The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock

The Mythic Fantasy of Robert HoldstockMcFarland has published a collection of essays analysing Rob’s prose work, which is called The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock: Critical Essays on the Fiction.

It’s edited by Donald E. Morse and Kálmán Matolcsy. It’s part of McFarland’s Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy series, which is edited by Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III. A foreword to the book is written by Brian Aldiss.

About the Book
Robert Holdstock was a prolific writer whose oeuvre included horror, fantasy, mystery and the novelization of films, often published under pseudonyms. These twelve critical essays explore Holdstock’s varied output by displaying his works against the backdrop of folk and fairy tales, dissecting their spatiotemporal order, and examining them as psychic fantasies of our unconscious life or as exempla of the sublime. The individual novels of the Mythago Wood sequence are explored, as is Holdstock’s early science fiction and the Merlin Codex series.

About the Editors
Donald E. Morse is a professor at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary, and is an emeritus professor at the University of Oakland in Michigan. He is the author of a dozen books and over 100 scholarly articles. Kálmán Matolcsy is a translator, poet, composer, and a professor at the University of Debrecen. He has written numerous scholarly articles on the literature of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is a professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

Update: You can read the detailed review of this book by Paul Kincaid on the SF Site.