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New Publication – Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 26, 2015 in News tagged with

Ann Radcliffe’s Observations during a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland, edited by Penny Bradshaw (Bookcase: Carlisle, 2014). In 1794 the Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe, set out on a tour of the Lake District and the following year she published an account of her experience as Observations during a Tour to the Lakes. This account of the Lakes is shaped by Radcliffe’s distinctive literary style and imaginative perspectives as well as by the turbulent political climate of these years, and represents an important stepping-stone in the journey from pictu

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CFP: Re-Imagining the Gothic

Posted by Matt Foley on March 22, 2015 in News tagged with , , ,

Call for Papers Sheffield Gothic would like to announce an interdisciplinary showcasing event and symposium on the theme of Re-Imagining the Gothic. We aim to explore how the Gothic can be re-read, re-analysed, and re-imagined through interdisciplinary methods. The event will take place on 9 May 2015, and will comprise of a symposium featuring papers on this topic, followed by an exhibition of creative projects. There will also be a public lecture given by Lynn Shepherd. We are inviting the submission of abstracts for either a paper or a creative project. Abstracts should be no more

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Review: The Gothic Child (The Palgrave Gothic Series)

Posted by Donna Mitchell on March 20, 2015 in Blog, Donna Mitchell, Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

The Gothic Child. By Margarita Georgieva. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-137-30606-7 Reviewed by Donna Mitchell  The Gothic Child offers a thoughtful and comprehensive discussion on the child in gothic literature using the genre’s treatment of this figure as an idea, concept, and/or memory within a text, as captured in Georgieva’s claim that ‘[t]he gothic world is, in fact, the world of childhood’ (Georgieva 60). Georgieva discusses the typical portrait and nature of the gothic child and traces its development both structurally and thematically by initially co

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Review: Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease edited by Joel Lane and Tom Johnstone (Whitby: Gray Friar Press, 2014). 247pp. ISBN 978-1-906331-46-7, paperback.

Posted by Benjamin E. Noad on March 16, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

Imaginatively brilliant and hauntingly provocative, this collection of weird tales harbours a ruthless critique of the seemingly absent dialectic in mainstream political dialogues: where can we locate an ethical dimension in today’s climate of austerity, as financial crisis and corporate greed impose devastating welfare cuts upon so many? The lurid excesses encountered in these horror fictions counteract institutional corruption on various levels, revealing a climate of hardships that cannot be obfuscated by the tabloid sensationalised scapegoating of migrant workers and benefit claimant

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Review: Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen

Posted by Maria Cohut on March 14, 2015 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

  Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen by Chris Riddell Macmillan 2015 ISBN-10: 1447282477 ISBN-13: 978-1447282471 Written and published on the occasion of this year's World Book Day, Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen is Chris Riddell's newest installment in the 'Goth Girl' children's series, following Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death. Unlike the previous two books, this one is considerably shorter, and also not nearly as stunning as an object: while Riddell's complex and lighthearted illustrations still provide enough for the gluttono

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Scary Tales event January 17th at the British Library

Posted by Stephanie Bryant on March 10, 2015 in Guest Blog, Steph Bryant, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

I stumbled across this event quite by accident; my initial reason for visiting was to see the Terror and Wonder exhibition being held there. At £5 I couldn’t grumble and one of my favourite authors (Chris Priestly) would be there. Taken from the British Library web page, the event was advertised as a ‘special event for young adults and older children, meet some of the most brilliant creators of Gothic and nightmarish stories’. I was intrigued. I glanced around the auditorium and saw that over 90% of the audience was adults ranging from educators, parents and students. There was a dis

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Gothic Sunshine: Spanish film and the creep factor of the full light of day

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 06, 2015 in Blog tagged with ,

By Ann Davies, University of Stirling The Gothic mode is noted for its chill factor – and is therefore unsurprisingly antithetical to sunlight. Among the many familiar characteristics of Gothic style are greyness, mist and cold: when the sun does appear it is often labelled weak or sickly, countering the usual association of the sun with warmth and health and suggesting a malaise in the environment in which the story is set. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that nowadays the Gothic is not readily associated with Spain, which suffers from its own clichés, notably being over-endowed with su

Review by Danel Olson: The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence. Thumbnail

Review by Danel Olson: The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence.

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 02, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence by Johan Hoglund (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2014). 211pp. ISBN 9781409449546, hardback. Reviewed by Danel Olson Coming one year after his impressive anthology edited with Tabish Khair Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood (Palgrave, 2013) (which featured new chapters from thirteen Gothic authorities from around the world—and a poem from David Punter), Swedish scholar Johan Hoglund’s latest volume narrows its focus from the world to America in eleven enlightening chapters. As with his former co-edited t

REVIEW:  Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers  By Michael McCarty, Crystal Lake Publishing Thumbnail

REVIEW: Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers By Michael McCarty, Crystal Lake Publishing

Posted by Tanja Jurković on March 01, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , ,

  We all grew up eagerly absorbing the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter and the likes, allowing their words and actions to shape our lives, and our character. They all taught us to appreciate literature, film and art in any other form. We witnessed the birth of the dark and the weird, and we realized that our nightmares can come to life and haunt us through novels, short stories, feature films and representations on the big screen. Modern Mythmakers is a thorough account of life’s works of some of the most famous and legendary writers, directors and actors

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Review: Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 24, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort (Billing: Off the Pass Press, 2014) Reviewed by Dr Gennie Dyson The character of the vampire has been used to highlight societal problems since the nineteenth century; during this period, vampires mirrored the fear of the degenerate and the sexual deviant; in the 1980s they became harbingers of plague in a reflection of fears regarding H.I.V and A.I.D.S. The vampire has also been used as a tool to discuss matters of race and prejudice, such as The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez, concerns close to the heart of Adrian L. Jawort’s Moonrise Falling, focu