Author Archives: Lucy Northenra

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire

OGOM Supernatural St Albans Halloween Tour

Join the Open Graves, Open Minds Project on 31st October to explore the magical and spectral history of St Albans. Your hosts will be vampire expert Dr Sam George and Dr Kaja Franck (a specialist in werewolves); together they will … Continue reading

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What Happens to a Werewolf in the Harvest Moon?

The condition of  shapeshifting into a wolf in the full moon is, of course, known as lycanthropy. September brings us the full moon closest to the Autumn equinox.  The Harvest Moon will appear bigger and brighter tonight and will inspire … Continue reading

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Gothic Times 26 October 2019

In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, with Trump in the White House and Brexit on the horizon, Angela Carter’s famous assertion of 1974 that ‘we live in Gothic times’ has never been more apt. But from the eighteenth … Continue reading

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Werewolves and Wildness: The Open Graves, Open Minds special issue of Gothic Studies

Reblogged from EUP Blog, 8 July 2019 The first issue of Gothic Studies published by EUP is also the first ever issue devoted to werewolves. In the twenty-first century, the era of late capitalism, new werewolf myths have emerged from our cultural … Continue reading

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Werewolves and Wildness

Woo hoo we’re excited to announce that OGOM’s Dr Sam George and Dr Bill Hughes have edited the first ever issue of Gothic Studies on werewolves and it is out now from Edinburgh University Press: ‘Werewolves and Wildness’ 21.1 (May … Continue reading

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Easter Greetings from OGOM

Happy holidays to all from OGOM. Here’s a cover from a turn-of the-19th-century satirical magazine Puck announcing a very mischievous Easter: However you are spending the bank holiday, I hope you catch some mummers or pace egg plays as they … Continue reading

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Mummers and Pace Egg Plays

Mummer or Pace egg Plays are often performed today in areas such as St Albans, Todmorden & Hebden Bridge. They have a hero-combat theme. St George fights and conquers all manner of enemies (The dragon, The Turk etc.). The other … Continue reading

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‘Some Curious Disquiet’: Highlights from Polidori, the Byronic Vampire and It’s Progeny, 6th-7th April, Keats House, Hampstead, 2019

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Polidori’s Bloodsucking Progeny: Scholars gather to celebrate 200 years of vampire fiction

The first news stories are starting to appear now about our exciting bicentenary event, like this one… To mark the bicentenary of the publication of John Polidori’s gothic tale The Vampyre, academics from across the world will gather at the … Continue reading

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‘Polidori, the Byronic vampire & its progeny’ April 6th-7th 2019

‘Some curious disquiet’: Polidori, the Byronic vampire, and its progeny A symposium for the bicentenary of The Vampyre’ 6-7 April 2019, Keats House, Hampstead We’re beyond excited to announce our next event (above) in the spring. John Polidori published his … Continue reading

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