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Review: Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen

Posted by Maria Cohut on March 14, 2015 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , ,

  Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen by Chris Riddell Macmillan 2015 ISBN-10: 1447282477 ISBN-13: 978-1447282471 Written and published on the occasion of this year's World Book Day, Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen is Chris Riddell's newest installment in the 'Goth Girl' children's series, following Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death. Unlike the previous two books, this one is considerably shorter, and also not nearly as stunning as an object: while Riddell's complex and lighthearted illustrations still provide enough for the gluttono

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Scary Tales event January 17th at the British Library

Posted by Stephanie Bryant on March 10, 2015 in Guest Blog, Steph Bryant, Uncategorized tagged with , , , ,

I stumbled across this event quite by accident; my initial reason for visiting was to see the Terror and Wonder exhibition being held there. At £5 I couldn’t grumble and one of my favourite authors (Chris Priestly) would be there. Taken from the British Library web page, the event was advertised as a ‘special event for young adults and older children, meet some of the most brilliant creators of Gothic and nightmarish stories’. I was intrigued. I glanced around the auditorium and saw that over 90% of the audience was adults ranging from educators, parents and students. There was a d

Gothic Sunshine: Spanish film and the creep factor of the full light of day Thumbnail

Gothic Sunshine: Spanish film and the creep factor of the full light of day

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 06, 2015 in Blog tagged with ,

By Ann Davies, University of Stirling The Gothic mode is noted for its chill factor – and is therefore unsurprisingly antithetical to sunlight. Among the many familiar characteristics of Gothic style are greyness, mist and cold: when the sun does appear it is often labelled weak or sickly, countering the usual association of the sun with warmth and health and suggesting a malaise in the environment in which the story is set. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that nowadays the Gothic is not readily associated with Spain, which suffers from its own clichés, notably being over-endowed with su

Review by Danel Olson: The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence. Thumbnail

Review by Danel Olson: The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence.

Posted by Dale Townshend on March 02, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

The American Imperial Gothic: Popular Culture, Empire, Violence by Johan Hoglund (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2014). 211pp. ISBN 9781409449546, hardback. Reviewed by Danel Olson Coming one year after his impressive anthology edited with Tabish Khair Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood (Palgrave, 2013) (which featured new chapters from thirteen Gothic authorities from around the world—and a poem from David Punter), Swedish scholar Johan Hoglund’s latest volume narrows its focus from the world to America in eleven enlightening chapters. As with his former co-edited tit

REVIEW:  Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers  By Michael McCarty, Crystal Lake Publishing Thumbnail

REVIEW: Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers By Michael McCarty, Crystal Lake Publishing

Posted by Tanja Jurković on March 01, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , ,

  We all grew up eagerly absorbing the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter and the likes, allowing their words and actions to shape our lives, and our character. They all taught us to appreciate literature, film and art in any other form. We witnessed the birth of the dark and the weird, and we realized that our nightmares can come to life and haunt us through novels, short stories, feature films and representations on the big screen. Modern Mythmakers is a thorough account of life’s works of some of the most famous and legendary writers, directors and actors

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Review: Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 24, 2015 in Reviews tagged with

Moonrise Falling, by Adrian L. Jawort (Billing: Off the Pass Press, 2014) Reviewed by Dr Gennie Dyson The character of the vampire has been used to highlight societal problems since the nineteenth century; during this period, vampires mirrored the fear of the degenerate and the sexual deviant; in the 1980s they became harbingers of plague in a reflection of fears regarding H.I.V and A.I.D.S. The vampire has also been used as a tool to discuss matters of race and prejudice, such as The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez, concerns close to the heart of Adrian L. Jawort’s Moonrise Falling, focu

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Varney – the Forgotten Vampire

Posted by Matt Foley on February 19, 2015 in Blog tagged with , ,

Varney – the Forgotten Vampire By Lauren Owen, Durham University Who is Varney? He is rather overshadowed by other pre-Dracula vampires like Lord Ruthven, the Byronic villain of Polidori’s short story “The Vampyre” (1819), or Carmilla, the dangerously seductive anti-heroine of LeFanu’s 1872 novella of the same name. Varney, the Vampyre was a long-running serial probably written by James Malcolm Rymer between 1845 and 1847. (The work was also associated with Thomas Preskett Prest, who is credited with the authorship of The String of Pearls, the novel which introduced the vill

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CFP: Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities Conference

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 18, 2015 in News tagged with

Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities An AHRC-Funded Interdisciplinary Conference University of Stirling Saturday 5th December 2015 First Call for Papers The organisers of this one-day multidisciplinary conference seek to solicit proposals for 20-minute papers that consider the creation, expression and representation of architecture, architectural space and the built environment from students and scholars working within all subject-areas across the Arts and Humanities. Papers should seek to address the creation, understanding, circulation and cultural impact of both real

CFP: Sonic Horror

Posted by Matt Foley on February 14, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with , ,

CFP: Sonic Horror “Shh—was that a voice?” Sound is arguably one of the most fear-provoking aspects of horror. Ghost stories and horror films employ sonic tropes such as creaking floor boards, sudden loud thumps, or ephemeral children’s choirs in order to enhance suspense through the evocation of unseen terror. “The spectre of sound”, as Kevin Donnelly has called it, creeps up on us dorsally, evading the relative comfort of visual recognition. Sonic horror tropes have also been used to imbue other genres, such as musical theatre and popular music, with elements of horror. Whether

Review: The Night of the Zombie, The Circus of Horrors, Albert Halls, Stirling, February 1st, 2015 Thumbnail

Review: The Night of the Zombie, The Circus of Horrors, Albert Halls, Stirling, February 1st, 2015

Posted by Tanja Jurković on February 13, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , ,

  The lights inside the venue suddenly went out. Darkness was holding each and every member of the audience in its strong grip. Vague shapes on the dark stage started to move, accompanied by unfamiliar noises that caused shivers going down my spine. All of a sudden a deep, howling and ominous voice started telling the story of terror that is about to happen in front of our eyes, the story of “a decrepit corpse ridden London, plagued by Zombies, a city ruled by the undead and climaxing in an awesome flaming apocalypse”. The Night of the Zombie has begun. Set in 2020, “the story