Category Archives: OGOM News

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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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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Monsters: Dreams and Discords: Vampire Fiction in Twenty-First-Century American Culture

Congratulations to Jillian Wingfield who yesterday submitted her thesis: ‘Monsters: Dreams and Discords: Twenty-First-Century Vampire Fiction and American Culture’. Jillian got a mention in the preface to the Open Graves, Open Minds book as embarking on her journey into American vampires … Continue reading

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OGOM: Fearful Fens

Thanks to Kaja for initiating the fabulous #FearfulFens during May.  Some really interesting and fun research came out of this and you can catch up via our Twitter ‘moment’ below. Our new hashtag for June is the deliciously wicked #TheFallen. … Continue reading

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Polidori and the Romantic/Byronic Vampire

Just a reminder that I will be in the Polidori room at the Living Frankenstein event tomorrow with a very special prop! I’m so excited. There are still tickets available…. Dare to join us on Wednesday 23 May for the … Continue reading

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Fallen Angels and the Hybrid Nature of Demons

Here’s my Twitter ‘Moment’ for ‘Demon of the Day’ #gothichybridity. I’ll be back with this hashtag later in the month when I’ll be exploring vampire/ angels and continuing my research into hybridity in relation to the fallen. Demon of the Day … Continue reading

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Living Frankenstein – On tour with a vampire slaying kit

I will be on tour in May with a vampire slaying kit. First stop UCL on 23rd May and then on to the Bath Literary Festival. Do put the dates in your diary it is going to be such a … Continue reading

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