The Best of British Horror Fiction
After the end of World War II, a new wave of mainstream writers began producing enduring works of British horror fiction. A novel by Sarban, The Sound of His Horn, combines time travel with sadomasochistic fantasy and posits a German victory over Britain. Shorter works by Desmond Stewart and John Metcalfe include The Feasting Dead and The Vampire of Mons. And, among the many short stories by Desmond Stewart, a ghost story by Richard Adams is a memorable example.
Autumn led a zombie revival in British horror fiction
Autumn led a zombie revival in British horror literature. Moody has long dwelled on London as the setting for an undead uprising, and her Autumn series followed the lives of individuals and small groups, including the last of the British military. Although the zombies in Autumn aren't unique to the UK, the book's large number of zombies kept readers on the edge of their seats.
Gary McMahon's novels are bleak, gritty and realistic
If you're a fan of horror and dark novels, you'll enjoy Gary McMahon's latest. His novels are bleak, gritty, and realistic, with a thread of hope running through them. While they're grim, McMahon's prose keeps the reader engaged throughout, giving them reason to fear the dark places.
Anna Frith's story is about a girl brought up in a psychiatric hospital
Anna Frith's story is about a girl who was brought up in a psychiatry hospital. Her father, Michael, has a history of sexual abuse. His son has also turned to self-flagellation. Michael and Anna ride to John's house to talk him out of self-harm. They find a man on the road and the former nanny, but they both agree to leave the outbursts behind. Anna and Michael eventually find their way home, and Anna's relationship with Michael has changed.
Throughout the novel, Anna fights personal traumas that have led her to the psychiatric hospital. Her husband died prematurely, and she longed for a life without class and gender. The plague has shaken her faith in society and God, but she finds new strength in herself and her two children. But the novel also raises existential questions about the plague, the horrors of it, and the role of religion in her life.
The plague is a major cause of the outbreak of the bubonic plague in England in the 1600s, and the villagers of Eyam, a small town in the North of England, try to survive it. As the plague spreads, Anna Frith visits the unstable rector, Michael Mompellion, who has lost his wife, Elinor, and has become an unwilling ally to Elizabeth Bradford. As the plague spreads through the village, the villagers' faith in God is challenged and the townspeople begin to question the power of the gods and their ability to intervene.
The book's plot is a classic, and this novella has feminist undertones. In a town 25 years before the Salem witch trials, Anna's father is a psychiatrist, and he and his daughter, Urith, become scapegoats for the murders of their neighbors. Anna suspects that some of these murders were the result of self-harm, but there's nothing to support that theory.
Asylum is set in a remote farmhouse in Wales
The controversial plan to relocate refugees to a remote farm in Rwanda is facing its first legal challenge after refugee groups slammed the British government. The asylum seekers in Wales say they feel like prisoners, and the living conditions are fueling their mental health problems. Refugees from countries like Sudan, Syria, and Afghanistan have spoken out about the system and their harrowing experiences. Zaina Aljumma fled Syria with her two young children in June 2020.
Clive Barker is a writer who reinvigorated the genre in the 1980s
The Books of Blood series by Clive Barker became one of the most popular works of horror fiction in the 1980s, and the writer quickly rose to prominence. The series' graphic imagery added an extra element of sensuality to the genre, with a focus on the human body. The series' protagonist, the rawhead Rex, savors the flesh of children. Barker also wrote the first two Hellraiser films and he also executive-produced the movie Gods and Monsters, which won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Barker's work is highly influential and his books have influenced many young readers and film directors. His horror stories were first published in an anthology called The Essential Clive Barker, and his children's fantasy novel The Thief of Always was recently made into a video game. His works also appear in comic books, and his most recent creation is a comic book series called The Great and Secret Show.
In the late 1970s, British horror had declined as production companies turned away from its traditional form. However, in 1980, the satanic vogue was back in full force with Hammer's satanic cult hit Dracula AD72. However, this movie felt less like a horror film than a sexploitation film, and in fact was closer to Hammer's work in style and language. As a result, the films had lost their originality, and Hammer had become a shadow of its former self. They were desperate to spice up their gothic horror with sex and violence.
In the early 1970s, the British Film Industry faced financial problems and a boom and bust cycle. The industry suffered as American studios withdrew most of their funds to help support the struggling industry. This led to lowered standards and production values, leading to the virtual demise of British Horror film. After this, the industry began to recover, fueled by a writer named Clive Barker.