Monthly Archives: March 2015

CFP: Reimagining the Gothic: An Interdisciplinary Showcasing Event, University of Sheffield, 9 May 2015

An invitation to present critical papers or creative work on the Gothic. Sheffield Gothic would like to announce an interdisciplinary showcasing event and symposium on the theme of Re-Imagining the Gothic. We aim to explore how the Gothic can be … Continue reading

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Film and Fairy Tale

The reinvention of fairy tale through literary and cinematic adaptation is a whole area of debate in itself. These three pieces look at different aspects of film versions of fairy tales: first, ‘The 25 Best Live-Action Fairy Tale Movies Ever, … Continue reading

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Werewolves in the woods – a 12th century account of strange happenings on the borders of Meath

An eerie mediaeval Irish werewolf tale from Gerald of Wales, The History and Topography of Ireland.

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Prince Lestat: A New Era for the Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice

Leigh McLennon reviews Anne Rice’s return to The Vampire Chronicles with Prince Lestat, asking how Rice has adapted her vampires to suit the changed social conditions since the series began.

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Barry Forshaw ‘Sex and Death: Vampires from Coleridge to Hammer’

Instructive extract from Barry Forshaw’s British Gothic Cinema on the vampire theme in Gothic fiction from Coleridge’s ‘Christabel’ through ‘Carmilla’ and dracula to its incarnation in cinema.

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Is Your Supernatural Spirit Animal a Vampire or a Werewolf?

Perhaps the biggest division between scholars and fans of paranormal romance is that over vampires versus werewolves. Take this quiz and find out who you are. It’s incredibly scientific and accurate, as demonstrated by its assuring me that I am … Continue reading

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Folklore and Modern Irish Writing, by Anne Markey and Anne O’Connor

This book on Irish folklore and modern Irish writing looks very useful for those who, like myself, are fascinated by the way that folk tales can be endlessly reworked to give contemporary significance to old narrative structures and content.

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Young Adult Literature Convention, London, July 2015

This looks an exciting convention on YA and children’s Literature–part of the London Film and Comic Con. Of special interest is that Cassandra Clare, author of the splendid Mortal Instruments YA paranormal romance series (and its clockpunk prequel, the Infernal … Continue reading

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How our zombie obsession explains our fear of globalisation

Jospeh Gillings in a thoughtful piece that sees the current appeal of zombie fiction in the context of the helplessness felt in the face of the lawless nature of present-day capitalism. I would want to qualify the use of ‘globalisation’ … Continue reading

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Phantasmagoria : The Dark Side of the Light

A fascinating short film with Mervyn Heard on the spooky spectacle of the late eighteenth-century/early nineteenth-century phantasmagoria and its uncanny foreshadowings of cinematic thrills. If this whets your appetite, come to the OGOM Company of Wolves Conference in September–we will … Continue reading

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