The American Fantasy Tradition



From The Ancient Tales Of Long Dead Civilizations To The Wild Success Of J R R Tolkien S Lord Of The Rings, Fantasy Has Fired Our Imaginations For As Long As There Has Been Story Whether Sweeping Sagas Of Fantastic Adventures Or Cautionary Tales Told Around The Campfire, Fantasy Is Deeply Woven Into The Very Fabric Of Humanity, Wearing Many Faces And Coming In Many Flavors But What Fantasy Is Distinctly American The American Fantasy Tradition Sets Out To Answer This Very Question This Comprehensive Critical Anthology Of American Fantasy Literature Applies The Groundbreaking Theorems Of Such Esteemed American Literary Critics As Leslie Fiedler, Richard Chase, And Irving Howe To The Genre Of Fantasy In An Effort To Delineate The True American Tradition Of Fantasy From The Prominent Anglo European Canon, Breaking It Down Into Three Distinctive Strains The American Tale Folk, Tall, And WeirdStories That Might Be Considered Fables Or Legends, Much Like The Epics Of The Age Of Heroes From The Classical Eras Of Rome And Greece, Or The Tales Of The Fairy Folk From The European Tradition, Or The Fables Of Aesop Fantastic AmericanaStories Set Directly Within The American Historic Landscape, Much As The Arthurian Tradition Is Set Within The Confines Of British History Lands Of Enchantment In Everyday LifeStories That Involve What Might Be Called The American Spirit, Focusing On Worlds That Exist In The Shadows Of Our Own, Just Beyond Rod Serling S Famous Signpost For The Twilight ZoneThe American Fantasy Tradition

Brian Thomsen was a founding editor of the Questar Science Fiction line of books, and served as managing fiction editor at TSR, Inc he also wrote over 30 short stories, and collaborated with Julius Schwartz on Schwartz s autobiography He also worked as the publisher for TSR s Periodicals Department at one point He was a consulting editor at Tor Books as an author he was a Hugo Award nominee.He died on September 21, 2008, at his home in Brooklyn at the age of 49 He was survived by his wife, Donna.

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • The American Fantasy Tradition
  • Brian M. Thomsen
  • English
  • 01 August 2018
  • 0765301520

10 thoughts on “The American Fantasy Tradition

  1. says:

    I went back and forth between three and four stars on this one I did like it It s very long, though, and there are a few stories in there that just didn t grab me But that s okay, and what you might expect in a short story compilation The tales in this volume date all the way back to Rip Van Winkle, which is the first story in the book It is divided into three sections, part 1 being Folk, Tall and Weird Tales This part also includes Uncle Remus stories, which, of course, are delightf I went back and forth between three and four stars on this one I did like it It s very long, though, and there are a few stories in there that just didn t grab me But that s okay, and what you might expect in a short story compilation The tales in this volume date all the way back to Rip Van Winkle, which is the first story in the book It is divided into three sections, part 1 being Folk, Tall and Weird Tales This part also includes Uncle Remus stories, which, of course, are delightful It also has The Saga of Pecos Bill, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, by H.P Lovecraft, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, and Children of the Corn, by Stephen King There are assorted others in there, as well.Part 2 is called Fantastic Americana In there, we find A Ghost Story, by Mark Twain, The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet, Hatrack River, the short story that spawned the Alvin Maker series, by Orson Scott Card, Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes To Iowa, the story that inspired the movie, Field of Dreams, by W.P Kinsella, and The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, a terrifying tale by Harlan Ellison.Part 3 is called Lands of Enchantment and Everyday Life It includes a delightful story by Frank Stockton, called The Griffin and the Minor Canon, a non Oz story by L Frank Baum, called The Enchanted Buffalo, an interesting piece by Theodore Sturgeon, called Slow Sculpture, a horrifying tale about a tribal doll, called Prey, by Richard Matheson a story featured in an episode of The Twilight Zone , a charming tale of alternate reality called The Coin Collector, by Jack Finney, The Geezenstacks, by Fredric Brown another Twilight Zone episode , The Black Ferris, by Ray Bradbury, the story that eventually became Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Mrs Todd s Shortcut, by Stephen King King and Harlan Ellison both landed in this collection twice Going over the partial story list inspired me to revisit my rating and give it four stars I ve been a lover of short stories, and, while I wouldn t necessarily include all of these in the fantasy genre none of them are what most modern people would consider fantasy nary a sword in any of them, but there are some witches and sorcery, perhaps , this is my kind of collection Mr Thomsen has done a grand job of collecting I daresay there were a few edit mistakes in the version I got my hand on , and the collection is quite diverse I highly recommend it, especially as a lesson on how some of our modern writing has been inspired

  2. says:

    Like the boy who grew tired of imitating his big brother, American fantasy writers found their own identity Some say that America is too young to have a unique mythmaking tradition, but her history is too unique not to have one Thomsen s compilation gives some ammunition to that argument Not all of his chosen short stories grabbed my attention, but I walked away thinking there is an American take on fantasy that replaces hierarchical clans and kingdoms with ordinary men stepping alone into Like the boy who grew tired of imitating his big brother, American fantasy writers found their own identity Some say that America is too young to have a unique mythmaking tradition, but her history is too unique not to have one Thomsen s compilation gives some ammunition to that argument Not all of his chosen short stories grabbed my attention, but I walked away thinking there is an American take on fantasy that replaces hierarchical clans and kingdoms with ordinary men stepping alone into the unknown

  3. says:

    Really, I can t believe the high reviews that people have given to this, frankly, poorly researched anthology At first presenting his book as an academic anthology through which he hopes to delineate a specific tradition of American fantasy from European fantasy, Thomson, like so many anthologists when they use the term American, seems to really mean a fantasy tradition of straight white men writing in the United States or Canada Markedly, there are only four female authors included in the t Really, I can t believe the high reviews that people have given to this, frankly, poorly researched anthology At first presenting his book as an academic anthology through which he hopes to delineate a specific tradition of American fantasy from European fantasy, Thomson, like so many anthologists when they use the term American, seems to really mean a fantasy tradition of straight white men writing in the United States or Canada Markedly, there are only four female authors included in the text and not a single author of color or queer author, which, perhaps, would have simply warranted a 2 or 3 stars from me were it not for his introduction At once claiming to present the reader with a collection representative of an American fantasy tradition, Thomsen expresses a complete awareness of the exclusions of the text, noting to the reader that, while he could of actually done the research, he s simply a poor white man who can t be expected to be able to adequately represent the voices of anything other than white men in his anthology So the voices of all women and people of color cease to be of interest to the researcher of the American Even certain white men such as Robert E Howard must be excluded from an American fantasy tradition as they are simply too European Latin America, as a whole, is similarly too European, as well, he explains to the reader In his introduction, Thomsen deftly excludes nearly the entire population of the Americas in order to make his argument make sense While there certainly may be an American fantasy tradition, as Thomsen wonderfully demonstrates through the inadequacies of his own research, it is a tradition based in the institutional exclusions that compose who may be considered an American and who may not

  4. says:

    This is a truly incredible collection of American speculative fiction by its best authors Of the many excellent stories old and new I think the one that stood out the most for me was by Harlan Ellison, based on an incident in New York in which a woman was brutally murdered, right out in the open, and no one NO ONE did anything about it No help, not even any calls to the police as it happened A speculation on the demons who must have been present in the hearts and homes of those who witnes This is a truly incredible collection of American speculative fiction by its best authors Of the many excellent stories old and new I think the one that stood out the most for me was by Harlan Ellison, based on an incident in New York in which a woman was brutally murdered, right out in the open, and no one NO ONE did anything about it No help, not even any calls to the police as it happened A speculation on the demons who must have been present in the hearts and homes of those who witnessed and ignored it

  5. says:

    Favorite inclusions The Shadow Over Innsmouth by Lovecraft, Dead Run by Greg Bear and Mrs Todd s Shortcut by Stephen King The last is super memorable, beautiful and eerie Also classics like Children of the Corn and The Yellow Wallpaper.

  6. says:

    Great collection of classic stories some of which are truly creepy.

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