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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,

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CFP: International Gothic in the Neo-Liberal Age

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 18, 2013 in News tagged with

CFP: International Gothic in the Neo-Liberal Age Edited by Linnie Blake & Agniezska Soltysik Monnet The explosion of interest in the gothic in recent years has coincided with a number of seismic political changes that have reshaped the world as we know it: the fall of the communist bloc, the revolution in information and communication technologies, the emergence of biotechnologies, the proliferation of transnational corporations and, since 2001, the US-led ‘War on Terror.’ Each is itself underscored by the rise to global predominance of economic neo-liberalism. The proposed collection se

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Interview with Adam Nevill and F.R. Tallis, by Danel Olson

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 18, 2013 in Interviews tagged with ,

Interview with Adam Nevill and F.R. Tallis by Danel Olson 1) Do you consider yourselves as Gothic writers, or writers the works of whom are tangentially related to the Gothic tradition? If so, in what ways? F.R.Tallis: I would have to answer ‘Yes’ to both parts of this question. THE FORBIDDEN (my first supernatural novel) is a homage to the late 19th century Gothic novel – so I suppose having written an unequivocally Gothic work – a pastiche in fact - I am more than happy to be described as a ‘Gothic writer’. THE SLEEP ROOM (my second supernatural outing) is perhaps more t

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The Lady and Her Monsters: A Review

Posted by Laura Kremmel on October 17, 2013 in Reviews tagged with , ,

Montillo, Roseanne. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece. New York: William Morrow, 2013. Mary Shelley was, of course, no stranger to death and its effects on the body. From a love affair begun beneath the shadow of her mother’s grave, to a husband who idolized suicide, and a friend who was the youngest physician to graduate from Edinburgh, she was a fitting cornerstone of one of the most infamous circles in English Literature. Her well-loved product of the Shelley circle’s ghost story contest,

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Impossible Spaces: Horror Suburbs and New Towns

Posted by jessicageorge on October 16, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

In the second of my Impossible Spaces blog tour posts, I’m going to talk about horror suburbs, and about the kind of urban space that inspired my contribution to the anthology—‘New Town’. In his A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley describes the oft-expressed distaste for New Towns thus: Apparently, we all know what that ['New Town'] means—towns full of eyesores, concrete cows and unsightly proletarians, bereft of the ‘heritage’ that so obsesses the British psyche.1 Class snobbery probably does have something to do with it, but it’s the idea of ‘heritag

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Impossible Spaces: Innsmouth

Posted by jessicageorge on October 09, 2013 in Guest Blog, Jessica George tagged with ,

As this month’s Impossible Spaces blogger, I’m going to discuss the use of place—and of the transitions and spaces between places—in some of the Gothic fictions that interest me most. In the first of my blog tour posts, I talk about a literary place to which there is rather more than first meets the eye: H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional New England port, Innsmouth.

CFP ‘Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment’ Thumbnail

CFP ‘Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment’

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 09, 2013 in News tagged with

CFP ‘Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment’ One Day Symposium hosted by Falmouth University and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland. Keynote Speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton (Bristol University) On March 8th 2014 Falmouth University and ASLE UKI will be holding a one day symposium on the subject of ‘haunted landscapes’. From places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory or history to conceptions of landscape as palimpsest, holy wells and ancient sites, literature, art and film have always explored concepts of the supern

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The Weird: Fugitive Fictions / Hybrid Genres

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 09, 2013 in News tagged with

A One-day conference on Friday 8th November at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, illness University of London. For further information about this event, visit the website here.

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Latest Issue of Le Fanu Studies Journal Now Available

Posted by Dale Townshend on September 30, 2013 in News tagged with

To read the latest issue of this exciting online journal dedicated to the life and work of the Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, click here.