Detective Fiction and the Ghost Story: The Haunted Text (Crime Files), by Michael Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Info and sample chapter: palgrave.com.
"Detective Fiction and the Ghost Story is the first full-length study to concentrate on the engagement between detective fiction and the ghost story, one of the central relationships in all popular genres. It features works from many of the giants in both traditions including Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, M.R. James, John Dickson Carr, Susan Hill and Tony Hillerman. The Haunted Text includes a new and lively reading of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a comparison between Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black and the Simon Serrailler novels, and discussions on the ghost-haunted city of Rebus’s Edinburgh and Tony Hillerman’s novels about the Navajo people of the Southwestern United States. What emerges is a surprising picture of a long and influential association which has had a major effect on the development of detective fiction. This fascinating book will be of interest to both scholars and general readers alike."
1. Detecting the Ghost
2. Decoding the Past: Narrative and Inquiry in ‘The Musgrave Ritual’ and ‘The Treasure of Abbot Thomas’
3. Out of the Past: Retribution and Conan Doyle’s Double Narratives
4. ‘… That Forbidding Moor’: The Hound of the Baskervilles, a Ghost Story?
5. Agatha Christie’s Harlequinade: The ‘Bi-Part’ Soul of the Detective
6. John Dickson Carr’s Golden Age Gothic: The Locked Room Mystery and the Ghost Story
7. Rebus’s Edinburgh Palimpsest: The Spirits of the Place
8. Susan Hill’s Lost Hearts: The Woman in Black and the Serrailler Novels
9. Tony Hillerman’s Cultural Metaphysics
Notes to Chapters
Evenk shamaness heating her drum over fire. Photo by A. Slapins, 1975
Heating the drum before use was necessary because the heat tightened the drum skin and changed its pitch. Basically, the shaman used the fire for tuning his/her drum.
Twenty three pages in, we finally get to see the title character.
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There’s a lot more story here now! A beautifully done comic.