Nicholas Royle is a God!


I have a couple of writing projects in train at present, and one of them draws on understandings and theorisations about the “Uncanny”, a Freudian term meaning a number of things, including but not limited to: the ghostly, the strange, the weird and mysterious, a flickering sense of the unnatural, deja vu, something strangely beautiful, death, uncertainty, solitude, darkness, eeriness, apprehension, and that feeling you have when the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

I thought I knew a lot about the uncanny. Then I came across this brilliant book by Nicholas Royle, which is actually written in a crazy, post-modern, playful and… uncanny… style (!!!) – and I am inexplicably laughing and crying and in awe and I just can’t believe he got away with writing an academic text like this but so thrilled that he did, and now I want to write like this too.


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