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OGOM LogoThe Open Graves, Open Minds Project began by unearthing depictions of the vampire and the undead in literature, art, and other media, then embraced werewolves (and representations of wolves and wild children), fairies, and other supernatural beings and their worlds. The Project extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, and the magical, emphasising that sense of Gothic as enchantment rather than simply horror. Through this, OGOM is articulating an ethical Gothic, cultivating moral agency and creating empathy for the marginalised, monstrous or othered, including the disenchanted natural world. You can find out more by viewing the story of OGOM through its reception in the media here.

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CFPs: Fantasy, Irish literature, religion, the occult, Islam, horror, Shelley, the Inklings

CFPs for some exciting conferences ahead. 1. Once and Future  Fantasies conference, Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic (CFF) at the University of Glasgow, 13 –17 July 2022. Deadline: 22 October 2021  We therefore ask how fantasy and the fantastic engage with … Continue reading

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Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird

Daisy Butcher, a member of OGOM and PhD student of Dr Sam George, has collaborated with friend of OGOM and University of Hertfordshire alumna, Janette Leaf to put together an exciting anthology of insect themed stories for the British Library’s … Continue reading

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The OGOM Project is convened by Dr Sam George (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Bill Hughes, and has been funded generously by the University of Hertfordshire.