Monthly Archives: November 2016

Kaja’s Pulp Fiction Werewolves

Kaja and I have both been asked to write features for the Folklore Thursday website. Mine is on vampires and the OGOM project and is very late (sorry Willow) but Kaja’s is out now and is an excellent read. Have … Continue reading

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Books of Blood: Adventures in the Archives

I have been in the archives of the Wellcome Collection housed at the Science Museum this week to finally view the objects we have shortlisted for our Books of Blood Exhibition and Festival. The objects are kept behind locked doors in giant safe-like … Continue reading

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Dorian Gray as Evil Essex Werewolf

Just when my research has turned to English werewolves this comes along. Thanks to Kaja for alerting me to this wacky wilderness Wilde/werewolf mash up. My first thoughts are what is Dorian doing in Epping Forest he is such an … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale School

We’ve just been contacted by Brittany Warman, who is a fan of the OGOM website and, with her friend and colleague, has created an online course on fairytale on their lovely website, The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. … Continue reading

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Gargoyles and Temptation

This is a fascinating piece from the always-wonderful Folklore Thursday on the history and significance of gargoyles. It begins and ends with the presence of these ambivalent creatures in popular culture, from a childhood memory of the animated series Gargoyles … Continue reading

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Book: Gina Wisker, Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction: Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses

This new book by Gina Wisker, Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction: Carnival, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses, looks marvellous. It covers Angela Carter and vampires–two topics that always whet my OGOM appetite–but many other aspects of contemporary women’s Gothic too. I really … Continue reading

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CFP: Women-in-Peril or Final Girls? Representing Women in Gothic and Horror Cinema, University of Kent, 25-26 May 2017

A call for papers for an exciting conference, Women-in-Peril or Final Girls? Representing Women in Gothic and Horror Cinema, at the University of Kent in May 2017. The keynote speaker is MMU’s brilliant Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes. This conference seeks … Continue reading

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Whitby, Goth, and Steampunk

An incisive article here by Claire Nally of Northumbria University on the proliferation of subcultures around Goth and steampunk, focusing on Whitby (and a nod to OGOM collaborator Catherine Spooner’s work).

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Angela Carter and the Gothic

Once more, something on Angela Carter. This is an excellent essay by Greg Buzwell on the interplay between Gothic and fairy tale in Carter’s The Bloody Chamber from the British Library’s Discovering Literature pages (a fabulous resource). Buzwell discusses such … Continue reading

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Decadent fairy tales

Here’s a review of a fascinating-looking new collection of fairy tales by French decadent writers around the fin de siècle. The editors say Nearly a century before postmodern fairytales by Margaret Atwood, AS Byatt, Angela Carter and others upend fairytale … Continue reading

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