Monthly Archives: April 2016

Disney’s Walpurgisnacht

Witches and magical transformations are themes that OGOM will be pursuing over the next year or so. Disney’s wonderful adaptation of Walpurgisnacht in Fantasia (1941) makes full use of the potential of cinematic technology to depict the transformative powers of … Continue reading

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Walpurgisnacht: Musical and textual variations

Sam has posted some fab items on witches below to celebrate Walpurgisnacht, so I’d better follow suit before dawn arrives and the wild partying has to end. The Walpurgisnacht motif has inspired artists in all sorts of media. It’s a … Continue reading

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Witches Night Brew for Walpurgisnacht

For Walpurgisnacht, or witches night, a witches rout or selection of dark posts from the archive…..do not leave home without your broomstick! How did I choose me my witchcraft kin? Witches, Gothic Novels and Cosmic Horror  I Saw Three Witches … Continue reading

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It’s Walpurgisnacht – get your broomstick ready!

Today is Wapurgisnacht, a night of dark celebrations, also known as Hexennacht or witches night!! I am going to retweet some of our witchy posts from the blog but here are some pictures of the dark sabbath from the archive … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Hobgoblins and the Never Never

Following my post on Gothic Shakespeare I wanted to mention the British Library’s mesmerizing show Shakespeare in Ten Acts  There are over 200 rare and unique items on display including the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s handwriting. Visitors are encouraged … Continue reading

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OGOM website changes

I’ve made some changes–I hope for the better–to the OGOM website. I’m working towards a redesign that will make the site more attractive, more informative and interactively communal, and easier to use. There is now a sitemap (with a link, … Continue reading

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Changes to Twitter – @OGOMProject

If you’re following either Sam, Kaja, or myself via our Twitter accounts, I’ve now set up a special OGOM one — @OGOMProject. Any future blog posts will send a Tweet via this account as well as our original ones. To … Continue reading

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Free Course: Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

I came across this free on-line course on Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, presented by The Hans Christian Andersen Centre at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark, via Future Learn (with whom I’m also doing a fascinating course … Continue reading

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Gothic Shakespeare: Enter the Gothspeare!!

The nation is celebrating Shakespeare this weekend and it is time to enter the gothspeare and rediscover some of our blog entries on gothic Shakespeare see for example: Supernatural Shakespeares Shakespeare’s Vampires Shakespeare’s Irish Werewolves Buffyology Lessons in the Academy: … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic’, 15th-17th April 2016

On 15th-17th April, I attended ‘Reflected Shadows: Folklore and the Gothic’ at Kingston University. This conference, dedicated as the name suggests to folklore and the Gothic, was jointly organised by The Folklore Society and Kingston University. The conference opened with … Continue reading

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