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Jul 22 2017 11:00am

The Gothic Origins of the Contemporary Crime Thriller

People have always loved reading about murder. Even back in the mid-18th century, the Newgate Calendar (also known as The Malefactors’ Bloody Register) titillated the public with gruesome accounts of true crimes. Ostensibly, this bulletin of executions at Newgate Prison published criminals’ confessions as a way to warn people about the mortal perils of their wanton ways, cautioning them against drinking, gambling, and prostitution. 

Interestingly, in the early days of the Enlightenment, these criminals were seen as examples of the fate that might befall any of us who strayed from God’s path, and their executions were typically accompanied by a sermon that embraced the lost soul back into the fold. Only later in the Enlightenment did we learn to psychologically distance ourselves from these murderers, kidnappers, and thieves in order to see them as somehow monstrously “other.” Karen Halttunen explores this brilliantly in her admirably accessible study Murder Most Foul from Harvard University Press (2000).

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Oct 29 2015 4:30pm

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Leslie S. Klinger and Chuck Caruso Talk Edgar Allan Poe

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger is perhaps best known for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Published by W.W. Norton in 2004, this three-volume project won the 2005 Edgar Award for “Best Critical/Biographical” work. Klinger served as a consultant for the recent films Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), both directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr., as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.

Klinger’s other important editorial work includes The New Annotated Dracula (Norton 2008), The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (Liveright 2014), and a lush four-volume collection of the DC Comics series written by Neil Gaiman, The Annotated Sandman, published sequentially by Vertigo in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

This month, Pegasus Crime publishes In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Terror 1816-1914, compiled and edited by Klinger as a follow-up to his previous two collections of neglected Victorian short stories – In the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes (IDW 2011) and In the Shadow of Dracula (IDW 2011).

Poe scholar Chuck Caruso sat down to talk with Leslie Klinger about this new collection, In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe.

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