Review: Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition Thumbnail

Review: Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition

Posted by Alexandra Campbell on February 06, 2015 in Alexandra Campbell tagged with , , , , , , ,

Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition  By Timothy Baker  In 2001 Edinburgh University’s Polygon Press released a collection of short stories entitled Damage Land: New Scottish Gothic Fiction, bringing together stories from influential writers such as Ali Smith, Jackie Kay, John Burnside and Janice Galloway. Published barely three years after the establishment of a devolved Scottish Parliament in 1998 and appearing in the first breaths of the new millennium, the collection has been key in highlighting the pervasive nature of Gothic creative writing in Scotlan

Review: Richard Nowell (ed.) Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema Thumbnail

Review: Richard Nowell (ed.) Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema

Posted by Matt Foley on February 04, 2015 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , ,

Merchants of Menace: the Business of Horror Cinema. Edited by Richard Nowell New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-6235-6420-9 Reviewed by Ann Davies Richard Nowell’s introduction to this collection of essays is subtitled ‘There’s Gold in Them There Chills’, a phrase which summarises the common thread that unites the essays: the Gothic and horror as industry and money-making opportunity. This reflects the increasing academic interest in film production and industry more widely in Film Studies, but is in any case a different approach from the usual tendency to analyse horror fil

Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Sept 3rd-5th 2015: Call for Papers and Panels Thumbnail

Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Sept 3rd-5th 2015: Call for Papers and Panels

Posted by Matt Foley on January 29, 2015 in Blog, News tagged with ,

Open Graves, Open Minds: ‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans   Wolves have long been the archetypal enemy of human company, preying on the unguarded boundaries of civilisation, threatening the pastoral of ideal sociality and figuring as sexual predators. Yet, in their way, with their complex pack interactions, they have served as a model for society. Lately, this ancient enemy has been rehabilitated and reappraised, and rewilding projects have attempted to admit them mo

Final Call for Nominations: Allan LLoyd Smith Prize Thumbnail

Final Call for Nominations: Allan LLoyd Smith Prize

Posted by Matt Foley on January 28, 2015 in News tagged with ,

The Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize for Gothic Criticism 2015 Reminder: Call for nominations by February 1st.   In 2011, as a memorial to its founding President Dr Allan Lloyd Smith (1945-2010), the International Gothic Association established a prize to be awarded for a scholarly publication considered to have advanced the field of Gothic studies significantly. For the 2015 incarnation of the award we are delighted to announce that there will be two Prizes of £100 each: one for a standout monograph published on the Gothic over the last two years, and another for an edited collection

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Sky’s Penny Dreadful and the Victorian Theatre

Posted by Sarah A. Winter on January 21, 2015 in Blog, Sarah Winter tagged with , , , , ,

(Some plot spoilers!) The launch of Sky’s Penny Dreadful in 2014 was greeted with an overwhelmingly positive response. Bringing together famous characters from canonical Gothic texts such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), along with referencing some penny dreadful tales, the writers conveyed original aspects of the narratives, and also added experimental twists by intrepidly weaving in new characters and amendments to the texts’ plots. The concoction of explicit scene

A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination Thumbnail

A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Kelly Gardner on January 16, 2015 in Reviews, Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

On the 5th December 2014, a group of Stirling’s Gothic students began a voyage of macabre delight. Journeying to the British Library for a Goth-infused weekend that included an evening of Gothic Tales, the Gothic Study Day, and of course, the Terror and Wonder Exhibition. This post serves as a collaborative review of the experience. Our heartfelt thanks go to the University of Stirling’s Professor Douglas Brodie and Dr Dale Townshend for making the trip a possibility. An introduction by Sonja Zimmermann and Marina Pérez: In the autumn and winter of 2014, a year that marks the 250th

A Room with a View, Here by Richard McGuire Thumbnail

A Room with a View, Here by Richard McGuire

Posted by Liam Dodds on January 06, 2015 in Reviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

My favourite series of panels in Richard McGuire’s Here begins with a double-page feature of 1973 wherein a young woman in a grey, layered t-shirt sets up a projector screen over the course of ten double-pages. Her pale feet graze the fringes of a recognisably Seventies-pile carpet, a geometric-print curtain frames a window in the room that portrays a young couple, an artist and his muse, settling onto an azure field of 1840’s New Jersey, while in 1953 a disembodied male voice proclaims that “when you smell something you are actually inhaling modules that have detached themselves from w

2014: A (Subjective) Year in Horror Thumbnail

2014: A (Subjective) Year in Horror

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 26, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with

This year has been an impressive one for independent horror film, and the recent release of Xavier Aldana Reyes’ already essential Body Gothic: Corporeal Transgression in Contemporary Literature and Horror Film provides the perfect excuse to indulge in a wholly subjective 2014 horror best-of list. If there has been one formal quality that unites the year’s best horror films, it is the return of colour: bright, aggressive, joyful colour. Coincidence or conscious movement, 2014 saw a number of filmmakers seemingly drunk on the legacy of Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece, Suspiria. This

Have Yourself a Very Scary Christmas… Thumbnail

Have Yourself a Very Scary Christmas…

Posted by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on December 16, 2014 in Guest Blog tagged with

Growing up in Australia, my childhood memories of Christmas are dominated by a pervasive sense of heat. While I envy a climate more suited to turkey-and-pudding eating, it is the Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories that I covet most of all. While we in Australia have bewilderingly embraced the whole snow thing, this more climate-appropriate, supernaturally-themed tradition has no real legacy here today beyond the ubiquitous television reruns of Diet Dickens. It is in this spirit that I wish to share some of my favourite Christmas movies of an altogether darker nature, but blog r

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Symposium – Helen Oyeyemi

Posted by Chloe Buckley on December 11, 2014 in News tagged with , , ,

Symposium on Helen Oyeyemi Teeside University, 18th February, 2015 For those of you interested in contemporary gothic, feminism, and postcolonial gothic - a Symposium on the work of British-Nigerian author, Helen Oyeyemi - author of White is for Witching, Mr Fox, The Icarus Girl, The Opposite House and Boy Snow Bird  - is being held at Teeside University, 18th February 2015. See attached poster for details and registration information. Oyeyemi is one of the most innovative and exciting writers of contemporary gothic fiction and this symposium brings together a number of leading schol