Archive of jessicageorge

has written 4 articles on The Gothic Imagination.

I'm Jess. I've just submitted my PhD thesis, '"Deadly Light": Machen, Lovecraft, and Evolutionary Theory' at Cardiff University. I'm a writer as well as a researcher of weird tales, and I'll be guest-blogging during October in my capacity as a contributor to the Hic Dragones anthology, Impossible Spaces (more info here: http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/news/press-release-impossible-spaces-anthology-now-available/).

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Impossible Spaces: Finding Their Way to the Queen of Fairyland

Posted by jessicageorge on October 27, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

As the stories in Impossible Spaces illustrate—from the claustrophobic, role-switching psychodrama of Daisy Black’s ‘The Carrier’ to Douglas Thompson’s exploration of split selves, ‘Multiplicity’—one of the most interesting aspects of impossible spaces in fiction is the transformation they may occasion in those who inhabit or journey between them. In the third of my Impossible Spaces blog tour posts, I’m going to talk about an impossible space which will always leave the traveller irrevocably changed: fairyland. The same goes for fairy rings, fairy mounds, or any of the ot

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Impossible Spaces: Horror Suburbs and New Towns

Posted by jessicageorge on October 16, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

In the second of my Impossible Spaces blog tour posts, I’m going to talk about horror suburbs, and about the kind of urban space that inspired my contribution to the anthology—‘New Town’. In his A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley describes the oft-expressed distaste for New Towns thus: Apparently, we all know what that ['New Town'] means—towns full of eyesores, concrete cows and unsightly proletarians, bereft of the ‘heritage’ that so obsesses the British psyche.1 Class snobbery probably does have something to do with it, but it’s the idea of ‘heritag

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Impossible Spaces: Innsmouth

Posted by jessicageorge on October 09, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

As this month’s Impossible Spaces blogger, I’m going to discuss the use of place—and of the transitions and spaces between places—in some of the Gothic fictions that interest me most. In the first of my blog tour posts, I talk about a literary place to which there is rather more than first meets the eye: H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional New England port, Innsmouth.