In association with the Edinburgh Literary Festival, the Guardian has been putting out a series of podcasts. This one is of particular interest: Gothic Edinburgh.
Louise Welsh, whose work is rooted in Scotland’s murkier side, takes Xan Brooks on a gothic tour of Edinburgh, including the Surgeon’s Hall Museums and the catacombs beneath the city where legend has it plague victims were walled up. Meanwhile, back at the festival, Richard T Kelly and Kevin MacNeil talk about the different ways in which Stevenson’s classic influenced their new novels, and Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, set in the Florida Everglades, discuss a different type of gothic novel, drawing on the landscape and social and religious idiosyncrasies of America’s deep south
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