Author Archives: Lucy Northenra

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire

Deviant Burial of ‘Vampire’ Child in C15th Italy

I am mapping ‘deviant’ burials for a piece I am writing on Wharram Percy, the medieval English village that mutilated its own dead, including many women and children. Whatever these people believed eventually took hold completely and led to them … Continue reading

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OGOM: Spectral St Albans Hallowe’en Tour – booking now

OGOM is proud to announce a special Supernatural St Albans Hallowe’en Tour. We will be exploring the magical and spectral history of Hertfordshire’s finest gothic city. The event is informed by the research we carried out for our ‘Urban Weird‘ … Continue reading

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CFP: Reading Group on Animals and Mythical Creatures

The Myth Reading Group at the University of Essex Centre for Myth Studies have announced a CFP on Animals and Mythical Creatures for the Autumn Term 2018. They invite proposals from anyone who is interested in any aspect of mythological … Continue reading

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Vampire Myths and Vampire Lore

Coffin Boffin: Vampires

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Why Are Witches So Popular?

The Guardian Newspaper has just featured an article entitled Coven Ready: from Instagram to TV:Why are Witches so Popular? It appears that there is a spate of new occult dramas about witches. A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’s novel about a … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Vs Dracula: Battle of the Books

Thanks to all those who attended the Monsters We Deserve: Dracula Vs Frankenstein events with myself and Marcus Sedgwick at Edinburgh International Book Festival  and at Conway Hall in London. Frankenstein won both rounds but Marcus and I drew 1-1 in … Continue reading

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Yōkai & Me: Introducing #YōkaiFriday

The world of yōkai has been fascinating me of late. These creatures are currently popular in anime, manga, film and computer games, but they originated in local legends in Japan, folktales and regional ghost stories. I was excited to attend the … Continue reading

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Marionettes: The Monsters We Need?

It is no secret that I am obsessed with marionettes. This dates back to a magical Czech production of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ I saw aged about 8. I can still visualise all the puppets and it helped shape my … Continue reading

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The Monsters We Deserve Tuesday 4th September

To celebrate the publication of The Monsters We Deserve, a fascinating reappraisal of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,  Marcus Sedgwick and Dr Sam George go head to head in the gothic battle of the books  Frankenstein versus Dracula Chaired by writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn. Venue: Conway … Continue reading

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World Vampire Beings

Here is our research into world vampire beings over the last few weeks. The hashtag #WorldVamps2018 turned out to be one of most successful and it is such an interesting project. If you are studying vampires, or just a huge … Continue reading

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