Cambridge University Press, 1999, first paperback edition. Clery, EJ. Paperback, condition: used very good++. Slight shelf wear and reading creases, pages unmarked. A genre of supernatural fiction was among the more improbable products of the Age of Enlightenment. This book questions the historical reasons for the popularity of supernatural fiction at that time examining Gothic novels in the context of contemporary theatrical ghosts, and drawing out the connection between fictions of the supernatural and the growth of consumerism. This book charts the troubled entry of the supernatural into fiction, and questions the historical reasons for its growing popularity in the late eighteenth century. From the Cock Lane ghost, who became a major attraction in London in 1762, and Garrick's spellbinding performance as the ghost-seeing Hamlet, it moves on to look at the Gothic novels of Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, M. G. Lewis, and others. The central thesis concerns the connection between fictions of the supernatural and the growth of consumerism: not only are ghost stories successful commodities in the rapidly commercialising book market, they are also considered here as reflections on the disruptive effects of this socio-economic transformation.