Clive Bloom  

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"It is far too simplistic to argue that each time a woman reads a magazine advocating heterosexual marriage, or a Barbara Cartland novel, a rubber fetishist goes and buys a favorite magazine or a teenager buys a Batman comic that they are equally vulnerable, equally exploited, equally duped. To patronize every reader of Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins is to grossly misjudge and diminish the subject." - (Clive Bloom in Cult Fiction, 1996)

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Clive Bloom was born in London and educated at Essex and Southampton Universities. He lives and works in East London and is the author and editor of many works on popular culture, cultural history and literary criticism. His recent books include Violent London: 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts, Cult Fiction: Popular Reading and Pulp Theory; Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900 and Gothic Horror: A Reader’s Guide from Poe to King and Beyond, all of which have enjoyed international recognition. He is also an occasional feature writer for the London Evening Standard, regularly appears on television and radio and is quoted in the Columbia Book of World Quotations. -- [Jan 2006]


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