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Sky’s Penny Dreadful and the Victorian Theatre

Posted by Sarah A. Winter on January 21, 2015 in Blog, Sarah Winter tagged with , , , , ,

(Some plot spoilers!) The launch of Sky’s Penny Dreadful in 2014 was greeted with an overwhelmingly positive response. Bringing together famous characters from canonical Gothic texts such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), along with referencing some penny dreadful tales, the writers conveyed original aspects of the narratives, and also added experimental twists by intrepidly weaving in new characters and amendments to the texts’ plots. The concoction of explicit scene

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A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Kelly Gardner on January 16, 2015 in Reviews, Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

On the 5th December 2014, a group of Stirling’s Gothic students began a voyage of macabre delight. Journeying to the British Library for a Goth-infused weekend that included an evening of Gothic Tales, the Gothic Study Day, and of course, the Terror and Wonder Exhibition. This post serves as a collaborative review of the experience. Our heartfelt thanks go to the University of Stirling’s Professor Douglas Brodie and Dr Dale Townshend for making the trip a possibility. An introduction by Sonja Zimmermann and Marina Pérez: In the autumn and winter of 2014, a year that marks the 250th

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A Room with a View, Here by Richard McGuire

Posted by Liam Dodds on January 06, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

My favourite series of panels in Richard McGuire’s Here begins with a double-page feature of 1973 wherein a young woman in a grey, layered t-shirt sets up a projector screen over the course of ten double-pages. Her pale feet graze the fringes of a recognisably Seventies-pile carpet, a geometric-print curtain frames a window in the room that portrays a young couple, an artist and his muse, settling onto an azure field of 1840’s New Jersey, while in 1953 a disembodied male voice proclaims that “when you smell something you are actually inhaling modules that have detached themselves from w

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2014: A (Subjective) Year in Horror

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 26, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with

This year has been an impressive one for independent horror film, and the recent release of Xavier Aldana Reyes’ already essential Body Gothic: Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film provides the perfect excuse to indulge in a wholly subjective 2014 horror best-of list. If there has been one formal quality that unites the year’s best horror films, it is the return of colour: bright, aggressive, joyful colour. Coincidence or conscious movement, 2014 saw a number of filmmakers seemingly drunk on the legacy of Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece, Suspiria. This

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Have Yourself a Very Scary Christmas…

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 16, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with

Growing up in Australia, my childhood memories of Christmas are dominated by a pervasive sense of heat. While I envy a climate more suited to turkey-and-pudding eating, it is the Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories that I covet most of all. While we in Australia have bewilderingly embraced the whole snow thing, this more climate-appropriate, supernaturally-themed tradition has no real legacy here today beyond the ubiquitous television reruns of Diet Dickens. It is in this spirit that I wish to share some of my favourite Christmas movies of an altogether darker nature, but blog r

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Symposium – Helen Oyeyemi

Posted by Chloe Buckley on December 11, 2014 in News tagged with , , ,

Symposium on Helen Oyeyemi Teeside University, 18th February, 2015 For those of you interested in contemporary gothic, feminism, and postcolonial gothic - a Symposium on the work of British-Nigerian author, Helen Oyeyemi - author of White is for Witching, Mr Fox, The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House and Boy Snow Bird  - is being held at Teeside University, 18th February 2015. See attached poster for details and registration information. Oyeyemi is one of the most innovative and exciting writers of contemporary gothic fiction and this symposium brings together a number of leading schol

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A Review of Xavier Aldana Reyes’ Body Gothic (2014)

Posted by Rachey Taylor on December 10, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes of Manchester Metropolitan University published his first monograph, Body Gothic, this year. Hopefully, it is one of many more to come.   Having always had a fascination with the gothic body, it has been a pleasure to review a text that takes this concept and turns it on its head, providing a much-needed addition to existing scholarship on this topic. Aldana Reyes begins the text with a chapter on this very subject, pointing out the necessity to ‘reclaim the importance of the body to the gothic text’ (2). He considers man becoming fly, artificially con

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Gothic Textures in Found Footage Horror Film

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 07, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

“The Gothic”, Philip Brophy once wrote, “is attracted to decay like maggots to a corpse”. Having released a book earlier this year on found footage horror film, there’s a romance to Brophy’s quote that I can’t resist applying to the spectacular deterioration of the video image in this popular subgenre. The aesthetics of digital decay are so integral to this category that they have become a key element of its visual signature. This category runs the budget gamut, but whether it is authentically amateur or a big studio attempt at replicating amateur filmmaking aesthetics, there

Queensland Gothic: Richard Stanley’s ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ Thumbnail

Queensland Gothic: Richard Stanley’s ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 02, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with , , , , , ,

When Richard Stanley's Hardware briefly hit Australian cinemas in the early 1990s, my Goth best friend was beside herself. A cameo by Fields of the Nephilim front man Carl McCoy sent her into subculturally-induced conniptions. If I recall correctly, there were even discussions about lining up for tickets to a movie that frankly would have been lucky to get twenty people on a busy night in the small Australian city where we lived. Like many of us at our high school worst, I confess I lied when I pretended I knew who McCoy was. Desperate to impress my enigmatic, black-clad friend, I mimicked h

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Review: Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines

Posted by Alexandra Campbell on November 28, 2014 in Alexandra Campbell, Blog tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines By Aspasia Stephanou   Across the past two decades the classic Gothic figure of the Vampire has – despite their iconic solitary, elusive and secretive nature – hardly been out of the public eye since the release of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992. Since the early 1990s, Vampires of all shapes and leather-clad sizes have hit our small and big screens with varying levels of cult-pop impact: Interview with A Vampire (1994); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Series, 1997-2003); Blade Trilogy (1998-2004); Ultraviolet  (S