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FREE GOTHIC MOOC: Reminder

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 19, 2016 in News tagged with

Remember to register before 29 February. For registration details, watch the trailer here.

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Maternal Community and Paternal Abandonment in Faulkner and Morrison

Posted by Ann Bradley on February 18, 2016 in Ann Bradley, Blog tagged with , , , ,

If trauma is not dealt with, recognized and communicated, then it has the potential to haunt the sufferer in the form of flashbacks. Absalom, Absalom! and Beloved go a step further than flashbacks. The individuals are haunted by living manifestations of their trauma. If those ghosts are to be exorcised however, it stands to reason that they would still need to be talked through, which requires a receptive community. The people who surround Sethe and Sutpen respectively have just as much to do with the end of the novel as the ghosts do. Their reactions to the spectres and the haunted det

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‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness’: Pictures

Posted by Matt Foley on February 13, 2016 in Blog, McGrath Symposium, News tagged with , , , ,

We're delighted to reproduce, here, some images from the recent symposium at University of Stirling, 'Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries'. Many thanks to all of the delegates who attended and, in this instance in particular, to Tanja Jurkovic for her professional photography. Some of the papers from the day were recorded and these will be re-produced in a later post! The conference was generously supported by both The International Gothic Association and The Wellcome Trust.         &

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In the Ranks of the Menacing: An interview with Rick Hudson (Part 1)

Posted by Catherine Wild on February 12, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

In the Ranks of the Menacing: An interview with Rick Hudson (Part 1) Catherine Wild – University of Winchester   I begin to accept this, as a novelist, I belong to the ranks of the menacing.                                                                                     - Anthony Burgess   The English novelist and short story writer Rick Hudson is recognised as occupying an unusual position as a writer in that his work is located in the strange liminal territory between contemporary literatur

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Beloved and Charles Bon: Excess and Absence

Posted by Ann Bradley on February 11, 2016 in Ann Bradley, Blog tagged with , , , ,

The horrors that William Faulkner depicts in his novel, Absalom, Absalom! are general, pointing to a the fact that the South is built by the labour and death of women and slaves. This terrible mode of construction haunts the characters of the novel. Morrison’s work illustrates this same awful truth. “Beloved pictures American history as a haunted house, from which slavery’s legacy of grief and horror cannot be exorcised. The United States, as many American Gothic texts argue, is built on economic exploitation and racial terror” (Goddu 63-64). Unlike Absalom, Beloved focuses on the trau

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World Vampire Congress

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on February 09, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

CALL FOR PAPERS For the World Vampire Congress 2016, part of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. See BSIFF on Facebook for details.

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New titles in Auteur Press’ _Devil’s Advocates_ series

Posted by Matt Foley on February 09, 2016 in Blog, News tagged with , , ,

Suspiria (Devil’s Advocates) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Paperback / Price: £9.99 / ISBN: 978-0-9932384-7-5 Extent: 110pp / Publication: February 2016 As one of the most globally recognisable instances of 20th century Eurohorror, Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1976) is poetic, chaotic and intriguing. The cult reputation of Argento’s baroque nightmare is reflected in the critical praise it continues to receive 40 years after its original release, and it appears regularly on lists of the greatest horror films ever. For fans and critics alike, Suspiria is as mesmerising as it is impe

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Gaston de Blondeville – Review

Posted by Holly Hirst on February 05, 2016 in Blog, Holly Hirst, Reviews tagged with , , ,

  Gaston de Blondeville (1826) was the last of Radcliffe’s novels and remains, arguably,  the least famous.  It was allowed to slip quietly and quickly into obscurity at the time and has never since emerged. It is not hard to see why. The lengthy descriptions of natural situations in her earlier work, however they may pall on the modern reader, were regarded by many of her contemporaries as the apotheosis of the pathetic art of producing the sublime.  Not so the equally long, and infinitely more tedious, descriptions of court life with which they are replaced in this last work. Th

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Southern Gothic: A Traumatic Haunting

Posted by Ann Bradley on February 05, 2016 in Ann Bradley, Blog tagged with , , , ,

Gothic literature in all of its permutations connects with the anxieties of the time, reflecting fears in the form of haunting. Southern Gothic is no exception. Just as traditional Gothic texts point out hypocrisies of religious systems or the like, American Gothic novels note the injustices of the region in which they are set. “The old antebellum South was nothing but myth, and its narrative of a supposedly halcyon past concealed all manner of social, familial and of course racial denials and suppressions […] Southern Gothic set to work by exposing their abuses and silences” (Walsh

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The Prosthetic Work of Horror: by Kate Griffiths

Posted by Matt Foley on February 05, 2016 in Blog, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , ,

The Prosthetic Work of Horror A Guest Blog by make-up artist Kate Griffiths There are some graphic images in this post, but they are all make-ups!   So I’ve been asked to write a blog for you guys and, drugs although I write a regular blog for my own site letting readers know what I’ve been up to, I have no idea what you’d like to see on here so I’m just going to go ahead and introduce myself, tell you a little bit of what I do for a living and we’ll take it from there, but first, just to whet your appetite, here’s something I made in my kitchen earlier just for a bit o