Tag Archives: Vampires

Twilight: feminism and fandom

It’s the ten-year anniversary of the first film of Stephenie Meyers’s Twilight series (Twilight, dir. by Catherine Hardwicke), the YA vampire paranormal romance which became a sensation. Both book and film, and the adulation both received, attracted much criticism, often … Continue reading

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CFPs: 19C vampires, radical YA lit, revisiting the Gothic

An edited collection and two conferences seeking contributions: 1. Call for articles for A Feast of Blood: the Vampire in the Nineteenth Century. Deadline: 31 January 2019. We invite essay proposals on the vampire figure in the long nineteenth century.  Our edited collection … Continue reading

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Vampires: Dracula, James Joyce, Jane Austen, bats, and Marx

Again, a bit too late for Hallowe’en, but a handful of essays on vampires here: 1. Recent research at the London Library on Bram Stoker’s annotations to source material for Dracula: ‘The Books That Made Dracula‘. 2. Austen Gilkeson, ‘The … Continue reading

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Older than Dracula: in search of the English vampire

Older than Dracula: in search of the English vampire The Premature Burial. Antoine Wiertz (1854) Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. … Continue reading

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CFPs: Dracula, vampires, zombies, otherness

Quite a few CFPs here: Better rush for this one–deadline tomorrow, 15 August: A Cross-Platform Dracula Conference, 17-19 October 2018, Brasov Our aim is to present groundbreaking research on Bram Stoker, his novel Dracula and related topics on a bi-annual … Continue reading

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IGA2018: Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals

A huge thank you to all the organisers of the International Gothic Association 2018 conference, held at Manchester Metropolitan University. And thanks to all who attended OGOM’s Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals panel and to all the lovely and inspiring … Continue reading

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Will the Blood Moon Come Too Soon?

Serpents, dragons, jaguars, bats and wolves are all associated with the eclipse, according the Smithsonian Magazine’s What Folklore Tells us About the Eclipse.  You have probably heard of the myth of the wolf who swallows the sun or moon causing an eclipse or … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: academia and Gothic heroines

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a foundational text in many ways–not least, for OGOM’s origins, being the series which, with its wit, humanity, and dark imagination led me into vampire studies. It’s probably the TV series most written about by … Continue reading

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Vampire at the Crossroads

The intersection of roads and pathways are dark, dangerous, uncanny places, offering  two or more options at once. According to ancient superstitions crossroads are unhallowed ground, haunted by vampires, demons, witches and trolls. Malevolent spirits who like to lead travellers … 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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