2014 February

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Jokerbats: Goth Music with a Parodic Twist

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 28, 2014 in News tagged with ,

Byron and Trix make up the band ‘Jokerbats’ – like the White Stripes of hard rock. Their new single ‘Vampire’ is due for release on the 24th February and can be previewed below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s5DnwlzNbQ&feature=youtu.be Website. But before you listen, you should be introduced into their world as it’s not for the faint hearted... Welcome to EvilZgate, a fictional land of castles, heavy mists and dark mystery fraught by warfare between the evil ‘Demoncock Corporation’ who aim to monopolise the music market with heartless talent shows fighting the no

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Through the Looking-Screen

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 28, 2014 in Blog, Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

My perception of screens (movie, television, phone, etc.) has changed considerably since the beginning of the new millennium. After watching the Japanese film Ringu (1999) by Hideo Nakata, the TV screen ceased to be merely the reflective surface of a familiar machine; it became a portal through which communication between the world of the living and the dead was possible. Although I had been an avid consumer of horror films since I was a little kid, movies such as the excellent Poltergeist (1982) by Tobe Hooper or Videodrome (1983) by David Cronenberg —films in which the screen also becomes

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(New) Land(s) of the Dead

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 24, 2014 in Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

Cubans can be proud of their cigars, the rhythm of their son, and, most recently, for cultivating the first (and probably only) zombie-killing delivery system, with services provided by a troupe of four ne’er-do-wells under the command of the eponymous Juan. These particular sets of characters give body to the movie Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead 2011) by Alejandro Brugués, marking the Cuban debut into zombie cinematography and geography. This movie – like other Latin American films such as Vampires in Habana (1985 by Juan Padrón) and Celestino and the vampire (2003 by Radamés S

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Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays, edited by Jarlath Killeen.

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 20, 2014 in News tagged with

Bram Stoker Centenary essays Jarlath Killeen, editorDespite his vampire creation, Dracula, being world-famous, and in spite of a host of academic studies of the novel in which this vampire first appeared, Stoker himself remains a figure shrouded in darkness, and his other writings are virtually unknown and ignored. This collection addresses this large gap. The main aim of the collection is to read Stoker in the round, expanding the critical focus away from an exclusive obsession with Dracula and taking account of the full extent of Stoker’s writing, from his other Gothic novels, The la

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The Ghosts of Emily Gray

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 18, 2014 in News tagged with

Author and artist C. Keith Carpenter has just published his new paranormal novel, The Ghosts of Emily Gray. The story follows Erin, the surviving identical twin of Emily who was tragically killed exactly one year ago. Multiple apparitions of the dead teen simultaneously haunt the family while Erin tries to cope with the guilt of Emily’s death, haunting visions, a jilted ex-boyfriend who taps into supernatural forces to enact revenge, and a family that is quickly disintegrating. Having made a break with the occult underworld, Erin struggles with her own identity as a person while dating

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CFP: Trans-National Gothic, 1764-1831.

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 17, 2014 in News tagged with

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature: a special issue on Trans-national Gothic, 1764-1831 The notion of ‘Gothic’ presently witnesses, in literary and cultural studies, at least a double acceptation: on the one hand, it may refer to single national (and eminently British) literary experiences, normally located within the time-span between Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) and the final edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1831); on the other, it may be used as a broad and all-encompassing critical category (and even the label for sub-cultures

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Review: Goth Girl and the Ghost of A Mouse

Posted by Chloe Buckley on February 14, 2014 in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell Publisher: Macmillan (Sep 2013) ISBN-10: 0230759807 ISBN-13: 978-0230759800 Review by Chloe Buckley Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a beautiful and wonderfully silly book. I confess: it is one of the most enjoyable books that I have read for some time. However, beyond my immediate response as a newly converted Chris Riddell fan, I would argue that the pleasures offered by Goth Girl are timely and pertinent in terms of understanding why contemporary children’s gothic continues to flourish as a popular and literary form. The succes

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Of Monsters and Accents

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 12, 2014 in Blog, Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

  Before my arrival in the United States I had never paid that much attention to the accent of Count von Count, Sesame Street’s cuddly number-obsessed vampire. It was only after I heard the English-speaking version, with his thick Bela Lugosi-inspired accent, that I realized that the dubbed Count that I watched as a kid also had a vaguely Eastern European accent. Despite this blatant oversight I never doubted that the sympathetic vampire came from some remote Transylvanian corner. This is one of any reader’s first certainties regarding vampire stories: they—along with many ot

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Vampyres Film: Update

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

We are so thrilled to announce that our crowd-funding site and movie site (unanimous) are now live here! We had our private launch February 8th, here in Austin, Texas and were welcomed with such positive responses! We now want to share this all with you and and for all those vampire and Gothic enthusiasts around the world we hope to connect with! Please take a moment to browse our site and view our teaser/pitch video for "Vampyres". We hope you will especially appreciate our subtle inclusion of a thistle theme in one of our Tshirt designs of a vampire skull to hint at the direction that

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Gothic in the Tropics

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 04, 2014 in Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

Don Roberto Hurtado seems like a sweet, pilule kindly old man. Lying peacefully in his hospital bed and exchanging pleasantries with nurses and nuns, he appears to be the very embodiment of innocence and vulnerability. But us viewers know better: he is—besides being one of the central characters in director Luis Ospina’s 1982 Colombian horror film Pura sangre (Pure Blood)—a vampire, both in the literal, blood-sucking sense, as well as the kind of metaphorical vampire that exploits his workers, bleeding them dry as he goes about his duties as the owner of a sugar plantation in the Colomb