Author Archives: William the Bloody

Frankenstein and Counter-Enlightenment

I’m sure many will have seen the furore stirred up in social media, particularly among Gothicists, by the Sun’s article on Frankenstein, which screams, ‘SNOWFLAKE students claim Frankenstein’s monster was a misunderstood victim with feelings’. I don’t think it’s altogether … Continue reading

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CFPs: Angela Carter, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald, Contemporary Gothic

Some more calls for papers and articles here: Ludics & Laughter as Feminist Aesthetic: Angela Carter at Play ‘Salman Rushdie famously called Carter a “one-off.” In this international collection of essays, we will consider that ludics and laughter contribute to … Continue reading

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Manderley Today: 80 Years of Du Maurier’s Rebecca

I first read Daphne du Maurier’s haunting Gothic Romances in my early teens. In my thirties I did an evening class in Female Gothic run by the pioneering Avril Horner and Sue Zloznik. This featured Rebecca among other exciting texts. … Continue reading

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CFPs: Fantastika, Dark Arts, the Supernatural, Popular Culture, Witchcraft, Trees & Forests

There is a whole batch of CFPs for various exciting events here: Theorising the Popular Conference, Liverpool Hope University, 11-12 July 2018 The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in new ways of … Continue reading

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Call for Articles: Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies

Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies are inviting articles for their June 2018 issue, deadline 5 March 2018. Aeternum is an open-access biannual online journal of peer-reviewed academic articles on all aspects of the contemporary Gothic. The purpose of … Continue reading

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CFPs: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Bodily Fluids

Three CFPs for conferences that might be of interest: Children of the Night: A Cross-Platform Dracula Conference, Transilvania University of Brașov, 17-19 October 2018. Frankenstein – Parable of the Modern Age 1818 – 2018, International Symposium of the Inklings-Society, Ingolstadt, … Continue reading

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The Northern YA Literary Festival: Holly Black, Samantha Shannon, Alwyn Hamilton

The Northern YA Literary Festival is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire at Preston, 24 March 2018. This looks a great event: the wonderful Holly Black (probably my favourite author in YA paranormal romance) being interviewed by Samantha Shannon … Continue reading

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Exploring Gothic Romance

As part of my research into the formal qualities of Paranormal Romance, and how different genres encounter each other to generate this new kind of novel, I’m immersing myself into one of its forbears. Gothic Romance (sometimes known as fantasy … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin: Tributes and Analysis

Some more valuable links to material on the wonderful Ursula K. Le Guin who, sadly, died on Monday (22 January 2017). Tributes from her fellow writers in SF and fantasy: ‘The Science Fiction and Fantasy Community Remembers Ursula K. Le … Continue reading

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RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch/University of Oregon It’s very sad to hear of the death of Ursula K. Le Guin, aged 88. For me, no other writer of SF or fantasy reaches the heights that she did. She was a … Continue reading

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