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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.

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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.

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An Interview with S.P. Miskowski, Part Two

Posted by James Campbell on September 30, 2013 in Blog, Interviews tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Presenting part two of our in-depth interview with S.P. Miskowski, author of 'Knock Knock' and 'The Skillute Cycle'.

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Gothic Intersections; Site, Story, Art

Posted by Tracy Fahey on September 29, 2013 in Guest Blog, Ms Tracey Fahey tagged with

“In these pictures I draw upon the inherent quietness and uncanny aspects of the empty sets. As with much of my work, I looked at the blurred lines between reality and fiction, nature and artifice, and beauty and decay” [1] (Gregory Crewdson, 2010) In this final blog post on Gothic intersections, I will attempt to examine a final set of junctures; this time between fine art practice, sites and stories. Contemporary Gothic fine art practice is still under-represented within Gothic criticism.    Most of its references to the visual arts are historic examples used to discuss the o

Sublime Claustrophobia, a Gothic Paradox Thumbnail

Sublime Claustrophobia, a Gothic Paradox

Posted by Benjamin E. Noad on September 27, 2013 in Ben Noad, Blog tagged with , , , , , ,

Inspired by a recent visit to Edinburgh’s underground vaults (courtesy of City of the Dead Tours) – I now want to share my thoughts on this particularly Gothic phenomenon. The focus here is with the curious aftermath of identifying with the Sublime through a much specified use of fear.

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Urban Shadows

Posted by Lobke Minter on September 25, 2013 in Guest Blog, Lobke Minter tagged with

China Mieville’s The City & The City is in many ways an urban exploration of this Gothic ambience. Even though his fiction is mostly classified as “weird fiction” or “soft science fiction”, or in the case of The "City & The City" which is predominantly seen by the mainstream as an existential thriller, there is much to be said about Mieville’s invocation of an urban Gothic sentiment.