Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Richard, Mark

(1955-    ) US writer whose first book, The Ice at the Bottom of the World (coll 1989), won the PEN Ernest Hemingway Award. MR's violently hallucinated, rather Gothic (> Gothic Fantasy) stories verge sometimes on Fabulation – especially with "Fishboy" (1989; exp vt Fishboy: A Ghost's Story 1993), a story populated by freaks, Ghosts and a monstrous narrator. Recalling Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville in its maritime Gothic, MR's novel offers itself as much a demented inscape as a tale of the supernatural, although it resolves finally into a Posthumous Fantasy. [GF]

Mark Richard

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