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Monthly Archives: December 2014
I hope you all have a Happy Undead New Year. Be carnivalesque and abandoned, even if you don’t drink . . . wine.
Good Omens: How Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book Lively insight into collaborative practices by two of the most original, dark and funny writers to ever co-write a novel For the uninitiated, Good Omens is a story about … Continue reading
Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has been recorded more often than any other piece of classical music – over 400 times in more than a dozen languages. The narration has been spoken by everyone from David Bowie to Eleanor … Continue reading
Following the release of the Company of Wolves CFP, Sam aka Lucy Northernra was sent a copy of Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan to be published in March 2015. Knowing that I am masquerading as Werewolf Lady, Sam passed the … Continue reading
Not strictly Gothic, but affiliated with that genre, Ursula K Le Guin’s writing has certainly been groundbreaking in the genres of science fiction and high fantasy (including children’s/YA fiction). Her novels are thoughtfully radical and remarkably well-written (particularly for genres … Continue reading
With interviews with Joss Whedon and the scriptwriters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Matthew Jackson looks at what made those scripts so special and the influence on writing for TV that this seminal programme has had.
Alexandra Campbell, PhD student at the University of Glasgow, succinctly reviews here what looks to be an essential contribution to the critical literature on the vampire in literature and other media: Aspasia Stephanou’s book, Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines, … Continue reading
In this essay, David Castillo and William Egginton give a very thoughtful politicised analysis of the meaning of vampires and zombies in contemporary society. A very useful adjunct to the themes discussed in the OGOM book.
Dale Townshend, University of Stirling, gives a thoughtfully analytical review of Elisabeth Bronfen’s Night Passages: Philosophy, Literature, Film, which itself looks a very interesting exploration of Gothic themes, in particular the image of Night, as the underside of Enlightenment in … Continue reading
An interview with Into the Woods screenwriter James Lapine on the new adaptation for cinema of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant revisioning of classic Grimms’ fairy tales.