Category Archives: Reviews

Return of the vampire: Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun and YA vampire fiction

The Open Graves, Open Minds Project began in 2010, in part as a response to Stephenie Meyer’s hugely successful Twilight series; a Young Adult vampire romance series, the first of which was Twilight (2005). We launched the Project with an … Continue reading

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Review: CoronaGothic Conference, 30 June 2020, University of Macau Gothic

Dr Joan Passey has written an excellent review of the recent online CoronaGothic conference organised by the Gothic Research Network at the University of Macau in China. Sam’s earlier post with further details of the conference and the paper she … Continue reading

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Betsy Cornwell: Steampunk Faerie at ‘Ill met by moonlight’ Conference

We are delighted to announce an addition to the guest speakers at our ‘Ill met by moonlight’ Gothic Faery conference. Betsy Cornwell, the esteemed author of YA fantasy, will be talking about her creative adaptation of fairy lore in her … Continue reading

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Fairy News: Jeanette Ng, Holly Black, Carnival Row, Queen Mab, and Irish sidhe

the fae are the mythical creatures of the hour. Sometimes they’re portrayed as monstrous, sometimes as tricksters, sometimes as sensuous love interests So says Samantha Shannon, who is herself a superb fantasy novelist. So the next OGOM event, our conference … Continue reading

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Review: Dracula (BBC, January 2020)

There has been much discussion of the BBC adaptation of Dracula by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, shown this January—and the debate has been highly polarised. The OGOM Project began with a conference on vampires in 2010, followed by our … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elizabeth von Arnim, Vera

As you may know from previous posts, I have been tracing the genetic mutations from which the genre of paranormal romance arose by looking at an earlier manifestation, Gothic romance (or romantic suspense). This genre flourished from about the 1940s … Continue reading

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Why YA Gothic Fiction is Booming and Girl Monsters are on the Rise

I’m posting this article from The Conversation by Michelle Smith for this year’s Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic students, who will begin their study of the YA Gothic genre in September. Why YA Gothic Fiction is Booming and … Continue reading

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Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings

I’ve written on Hans Andersen for my forthcoming book on shadow play and despite the discourse of suffering and redemption, the stories are full of imagination and sensibility, and are always heart-wrenchingly empathic. Many of the tales have a dark … Continue reading

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Latest YA Fantasy Reading

We now and then like to supply reading lists that we have come across from various sources. These have all been placed in their own Reading Lists category so you can easily search through them. The Barnes & Noble Teen … Continue reading

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Reworking Myth and Fairytale in YA Literature–Again!

If you visit this site often, you’ll know that many of the Gothic and fantastic narratives that OGOM research involve reworkings and rewritings of fairy tales or myths. The transformations and interminglings of genre involved fascinate me on a formal … Continue reading

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