Ramsey Campbell

Author(s) Keith M. C. O'Sullivan

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions

  • May 2023 · 240 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786839855
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786839862
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786839879

About The Book


‘Ramsey Campbell is to British horror what Stephen King is to the United States. O’Sullivan’s book is a welcome and long-overdue study of Campbell’s work, giving it the scholarly attention it deserves – insightful and readable, this is an essential addition to Gothic and horror studies.’
Dr Kevin Corstorphine, University of Hull, co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook to Horror Literature (2018)

‘In Ramsey Campbell, O’Sullivan has crafted an authoritative and fascinating study of this vital but neglected figure in Gothic literature. Through rigorous research and meticulous analysis of rarely discussed works, this important and engaging book delivers compelling insights into Campbell’s style and themes, elevating him to his rightful place as a titan of modern British horror.’
Dr Simon Brown, Kingston University, London, author of Screening Stephen King: Adaptation and the Horror Genre in Film and Television (2018)


Introduction: A Neglected ‘Poet’: Campbell and Gothic Tradition
1. Impractical Magic: Campbell’s Agnostic Gothic
2. Of Bonds and Beings: Campbell’s Gothic Sociopaths
3. Writing with Intensity: Campbell’s Gothic Novellas
4. ‘Ghosts’ from the Machine: Campbell’s Gothic Techno-Fictions
Conclusion: ‘Something to Believe in’: Repositioning Campbell in the Gothic – and Beyond

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Keith M. C. O'Sullivan

Keith M. C. O’Sullivan is Senior Rare Books Librarian at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He completed his PhD on Ramsey Campbell and Gothic at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021.

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