Back in August I was contacted with the news that Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria would be reviewed in the November edition of Le Fanu Studies ( http://www.lefanustudies.com/ ), an online magazine offshoot of Gary William Crawford's Gothic Press ( http://www.gothlitdata.com/gothicpress.html ).
Le Fanu Studies (as the name suggests) is dedicated to all things J.S. Le Fanu, and therefore placed me in an interesting situation.
Would they be intrigued by my derivative reworking of a classic, a novella written by the man their journal is named after, or would they be horrified (no pun intended) by my offering?
I was told that the review was to be written by David A. Sutton, and this news too induced within me a degree of trepidation.
For those who don't know, David A. Sutton is a big name in the world of British horror. As well as being the owner of small press Shadow Publishing ( http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html ), David has been writing genre fiction since the 1960s, and is also a highly respected editor of horror fiction.
In 1994 David received The British Fantasy Society’s ‘Special Award'. He has also received the World Fantasy Award, The International Horror Guild Award, and twelve separate British Fantasy Awards since 1978.
Daunting enough then to have such a well respected 'name' reviewing ones work, and made even more so by the knowledge that David is 'not' a fan of derivative fiction.
I confess to having awaited his review with a degree of trepidation. Thankfully, although being upfront about the 'crunching together of different horror icons' not being to his personal taste, David nevertheless presented a very well rounded summary of Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria, and describes the book as a creditable re-creation (of Carmilla).
I can certainly take a degree of satisfaction from the kind words of such a respected literary figure.
You can read the full review by following the link below.
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