2012 October

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Sparkly Vampires: Strictly No Admittance

Posted by Chloe Buckley on October 31, 2012 in Interviews, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

“Young Adult Gothic” at Lancaster’s Litfest 17th October, 2012 The Gothic always features prominently at Lancaster’s annual literary festival, Litfest. The week-long festival features a series of workshops, lunchtime talks, lectures, readings and panel discussions, with Gothic titles and concerns often on the agenda. In addition to the usual variety of literary delights on offer, LitFest this year has been particularly interested in children’s fiction and have commissioned the young adult novella, Malkin Child by Livi Michael, to commemorate the four hundred year anniversary of

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Le Fanu Studies: Latest Issue Now Available Online

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 30, 2012 in News tagged with

The latest issue of the online journal, capsule Le Fanu Studies, cialis has been published.  A link to this stimulating collection of essays on Sheridan Le Fanu and his world can be found here.

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Gaming Creepypasta: ‘BEN, Drowned’ – the Haunting of Videogaming and Other Digital Spaces

Posted by Stuart Lindsay on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

The very nature of digital textuality always affords its re-writing and retroactive editing. Not only do its texts account for haunted spaces and happenings, it is itself the medium through which haunting occurs. Digital textuality – or code – is haunted metaphorically in that it encrypts the presence of other texts to conjure up their resources and display graphics or animation, and perhaps literally – as the ‘BEN, Drowned’ documents claim. Before explaining who or what BEN is, it’s necessary to outline the technical terms which describe Creepypasta and its supposedly paranormal subject.

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Hallowe’en Gothic Seminar at Stirling:Justin Edwards

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 25, 2012 in News tagged with

Professor Justin Edwards, of the University of Surrey, will be giving a paper entitled "Pop Goth and the Postcolonial Vampire" in Pathfoot E26 at 3:00 pm, 31 October.  Do come and join us for some Hallowe'en nastiness.

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Dark Shadows Blu-Ray and Blog App Give-Away

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 25, 2012 in News tagged with

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of Dark Shadows, out on DVD and Blu-Ray now; along with the Dark Shadows Blog App! From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic US television series!  Barnabas Collins has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover.  Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his family’s business!  With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more,

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Gothic on the Airwaves: Bloody Poetry, BBC Radio 4.

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 18, 2012 in News tagged with

Bloody Poetry, a play by Howard Brenton, is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 20th October 2012, from 2:30-4:00 pm. Brenton’s play has been adapted for radio, directed and produced by Alison Hindell.  The play is set in Switzerland in1816.  By the shores of Lake Geneva, during a thunderstorm, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, along with future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, her stepsister Claire Clairmont and Shelley's friend Lord Byron, come up with an intellectual contest that gives rise to the tale which was to become Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece Frankenstein. The radio-drama sta

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BBC Radio 4 Gothic Series: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 16, 2012 in News tagged with

BBC Radio 4 has collated and archived a number of the Gothic-related programmes that they've broadcast over the past while.  A link to the exciting collection of stories, interviews, readings and journalistic features, including Rebecca Lenkiewicz's retelling of Dracula as a radio-play, can be found here.  Other exciting inclusions include programmes on Frankenstein, viitality debates, Gothic architecture and Romantic poetry.

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Eighteenth-Century Gothic: A Special Issue of Gothic Studies

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 09, 2012 in News tagged with

Angela Wright's long-anticipated special issue of Gothic Studies is now available online.  The collection contains essays by Angela Wright, James Watt, Hamish Mathison, Dale Townshend, Jonathan Dent, Corinna Wagner and Diego Saglia.  For a preview of its contents, click here.

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Madrid Gothic Week

Posted by Glennis Byron on October 08, 2012 in News tagged with ,

Check out the very interesting programme for Madrid Gothic Week, covering art, literature, film, music and gothic culture, here: http://www.semanagoticademadrid.com/en/programa.html It's a great example of how academic work is being integrated into more popular cultural events. Twitter @Semanagotica Facebook https://www.facebook.com/semanagotica

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Jeffrey Weinstock, The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema, Reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 02, 2012 in Reviews tagged with

The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema is one of the latest additions to the Short Cuts series published by Wallflower. Weinstock’s book is a particularly welcome addition because, although areas as wide-ranging as Chinese cinema, British social realism or musicals have all been duly covered over the past decade, there have been no further contributions to the horror genre since Paul Wells’ volume in 2000. The Vampire Film is also a perfect companion to some recent excellent monographs like Alain Silver and James Ursini’s The Vampire Film: From Nosferatu to Interview with the Vampire (1997, upd