Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Reed, Jeremy

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(1951-    ) UK poet, critic and writer whose best poetry – unusually for a UK writer – has grown from the model of Surrealist poets like David Gascoyne (1916-2001), and whose novels consistently depend on implied Identity Exchanges, episodes of Possession, and Doubles; most of his work focuses on the nature of Decadence in a style which has reminded some critics of Ronald Firbank. In Blue Rock (1987) this thematic material is shaped into a Supernatural Fiction, one of whose protagonists is possessed by an animal spirit. Later novels often recount the lives of real 19th-century French figures through explicit (though fabulated) use of fantasy devices. Red Eclipse (1989) mixes occult psychic invasions with the imaginary journal of Charles Baudelaire's black mistress. Isidore: A Novel about the Comte de Lautréamont (1991) features an interview with the dead novelist (see Comte de Lautréamont; Posthumous Fantasy); in When the Whip Comes Down: A Novel about de Sade (1992) the Marquis de Sade engages in Timeslip excursions to the 20th century; Chasing Black Rainbows: A Novel about Antonin Artaud (1994) continues the sequence, without moving into fantasy. Diamond Nebula (1994), set in the 23rd century, features a protagonist obsessed with Decadents of the later 20th century, including J G Ballard. [JC]

Jeremy Reed


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.