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Review: Thin Air

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with ,

Thin Air. A Ghost Story By Michelle Paver Publisher: Orion Books (October 2016) ISBN (Hardback) 9781409163343 ISBN (Export Trade paperback) 9781409163350 ISBN (Ebook) 9781409163374   Review by Leonor Ruiz-Ayúcar   Who does not like a good ghost story? Michelle Paver´s new book lands in the bookstores just in time for Halloween, so let’s sit on our favourite sofa and travel to the Himalayas with Thin Air: A Ghost story. The story is set in 1935. The narrator, a young doctor called Stephen Pearce, is about to experience the most amazing and challenging

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_Frankenstein_ (1931) at the Bo’ness Hippodrome, Saturday October 15th

Posted by Matt Foley on October 19, 2016 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

It was a great pleasure to introduce James Whale's Frankenstein at the Bo'ness Hippodrome on Saturday 15th October as part of their Universal Monsters series, which is running in the weeks up to Halloween, and which is curated by Falkirk Community Trust's Arts Development Officer Alison Strauss. The Hippodrome is a wonderful cinema. It was restored only seven years ago to all its 1910's glory. Full of character, it's an intimate venue in which to watch both golden oldies and current blockbusters -- a building and a meeting place that the people of Bo'ness can be very proud of. A parti

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James Whale season at the Bo’ness Hippodrome

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 13, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

In the run up to Halloween the Hippodrome will present three classic horror films directed by the legendary British director James Whale, each one introduced by a special guest from the Gothic studies staff at the University of Stirling.  The original and best ‘Frankenstein’ (1931), featuring a chilling Boris Karloff as the Monster kicks off the season on Saturday 15th October at 2.30pm.  Next up is ‘The Invisible Man’ (1933) Sunday 23rd October 2.30pm – the film that made Claude Rains a star despite only being visible at the end (spoiler alert!).  The season concludes with the fr

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CfP: International Vampire Film and Arts Festival Conference

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 12, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , ,

The International Vampire Film and Arts Fest is now inviting papers. Amazingly, the conference and fest will be held in the citadel of Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the historical Dracula. Three American institutions - Kutztown, Seton Hill and Emerson College - will be curating three distinctly themed days on '(En)Gendering the Vampire', 'Children of the Night: The Vampire Across Popular Culture', and 'Vampire on Screen: Life, Death and Immortality'. Details here: http://ivfaf.com/academic-conference Submissions due by 1 February 2017.

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CfP: Gothic Trespass

Posted by Timothy Jones on October 06, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

Gothic Trespass: Borders, Bodies, Texts   Colloquium at The University of Texas at Austin Date: April 1- 2, 2017       Keynote Speaker: Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University     The Gothic literary mode has always been associated with transgression. Since its inception in the eighteenth century, characters in Gothic novels have trespassed myriad boundaries – sexual, social, political, filial, religious – in order to thrill, to chill, and to entertain, but also to either reinforce social, cultural, and political norms or to critique them. These themes have bee

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CfP: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred

Posted by Timothy Jones on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

From Gothic Imagination correspondent, John W. Morehead:   Call for Submissions for an anthology volume: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred   A number of great abstracts have been submitted, but we need a few more chapters to have a complete volume. Please take a look at this second call for submissions.   They ways in which people pursue religion have changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religions are in decline, and even among those who claim “None” as their identity, an individualized spirituality of seeking is growing in popularity. As a p

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Gothic Day School at Oxford

Posted by Timothy Jones on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with

This in from the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education -   A Gothic Day School in Oxford.   Oxford University are hosting a day-long course on Gothic literature on Saturday 26 November 2016.   The course is aimed at the general public and the tuition cost is £66, with lunch options also available.   Four speakers will discuss both Gothic Romance from its heyday (the late 18th & early 19th centuries), and how Gothic themes, situations, characters, and tropes continue to influence novels, films, comic books, and other genres.   The da

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Vampires at the British Library

Posted by Timothy Jones on August 15, 2016 in Uncategorized tagged with , , ,

Just in time for Halloween, the British Library will be offering a five week course on everybody's favourite creatures of the night:   http://www.bl.uk/events/vampires Course dates: Thursdays 27 October and 3, 10, 17, 24 November Times: 18.00 – 20.00   From the BL website: ‘Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness’ says Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla to her fascinated victim. Seductive yet repellent, ancient yet new, the vampire is a creature of contradictions – hero, villain

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Review: Women and the Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Posted by Donna Mitchell on August 09, 2016 in Blog, Donna Mitchell, Reviews tagged with , , ,

Women and the Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion Edited by Avril Horner and Sue Zlosnik Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7486-9912-4 Reviewed by Donna Mitchell A welcome addition to the field of Gothic criticism, decease Horner and Zlosnik’s Women and the Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion mixes established classics of the canon with recent films, novels and video games, and examines them through the lens of feminist and/or post-feminist theory. The main purpose of this study is not only to explore how the representation of women and identity in the Gothic has evolved ov

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Gothic Art (from the Gothic MOOC)

Posted by Peter Lindfield on August 08, 2016 in Peter Lindfield tagged with , , , , , , , ,

These four videos mark the conclusion of the AHRC-funded MOOC at Stirling on eighteenth-century Gothic across the arts. The videos examine the multifaceted expressions of the Gothic aesthetic in the visual arts. You will also find a concluding message from Dale Townshend and myself at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions regarding the videos, the content, material, or ideas presented in these or any of our MOOC's sections available on the Gothic Imagination website, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. From September 2016 Dale Townshend will be contactable at