Monthly Archives: June 2016
Following my recent post on folk horror and the appearance earlier this year of the Hull Werewolf Old Stinker, who sparked a folk panic in the UK, stories are breaking that a legendary Chupacabra has been caught and killed in the Ukraine … Continue reading
On Saturday my partner and I adopted two kittens from Mitcham Cats Protection league. On our arrival we were asked if we had any preference to the appearance of the cats we were going to adopt. Our answer was no. … Continue reading
What a fabulous conference Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil at the University of Sheffield was! Brilliant organisation by the wonderful Angela Wright and Madeleine Callaghan. I’m feeling that post-conference melancholy. Met some great new people and caught up with … Continue reading
I am increasingly intrigued by ‘folk horror’ and it was one of the sections in the British Library’s Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition that I spent longest pondering over. The BFI’s recent article is a must read therefore, … Continue reading
The marvellous Marcus Sedgwick, prize-winning YA and children’s novelist, has a new novel, Saint Death; an extract features here. I’m not sure whether this is in the Gothic or fantastic mode (though the title suggests Gothic undertones) like many of … Continue reading
A very interesting essay by China Miéville on the dark side of the picturesque and English landscape in children’s literature.
A piece on Tessa Farmer’s grotesquely Gothic tableaux of some very unpleasant fairies, constructed from insect parts. I find this fascinating and darkly humorous–but very creepy!
CFP: Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings, Queen’s University Belfast, 7-8 April 2017
This looks a great conference, with themes very much at the heart of OGOM research (I’m particularly interested in contemporary reworkings of fairy tale, and Sam’s modules explore this too): Call for papers for a conference at Queen’s University Belfast: … Continue reading
An interesting article, ‘Follow the breadcrumbs: why fairytales are magic for modern fiction‘, by Lincoln Michel (author of Upright Beasts). It discusses from a writer’s perspective the opportunities that modern reworkings of fairy tales have as an alternative to straightforward … Continue reading
The Future of Gothic Studies, Centre for the History of the Gothic, University of Sheffield, 8 July 2016
This networking day at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for the History of the Gothic looks well worth attending: The Centre for the History of the Gothic is pleased to host a networking day for postgraduates, early career researchers, and academic … Continue reading