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Lincoln Book Festival has a Gothic theme

In a previous post, I mentioned that the theme for this year’s Lincoln Book Festival (25th-30th September 2017) is the Gothic. This year they had a Flash Fiction Competition which I entered. Much to my surprise (I’m not a creative … Continue reading

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‘Valley of Shadows’ Trailer – A werewolf film?

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the trailer for Valley of Shadows, a Scandinavian Gothic tale directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen. From the trailer, it appears that the narrative follows a young boy whose community is plagued by a series of attacks on sheep … Continue reading

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What Happens to Werewolves During a Solar Eclipse

Following on from Sam’s brilliant post about the coming solar eclipse and Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, I found myself wondering: What about the Werewolves? Will nobody think of the werewolves? Sure enough, a quick search on the … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Studying Vampires

My daily Google search for the word ‘vampire’ brought up a rather disturbing article today. An academic, specialising in vampire studies, has been accused of tacitly encouraging blood drinking during his lectures. (The original story can be found in The Daily … Continue reading

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The Making of ‘An American Werewolf in London’

This is a very interesting, albeit brief, article from The Guardian on the making of An American Werewolf in London (1981). I particularly enjoy the comment about making it look painful. During the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference, my mother watched the transformation scene in … Continue reading

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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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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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Jack-in-the-Green Festival

Following on from Sam’s post about folk horror and its recent revival, I thought I would write about my attendance of the Jack-in-the-Green festival in Hastings. This takes place around May Day and, as well as the ubiquitous May Pole, … Continue reading

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Buffy – My Childhood Companion

Happy Buffyversary! Bill has already blogged links to some wonderful articles about BtVS and below are a few more that may be of interest: The Guardian, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a feminist parable for everyone – including me’, Anthony Head … Continue reading

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Wif-Wolves and Feminists

On Friday, The Conversation published an excellent essay about feminism and werewolves, ‘Friday essay: the female werewolf and her shaggy suffragette sisters’, by Jazmina Cininas. (If you’re wondering why I used ‘wif-wolves’ in my title read this article ‘Fun with Etymology – … Continue reading

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