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Old 01-19-2017   #31
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I believe Blackwood and Campbell come from very different outlooks. Blackwood's interest in the supernatural, comes from the actual source itself. While Campbell's interest comes more from literature and being a fan of supernatural and horror fiction, ... and perhaps a need to express something about real life social horrors, through the use of horror fiction symbols.
I agree with this, but I still think many of Blackwood's stories deliberately fit the ambiguously supernatural and psychological model of fiction. I think Blackwood's fiction often shows the supernatural as simply the communication of the natural or our higher perception of the natural.

There is a big difference between, say, his John Silence stories about a scientific man unambiguously fighting outre forces, and those in Incredible Adventures about characters feeling the vague, bracing and intimidating pull of nature – as in his stories The Regeneration of Lord Ernie or A Descent Into Egypt .

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Re: Favorite Campbell

What do you guys think of The Hungry Moon? Is has been said to be a slow burner. Is it well integrated? What about the supernatural elements, are they a return to his early Lovecraftian style?

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Grin of the Dark is one of the finest novels I've ever read.

Supremely unsettling and entertaining
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I really need to read his more recent novels. Any recommendations?

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Re: Favorite Campbell

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I really need to read his more recent novels. Any recommendations?
Darkest Part of the Woods is pretty essential (not very recent, but post-2000 anyway). I also really enjoyed Seven Days of Cain, which is a successor in a way to Grin of the Dark, and actually very poignant (Think Yourself Lucky completes the "trilogy"; it's not as strong, though still darkly entertaining.)
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