On Authorial Voice in Quality Fiction & Its Ability to Build Atmosphere by Matt Cardin…

The Starving Writers' Club

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From the Introduction to The Secret of Ventriloquism–a Creepy Collection of Short Stories by Jon Padget (Dunhams Manor Press 2017)

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S. T. Joshi has famously argued that the truly great authors of weird fiction have been great precisely because they use their stories as a vehicle for expressing a coherent worldview. I would here like to advance an alternative thesis. I would like to assert that one of the characteristics of great weird fiction, and most especially weird horror—not the sole characteristic, of course, since weird horror is a multifaceted jewel, but a characteristic that is crucial and irreducible in those works of the weird that lodge in the reader’s mind with unforgettable force and intensity—is a vivid and distinct authorial voice.

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