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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

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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

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Critifiction, or the Status of Experimental Gothic: Part Two

Posted by Neil McRobert on November 25, 2014 in Blog, Guest Blog, News tagged with , , , , , , , ,

In my last post I suggested that the dominion of postmodernism had passed. The deconstructive impulse pursued so earnestly in the ‘new’ fiction of the 60s and 70s, and which re-emerged as parody in the 1990s, seems to have dwindled in the face of a resurgent narrative conservatism. However, this being a Gothic-centric forum, my attention remains focused on the particular status of that genre/mode in the contemporary literary climate. And, unsurprisingly, the Gothic once more resists easy generalisation. Yes, it can be claimed—and that claim supported with a multitude of texts—that G

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Review: Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death

Posted by Chloe Buckley on November 24, 2014 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death by Chris Riddell Macmillan 2014 ISBN-10: 0230759823 ISBN-13: 978-0230759824   Last year, I was delighted to review Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, winner of the 2013 Costa Children’s book award. Ghost of a Mouse eschewed the ‘hard issues’ normally associated with award-winning children’s fiction, providing a delightful and witty rewriting of classic gothic tropes. The sequel, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death, published earlier this year, takes the reader even further away from serious fare, with

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A Defence of Serial: The Insistence of Trauma and the Presumption of Innocence

Posted by Liam Dodds on November 22, 2014 in Blog tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

So, initially I had an opening paragraph that offered a brief outline of Serial, the true-crime podcast phenomenon. But, after peak-pizza, then peak-beard, the internet has quickly reached peak-Serial, and since we now have backlash-backlash, an opening paragraph that described a podcast that has registered five-million downloads and a million “#Serial with cereal” tweets, seemed a little, well, redundant. All I know is this. One Sunday morning, I fell into the trust of investigator and confidant, Sarah Koenig, as she led me by the hand through the trials and tribulations of her invest

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Review: Romanticism, Memory and Mourning

Posted by Carly Stevenson on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

 Romanticism, Memory and Mourning by Durham University's Dr Mark Sandy is a detailed study of how the major Romantic poets (and a selection of their ‘post-Romantic’ heirs) respond to ideas of grief, loss and death on both a personal and a public level. Within a critical framework of Nietzchean philosophy, Sandy interrogates the interplay between consolation and disconsolation in the grieving, fragmentary Romantic subject, whose fears about the finality of death (and the desire to overcome this mortal restraint) permeate their poetry, often to the point of obsession. Sandy’s thought-