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The Ghosts of Emily Gray

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 18, 2014 in News tagged with

Author and artist C. Keith Carpenter has just published his new paranormal novel, The Ghosts of Emily Gray. The story follows Erin, the surviving identical twin of Emily who was tragically killed exactly one year ago. Multiple apparitions of the dead teen simultaneously haunt the family while Erin tries to cope with the guilt of Emily’s death, haunting visions, a jilted ex-boyfriend who taps into supernatural forces to enact revenge, and a family that is quickly disintegrating. Having made a break with the occult underworld, Erin struggles with her own identity as a person while dating

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CFP: Trans-National Gothic, 1764-1831.

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 17, 2014 in News tagged with

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature: a special issue on Trans-national Gothic, 1764-1831 The notion of ‘Gothic’ presently witnesses, in literary and cultural studies, at least a double acceptation: on the one hand, it may refer to single national (and eminently British) literary experiences, normally located within the time-span between Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) and the final edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1831); on the other, it may be used as a broad and all-encompassing critical category (and even the label for sub-cultures

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Review: Goth Girl and the Ghost of A Mouse

Posted by Chloe Buckley on February 14, 2014 in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell Publisher: Macmillan (Sep 2013) ISBN-10: 0230759807 ISBN-13: 978-0230759800 Review by Chloe Buckley Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a beautiful and wonderfully silly book. I confess: it is one of the most enjoyable books that I have read for some time. However, beyond my immediate response as a newly converted Chris Riddell fan, I would argue that the pleasures offered by Goth Girl are timely and pertinent in terms of understanding why contemporary children’s gothic continues to flourish as a popular and literary form. The succes

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Of Monsters and Accents

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 12, 2014 in Blog, Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

  Before my arrival in the United States I had never paid that much attention to the accent of Count von Count, Sesame Street’s cuddly number-obsessed vampire. It was only after I heard the English-speaking version, with his thick Bela Lugosi-inspired accent, that I realized that the dubbed Count that I watched as a kid also had a vaguely Eastern European accent. Despite this blatant oversight I never doubted that the sympathetic vampire came from some remote Transylvanian corner. This is one of any reader’s first certainties regarding vampire stories: they—along with many ot

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Vampyres Film: Update

Posted by Dale Townshend on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

We are so thrilled to announce that our crowd-funding site and movie site (unanimous) are now live here! We had our private launch February 8th, here in Austin, Texas and were welcomed with such positive responses! We now want to share this all with you and and for all those vampire and Gothic enthusiasts around the world we hope to connect with! Please take a moment to browse our site and view our teaser/pitch video for "Vampyres". We hope you will especially appreciate our subtle inclusion of a thistle theme in one of our Tshirt designs of a vampire skull to hint at the direction that

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Gothic in the Tropics

Posted by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez on February 04, 2014 in Gabriel A. Eljaiek-Rodriguez, Guest Blog tagged with

Don Roberto Hurtado seems like a sweet, pilule kindly old man. Lying peacefully in his hospital bed and exchanging pleasantries with nurses and nuns, he appears to be the very embodiment of innocence and vulnerability. But us viewers know better: he is—besides being one of the central characters in director Luis Ospina’s 1982 Colombian horror film Pura sangre (Pure Blood)—a vampire, both in the literal, blood-sucking sense, as well as the kind of metaphorical vampire that exploits his workers, bleeding them dry as he goes about his duties as the owner of a sugar plantation in the Colomb

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Just Published: Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic, edited by Dale Townshend and Angela Wright.

Posted by Dale Townshend on January 27, 2014 in News tagged with

Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic, edited by Dale Townshend and Angela Wright. Cambridge University Press, 2014. This collection of essays offers unique and fresh perspectives upon the literary productions of one of the most highly remunerated and widely admired authors of the Romantic period, Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823). While drawing upon, consolidating and enriching the critical impulses reflected in Radcliffe scholarship to date, this collection of essays, composed by a range of renowned scholars of the Romantic period, also foregrounds the hitherto neglected aspects of the a

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Out of the Dark: Open Spaces

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

i In considering the ways in which Gothic comic strips and lantern-shows, both forms of mass-entertainments and popular media for well over two centuries, have often until very recently been edited out and sidelined by academic communities, I began to wonder about the present status of activities usually presented on the fringes of Gothic conferences: dance, rock music gigs, quizzes, ghost-walks and similar events. I asked Michael McCarthy, Director of the Bram Stoker film festival, whether he saw any distinction between presenting such a wide-ranging programme of horror, Gothic-them

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“Vampyres” : A film returning to dark and haunting folklore

Posted by Dale Townshend on January 21, 2014 in News tagged with

A new independent vampire film is in the making in Austin, Texas to quell the appetite for a return to the terrifying threat that the Vampire used to impose in folklore. Josephine McAdam (a Scottish citizen currently residing in Austin) has teamed up with a group of like-minded artists (Miguel Coronado III, J.R. Zambrano and more: spfx artists, illustrators, and writers) after working for 3 years in the Austin film industry to create the high quality independent film that is driven by story and also serves a market which has been seeking a return to the classic Vampire. Josephine also has plan

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Out of the Dark: Kindred Media

Posted by Dr David Annwn Jones on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized tagged with

There are various factors which may have contributed to the marginalisation of the Gothic comic strip and, indeed, 19th century sequential art in general. The ephemeral nature and frequently cheap production values (and hence disposable status), of such material may have proved to be decisive factors. Various perceptions of this medium as a genre associated predominantly with children’s reading may also have played a part with the accompanying sense of this art as trivial or inconsequential, unworthy of study. It must be remembered that Gothic novels themselves often fell foul of suc