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Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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'Combining the genres of adventure, fantasy and social realism in one story, Gary Crew's latest work follows the fortunes of modern day teenager Johnny Doolan as told to his psychiatrist. Johnny's favourite books are gothic novels and Grimms' Fairy Tales. Now, however, the boy finds that the scenes, illustrations and characters from these books intrude upon his everyday life to such an extent that he is transported to 'Gothic Hospital - an Infirmary for Orphans'. The question is, can Johnny rid himself of these living nightmares by telling all to his shrink or will he fall victim to his nightmares?'

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 2001 .
      Extent: 224p.p.
      ISBN: 0734402325

Works about this Work

The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
The Scary Tale Looks for a Family : Gary Crew's 'Gothic Hospital' and Sonya Hartnett's 'The Devil's Latch' Anna Smith , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Gothic in Children's Literature : Haunting the Borders 2008; (p. 131-143)
Untitled Pam Harvey , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 45 no. 3 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
Untitled Mary Koenig , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 15 no. 3 2001; (p. 20)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
Untitled Raymond Huber , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 9 no. 3 2001; (p. 46)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
Untitled Pam Harvey , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 45 no. 3 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
Untitled Mary Koenig , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 15 no. 3 2001; (p. 20)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
Untitled Raymond Huber , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 9 no. 3 2001; (p. 46)

— Review of Gothic Hospital Gary Crew 2001 single work novel
The Scary Tale Looks for a Family : Gary Crew's 'Gothic Hospital' and Sonya Hartnett's 'The Devil's Latch' Anna Smith , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Gothic in Children's Literature : Haunting the Borders 2008; (p. 131-143)
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
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