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Knitting a Gothic Fan Culture

Posted by Brigid Cherry on October 12, 2010 in Dr Brigid Cherry, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

During a conversation last week with an American exchange student taking my horror film module, he asked how I had ended up with horror cinema as my research specialism. It’s not a very complex history: like a lot of the fans who have contributed to my research over the years, I discovered quite early in life that I had a taste for the macabre, the Gothic, the scary. I knew I was not the only woman to have such tastes, yet when I first studied film it seemed there was little acknowledgement of the enthusiastic female horror film audience, either in the academy or in the industry. Choosing a

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Alien Sex:Controversy and Gothic Gaming

Posted by admin on October 11, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , , ,

Considering that Japan is still globally regarded as the epicentre for the gaming industry, it is certainly not surprising to learn that numerous Japanese video game developers

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CFP: The Gothic. Exploring Critical Issues

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 09, 2010 in News tagged with ,

A call for papers for an upcoming Gothic conference can be found here:  http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/the-gothic/call-for-papers/

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Twisted Tales this Halloween at Waterstone’s Liverpool One

Posted by Glennis Byron on October 06, 2010 in News tagged with , , , , ,

Join Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams, Nicholas Royle, and Tom Fletcher as they each read a deliciously dark tale of the macabre...

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Welcome to the new Gothic Imagination website

Posted by Glennis Byron on October 04, 2010 in News tagged with

Welcome to the relaunch of the Gothic Imagination website. We hope you like the new more modern layout, courtesy of our mega-talented web designer Andrew Wilson. We continue with our News, Blog, and the Guest Blog, which gets off to a great start with ...

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Gothic Architecture and the Digital Reformation of Ecclesiastical Space

Posted by Stuart Lindsay on October 04, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

Post-1688 revolutionary historicism has always been a considerable contribution to Gothic studies, and how its fiction is continually reforming and updating the Medieval Gothic spaces of ecclesiastic life. The original architecture of the Gothic period, itself once revolutionary in creating the uncanny space of stained-glass and natural light through buttresses and ...

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Reflections on Mirrors and the Gothic

Posted by Matt Foley on October 04, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

Some Reflections on Mirrors By Matt Foley, University of Stirling The first thing that comes to mind when ruminating over the specific role mirrors and reflections have to play in the Gothic mode is a negative instance: namely, that the vampire has no reflection. Immediately there is the problem, then, of talking about something that is missing and foreclosed, and I will come to this shortly. In general, though, what is clear is that any uncanny fall out from the staging of a subject's encounter with the mirror is symptomatic of just how important (mis)recognising our own semblance in th

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J-Horror Cinema: Human Machines for the MTV Age

Posted by Aspasia Stephanou on October 03, 2010 in Blog tagged with , , , , ,

Following the investigation of the human-machine interface in such cult classics as Shinya Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk films Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) and stretching into extremes the horror of the violation of bodily boundaries, a series of recent Asian splatter films accommodates all the special needs for the diehard horror/splatter Special FX junkie. Blood, blood, and more blood, and of course weird mutations. The films present transformed bodies that reflect the absence of the body itself. They no longer stand for a whole self but are fragments of a past con

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From Strawberry Hill Gothic to the Surreal: Horace Walpole and Jan Švankmajer

Posted by Brigid Cherry on October 02, 2010 in Dr Brigid Cherry, Guest Blog tagged with , , ,

As a scholar in the field of horror cinema I consider myself fortunate to work in a most Gothic environment, for my (admittedly rather mundane) office at St Mary’s University College looks out over Horace Walpole’s Little Gothick Castle in Strawberry Hill. In a further example of propitious fate (I am even tempted to call it serendipity), just as I was being invited to contribute this guest blog to Gothic Imagination the newly-restored house was being unveiled from behind scaffolding and plastic sheeting, with the Friends of Strawberry Hill gearing up for its reopening. To begin this po

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An Interview with Paula Morris

Posted by Sharon Deans on October 01, 2010 in Interviews tagged with , , , , , , ,

Stirling's Department of English Studies  is delighted to welcome one of its newest members of staff, Paula Morris, author of the ghost story Ruined. Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand.  For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York.  Until recently she lived in New Orleans, where she taught creative writing at Tulane University. Paula’s first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.  Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in