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After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film, by Alison Peirse.

Posted by Dale Townshend on December 02, 2013 in Reviews tagged with

After Dracula: The 1930s Horror FilmBy Alison Peirse London and New York: I.B Taurus (2013) ISBN: 978 I 84885 53I I Reviewed by Glenn Ward Histories of horror cinema habitually measure genre films of the 1930s against the output of Hollywood’s Universal Pictures. While the influence of silent German Expressionist works such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) is acknowledged, interwar horror is said to belong almost entirely to Universal. Beginning with Dracula (Tod Browning, 1931), this studio’s products have come to define the canon and dominate the history. As her ti

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Steve Jones, ‘Torture Porn’, reviewed by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on November 25, 2013 in Reviews tagged with , , ,

Steve Jones, Torture Porn: Popular Horror after Saw (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) When I started researching my doctoral thesis, which would include an extensive chapter on the workings of affect in torture porn, there was hardly any secondary material available on this recent horror subgenre. Later, as I started talking to colleagues and friends about my research, I was often asked why I had chosen such a grisly and bleak topic of study. There was even one particular instance where an academic challenged the cultural value of films such as Saw (James Wan, 2004)

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Animal Horror / Animal Gothic Film: CFP

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 14, 2013 in News tagged with

Animal Horror/Animal Gothic Film We invite proposals for the first book-length collection that explores the confrontation between the human and the animal in horror, gothic and survival film. From Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) via The Edge (1997) to Piranha 3D (2010), animal horror has charted the transformation of the domestic to the monstrous and uncanny, told stories of invasion and counter-invasion, collapsed and erected sexual and racial borders and explored the increasingly fraught relationship between human culture, human society and nature/Nature. We are interested in contributio

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Dare You? new anthology challenges notions of children’s gothic [Review]

Posted by Chloe Buckley on November 12, 2013 in News, Reviews tagged with , , , , , ,

Dare You: A Gothic Anthology by gifted young writers Edited by Charlotte Cubitt Publisher: RPA Young Publishers (Aug 2013) ISBN-10:0957698100 ISBN-13:978-0957698109 Review by Chloe Buckley Since its inception, gothic fiction has been at the heart of a debate about what is and isn’t appropriate reading material for the young. Even the earliest gothic novels were subject to plenty of criticism for exposing impressionable readers to the worst kind of vices and excess. In recent years, some of the terms in this debate have changed, but, as Dr. Catherine Spooner recently pointed

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CFP: Guillermo del Toro

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 11, 2013 in News tagged with ,

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most interesting people currently involved in genre in its various expressions. He is an artist who embodies his art that comes as a result of his creative passions and deep reflection. One of the elements that make him so interesting is critical reflection on various elements that contribute to his approach at bringing genre to life. This includes his interests in monsters, myth, archetype, metaphor, Carl Jung, the paranormal, and even religion in the form of reactions against his Catholic upbringing. This volume will explore these and other facets that info

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Exotic Gothic 4 Winner of World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

Posted by Dale Townshend on November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized tagged with

On 3 November 2013, PS Publishing’s Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4 won this year’s World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. The Gothic Imagination asked the anthology’s editor of new fiction, University of Stirling research postgraduate Danel Olson, how he chose the stories that went in. DO: Selection for this volume of twenty-five original neo-Gothic stories rested on five factors. First, I wanted to feature more voices that had never appeared in the series before, along with new countries as settings. Beyond that, I wanted more women to enter the series, because study af

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Impossible Spaces, Impossible Authors

Posted by jessicageorge on October 30, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

For my last Impossible Spaces blog tour post this month, I’m going to go back to something Tracy Fahey touched on in one of her Gothic Intersections posts: the idea of dissolving boundaries between selves, and particularly authorial selves.

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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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New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, Reviewed by Rebecca McLean

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 22, 2013 in Reviews tagged with

New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories from Unlocking Press, edited by John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Cizakca, is an exciting and innovative collection of academic essays alongside creative pieces of writing. Pazdziora and Cizakca have organised the collection into five thematically based sections: Miniatures, Storytellers, Shadows and Reflections, Fairy Brides, and Fairy Tale Pedagogy. The structure of the book invites the reader to reassess their approach to creative writing and academic study of fairy tales by placing academic pieces alongside the new writing. This collection inspires the re

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Gothic Manchester Festival

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Convened by Dr Linnie Blake and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes October sees the launch of Manchester’s Centre for Gothic Studies – the first of its kind in England.  To celebrate the occasion we will be hosting a range of events and activities from the dark side – each designed to showcase Manchester’s Gothic dimensions during the week before Halloween (21st – 27th). The festival is part of the IHSSR’s wider research programme ‘Humanities in Public’, which starts in early October with a series of public lectures on Contemporary Gothic. There will be readings from Gothic writers,