Monthly Archives: May 2017

Lincoln Book Festival Goes Gothic

As I have no doubt mentioned before, I grew up in Lincolnshire. Therefore I was very interested to see that the Lincoln Book Festival (25th-30th September, 2017) this year has a Gothic theme, including a Gothic flashfiction competition. With its endless … Continue reading

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CFP: Gothic Style(s), Gothic Substance: Gothic Manchester Festival Conference, MMU, 28 October 2017

Gothic Manchester Festival Conference 2017 Saturday 28 October 2017 Call for Papers Gothic Style(s), Gothic Substance After the great success of last year’s Gothic North conference, our attention turns this year to the topic of Gothic Style(s). At the start … Continue reading

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Images of Witches

Some excellent articles on witches today. First, Chloe Buckley, in ‘Hag, temptress or feminist icon? The witch in popular culture‘, looks at images of witches in popular culture, both positive and disparaging. She notes the contemporary feminist rehabilitation of the … Continue reading

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Top 21st Century Werewolf Narratives

A discussion with Sam about what I thought were the most important werewolf texts of the 21st century led me to compile the following. It was surprisingly difficult. Firstly, there is an absolute glut of werewolves popping up in all … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Be A Goth?

I’m posting a link to this BBC World Service Programme on gothic subculture for our Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic students as it looks very pertinent to the debates we’ll be having next year particularly around difference, … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales and Medieval Latin Literature

There’s a new book from the University of Michigan Press by Jan M. Ziolkowski, Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies which traces the connections between the classic tales of Grimm, Andersen, and so on, and … Continue reading

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Art project: Martin O’Brien: For The Dead Travel Fast

A great opportunity here for artists who have Undead affinities with Martin O’Brien and the For The Dead Travel Fast project, with funded workshops and visits to Dracula-related sites in Whitby and Transylvania. This project will take 5 artists on … Continue reading

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The Postmillennial Vampire

Congratulations to Dr Sue Chaplin of Leeds Beckett University on her new book, The Postmillennial Vampire: Power, Sacrifice and Simulation in True Blood, Twilight and Other Contemporary Narratives, out now from Palgrave Macmillan. This book explores the contemporary figure of … Continue reading

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White Wolves in and out of the Academy

OGOM is keeping track of wolf related stories ahead of the Being Human Festival in November. I posted earlier that May is the month of the wolf and Dr Catherine Spooner, a plenary at the now legendary Company of Wolves … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Pathology

To my mind, this advice by Sandhya Raghavan on ‘6 famous fairy tales you should never let your child read‘ seems like parody; these readings, if serious, are reductive, mechanistic, and unimaginative. Yet the alleged harmful effects of fairy tales … Continue reading

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