- Supernatural fiction
Supernatural fiction is a classification of
literatureused to describe fictionexploiting or requiring as plot devices or themes some contradictions of the commonplace natural worldand materialistassumptions about it. It includes the traditional ghost story, and was propelled to prominence in Europeby the eighteenth centuryexplosion of popular Gothic fiction.Fact|date=August 2008
Most but not all supernatural fiction would be taken to be
genre fiction;Fact|date=August 2008 " The Turn of the Screw" by Henry Jamesis an example of a work of literary fictionthat is also largely concerned with supernatural fiction elements, making play of the possibility that they are psychological at root, but requiring the option that they are not for effect.
A great deal of supernatural fiction was written in the century up to 1950Fact|date=August 2008, then lost popularity.Fact|date=August 2008 The newer
genres of horror fictionand fantasy fiction, growing out of some of the basic propositions and generic conventions, to a certain extent replaced it.
Some examples of the genre include:
Shirley Jackson's " The Haunting of Hill House"
Richard Matheson's "Hell House"
Stephen King's " Bag of Bones" and " The Shining"
M. R. James's " Ghost Stories of an Antiquary"
Sheridan Le Fanu's " In a Glass Darkly"
Supernatural fiction continues to be a staple of
comic bookand graphic novelwriting, and the basis for film.
*"The Supernatural in Fiction" (1952)
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