Baptism of Fire: The Birth of the Modern British Fantastic in World War I

Baptism of Fire examines selected examples of the fantastic response to World War I among British authors. The contents comprise a mix of five classic articles from the pages of Mythlore and twelve new essays. The first half of the book considers the Inklings, the Oxford literary group centered on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, while the second half deals with other More
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About Janet Brennan Croft

Janet Brennan Croft is an Associate University Librarian at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the author of War in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner, Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies). She has also written on the Peter Jackson Middle-earth films, the Whedonverse, Orphan Black, J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, The Devil Wears Prada, and other authors, TV shows, and movies. She is also editor or co-editor of many collections of literary essays, the most recent (before this one) being ‘Something Has Gone Crack’: New Perspectives on Tolkien in the Great War (Walking Tree, 2019) with Anna Röttinger. She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore and is archivist and assistant editor of Slayage: The International Journal of Buffy+. You can follow her work on

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