Earbuds, Imagination and Immersion: Looking Forward to New Kinds of Terror in New Kinds of Horror Thumbnail

Earbuds, Imagination and Immersion: Looking Forward to New Kinds of Terror in New Kinds of Horror

Posted by Danielle Hancock on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , , ,

There is one last thing that I’d like to say about horror podcasting. Horror-podcasts – those short, creepy little audio-narratives that engulf most of my free time - are often described along the lines of “movies for your ears”. I disagree. I think that horror podcasting potentializes a very different horror experience to cinematic forms. Have you ever wondered, after a scary film, if you’re as safe in your home as you thought? Have you ever flicked on all the lights, peered through the window, checked the cupboards, just to make sure? In lone horror listening, that uncertainty is n

VII International Gothic Literature Congress CFP Thumbnail

VII International Gothic Literature Congress CFP

Posted by Matt Foley on May 11, 2015 in News tagged with , , ,

VII International Gothic Literature Congress “Uncanny Transgressions” April 2016, National Autonomous University of Mexico During the last years, Gothic Literature has just begun to be accepted as a literary field worth of study among Mexican scholars. The doors remain open to deepen into the study of a style whose manifestations go beyond the barriers represented by time, culture, genre, and art modes. Objective: After the great response received in the previous Gothic Congresses (2008 - 2014), our objective is to keep the rising interest in the Gothic among both students and scho

GOTHIC AT THE GOTT Thumbnail

GOTHIC AT THE GOTT

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on May 07, 2015 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , , ,

  The literary Gothic did not emerge ex nihilo; rather it drew on well-established cultural meanings and    a long-standing interest in the Gothic which were developed largely within the antiquarian traditions. I’d like to place Rosemary Sweet’s compelling observation at the head of this post about the Gothic and the new Gott Collection at the Hepworth Gallery. It is a statement which is consistently borne out in the study of this fine collection of engravings and watercolours. I’d also like to thank Dale Townshend here for his kind invitation to make this exciting resourc

Horror Podcasting and Zombie Radio – A Special Kind of Creepy Thumbnail

Horror Podcasting and Zombie Radio – A Special Kind of Creepy

Posted by Danielle Hancock on April 30, 2015 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Radio is the ghost-trace behind every iTune. If video killed the radio (star), iPod was born of its remnants - taking the best and leaving the rest. iPod, that anti domestic, anti-connective, personalised sound-bubble machine, jettisoned all that made radio both homely and, (as the homely often is), cloying, intrusive, and restrictive. iPod gave not only mobility but freedom from advert breaks (or at least the option to fast-forward), time schedules, crappy songs, DJ waffle, knob-twiddling and crackling reception. We moved on from radio, our dead friend. So beneath our streamlined podcasts

The Dying Text: Learning from Scottish Gothic Thumbnail

The Dying Text: Learning from Scottish Gothic

Posted by Timothy C. Baker on April 27, 2015 in Guest Blog, Timothy Baker tagged with , , ,

While death is self-evidently a primary theme of Gothic in all its iterations, mourning is no less so. Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, for instance, ends with the following curious formulation: ‘And, if the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it – the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded’ (p. 672). Reading a Gothic novel may be useful diversion, but it may just as much provide a model for mourning. Gothic teaches us something about our

The Horror of Memory: John Burnside’s Glister Thumbnail

The Horror of Memory: John Burnside’s Glister

Posted by Timothy C. Baker on April 20, 2015 in Guest Blog, Timothy Baker tagged with , , , ,

In Tentacles Longer Than Night, the recently-released third volume of his Horror of Philosophy series, Eugene Thacker offers a reading of horror novels as philosophy, arguing that ‘Perhaps genres such as the horror genre are interesting not because we can devise ingenious explanatory models for them, but because they cause us to question some of our most basic assumptions about the knowledge-production process itself, or about the hubris of living in the human-centric world in which we currently live’ (p. 11) The furthest extent of these horror texts is the supernatural horror novel centre

Welcome Friends:  Horror Podcasting’s overthrow of the Mobile, Private iPod. Thumbnail

Welcome Friends: Horror Podcasting’s overthrow of the Mobile, Private iPod.

Posted by Danielle Hancock on April 16, 2015 in Danielle Hancock tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Camp-fire tales and oral spook-tales aren’t just about sharing voices, they are also about sharing space. Faintly-lit faces in the darkness, making strange the presence of other humans, crowded around a beacon of light: a rough-shod, impermanent domestic in the wilderness, with goodness knows what watching from the shadows. There’s a thrill to be had in probing the limitations of the firelight’s safety, and in the uncertainty of one’s company; transformed by the stories and their in/visibility. The same is true of fireside ghost-tales, and Golden Era radio-horror listening: the fam

Translating Experience: Under the Skin Thumbnail

Translating Experience: Under the Skin

Posted by Timothy C. Baker on April 13, 2015 in Guest Blog, Timothy Baker tagged with , ,

How we think about mourning, and how we consider our place in the world, is always in part a question of medium, of how our world is presented to us. There may be no better example of this than Michel Faber’s 2000 novel Under the Skin and Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film version, scripted by Walter Campbell, specifically in the way they handle the question of animal. Faber’s novel has often been read as problematising binary oppositions between human and nonhuman animals. The novel depicts a group of aliens raising humans as meat on a farm near Inverness. By using ‘human’ to descri

Stars, Stripes, and Monsters Thumbnail

Stars, Stripes, and Monsters

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on April 09, 2015 in Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Uncategorized tagged with

What do Dracula and Godzilla have in common? What sounds like the beginning of a bad joke or a guiltily pleasurable “B movie” portraying the serendipitous encounter between two iconic monsters, is actually just a strange series of connections facilitated by two recent movies involving the characters: Godzilla (2014) by Gareth Edwards and Dracula Untold (2014) by Gary Shore. The two films are not thematically similar, neither through characters nor through plot; nevertheless, a potential point of contact is forged in regards to both the re-telling nature of the films (the two films posit th

Horror Podcasting: Cyber Folktales at the Digital Campfire Thumbnail

Horror Podcasting: Cyber Folktales at the Digital Campfire

Posted by Danielle Hancock on April 09, 2015 in Blog, Danielle Hancock tagged with , , , , ,

This is a blogpost about precisely what it cannot provide - a sense of sound, tone and rhythm; a lone voice to be shared with a group. So, for a moment, try to forget the page.   And listen with me.   Chords are struck on a banjo, a low voice tells a homespun tale, short but enthralling in its horror and simplicity; they assure us that this story is absolutely, one-hundred percent true, that it really happened to the teller, or his friend, or his friend’s friend; at the story’s close, those banjo notes return, alongside the invitation to tell your own creepy story, to listene