful the ed­i­tors will in­tro­duce them to the best of new writ­ing in the rich area of hor­ror fic­tion and af­fil­i­ated gen­res such as fan­tasy and the ‘‘ New Weird’’.

In­stead, the only genre au­thor in this vol­ume is Stephen King, the hor­ror writer most re­spected by the lit­er­ary es­tab­lish­ment, while China Mieville, Peter Straub and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the best in genre writ­ing are notably ab­sent. Nor do we get to see big name lit­er­ary au­thors get­ting their hands as dirty as you might ex­pect when you imag­ine Paul Auster

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