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Whistle and I’ll Come to You review

Posted by Tom Paskins on December 26, 2010 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , ,

As a big fan of the BBC’s tradition of putting on a Ghost Story for Christmas and having been greatly impressed by Crooked House in 2008 and last year’s Turn of the Screw, it has to be said that I was awaiting their latest...

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Posted by Glennis Byron on December 25, 2010 in News tagged with ,

One of the most highly recommended 'Christmas' films this year is also a horror film. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, is directed by award winning cult Finnish director Jalmari Helander.

Gothic Belly Dance: Tattoos, Piercings, and the Female Ideal Thumbnail

Gothic Belly Dance: Tattoos, Piercings, and the Female Ideal

Posted by Kelly Gardner on December 22, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , ,

The origins of Belly Dance are debatable, with many cultures claiming it as their own. It is widely agreed that regardless of country, the dance emerged as a ...

Michael Barrymore’s Ghosts: I Am What I Am in ‘The House That Made Me’ (Channel 4, Thursdays, 9pm) Thumbnail

Michael Barrymore’s Ghosts: I Am What I Am in ‘The House That Made Me’ (Channel 4, Thursdays, 9pm)

Posted by Stuart Lindsay on December 20, 2010 in Blog tagged with , ,

A Gothic consciousness has invaded television. As a universal visual and critical language, Gothic’s love of re-creating and re-staging the past for emotional purposes, doubling real history with its own artificial...

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Ian Conrich, Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema

Posted by Rachel Bowles on December 20, 2010 in Blog, Reviews tagged with ,

Various art forms and their sub-genres have inevitably always had to fight for their legitimacy, one that must be pried out of the damning clutches of die-hard cultural purists. Novels were low brow prose, subservient to the superior poetic form; Gothic novels were ...

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Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural by Victorian women writers (Wordsworth Press)

Posted by Maria Giakaniki on December 16, 2010 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Several years ago, Wordsworth Editions launched a very promising series named ''Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural'', which is almost exclusively devoted to Gothic fiction, including eighteenth century works like ...

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Danel Olson interviewed by Glennis Byron Part 2

Posted by Glennis Byron on December 15, 2010 in Interviews tagged with , ,

When we left off last time, I'd been asking if there was much consensus in these essays about what 21st century Gothic was up to. You'd mentioned the very intriguing idea of the 'dark gifting' that appears in so many of these texts, and you'd also noted...

“Feast your Eyes [again]! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Gothic horror – Thinking in Images Thumbnail

“Feast your Eyes [again]! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!” Gothic horror – Thinking in Images

Posted by Elizabeth McCarthy on December 13, 2010 in Dr Elizabeth McCarthy, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

Frankenstein, Dracula, 'Carmilla', the works of Poe and even the illusive Mr. Hyde have all had their share of visual interpretations.

Where does it end? A brief look at children’s ‘Gothic’ series fiction Thumbnail

Where does it end? A brief look at children’s ‘Gothic’ series fiction

Posted by Chloe Buckley on December 13, 2010 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

In a recent Guardian Books’ debate about whether or not J.K Rowling ought to write another Harry Potter, novelist Naomi Alderman begs the ever popular authoress: “Don’t do it.” Alderman exhorts Rowling to heed the monitory example of George Lucas: prequels, sequels, addendums and too much exposition just ruins a once well-loved yarn. My instincts tell me to go with Alderman on this one.

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“The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall”, only mostly for kids

Posted by Bridget Rohde on December 13, 2010 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , ,

A dark and stormy evening, gardens devoid of life, an old stone manor in the isolated countryside, long-lost family… When Florence Crutchfield steps out of the coach near her great-uncle’s estate in Mary Downing Hahn’s newest preteen ghost story, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, she is already well set up to embody the typical Radcliffean heroine.