In the Open Graves, Open Minds Project, we unearthed depictions of the vampire and the undead in literature, art, and other media, before embracing shapeshifting creatures (most recently, the werewolf) and other supernatural beings and their worlds. OGOM opens up questions concerning genre, gender, hybridity, cultural change, and other realms. The Project now extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, the fabulous, and the magical. You can find out more by viewing the story of OGOM through its reception in the media here.
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‘The Haunted Landscape: Magic and Monsters of the British Isles’ is a one-day symposium on folklore, magic and beyond. Authors and researchers discuss fairies, witchcraft, werewolves, vampires, dragons, the lore of autumn, and the magic of common folk. Up the … Continue reading
Here’s a selection of interesting articles on OGOM-related topics. First, an article on YA Gothic with some recommended novels in the genre. Much of our research has focused on these texts–they are often more adventurous than their adult counterpart, especially … Continue reading
The OGOM Project is convened by Dr Sam George (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Bill Hughes, and has been funded generously by the University of Hertfordshire.