Monthly Archives: August 2016

‘The Gothic North’ Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 22 October 2016

Sam and I are both delighted to be presenting papers at this fabulous ‘Gothic North’ symposium at MMU’s Centre for Gothic Studies in October; the schedule is now up here. There is a wide range of papers on all conceivable … Continue reading

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Shapeshifters, female geeks, and exotic mathematics

A good article on ‘The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy‘ by N.K. Jesmin, reviewing some exciting new fantasy/SF novels and a collection of essays on geek feminism.

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Eric Stenbock, ‘The True Story of A Vampire’

I must confess to not having heard of the gay Estonian decadent writer Eric Stenbock. And I’ve forgotten who alerted me to this on Facebook (so apologies for not paying acknowledgement).  He does sound rather fascinating, though, and here’s his … Continue reading

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Cultural Afterlives of Frankenstein

Great post by Megen de Bruin-Molé–Cultural Afterlives of Frankenstein–on why works last and the enduring nature of the Frankenstein myth, traced from Mary Shelley’s novel through its myriad descendants and adaptations.

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A Guide to Ancient Magic

A fascinating, though brief, article from the Smithsonian on ancient spells and curses from Sumeria, Greece, and Rome

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CFA: Death in Supernatural (edited collection)

Just a few days left to respond to this call for articles here for an edited collection with Mcfarland on Death in Supernatural Editors Taylor and Nylander seek original essays for an edited collection exploring the the nature of death … Continue reading

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Kubo and the Two Strings

A review and trailer here for the forthcoming stop-motion animated fantasy film, Kubo and the Two Strings, from the same studio that created Coraline. It looks wonderful, and draws, apparently, on Grimms’ tales and Japanese folklore.

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Women and Speculative Fiction

Here are two more inspiring reading lists: one of women writers of speculative fiction in translation; one of space operas (typically, a very male genre) written by women.

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The Lost Boys — TV series

I like the concept of this forthcoming adaptation of Joel Schumacher’s classic 1980s vampire film, The Lost Boys as a TV series, described here.

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New YA and Fantasy Fiction

Two excellent lists here of recent and forthcoming YA fiction, most which appear to be fantastic and with strands of paranormal romance. Many are reworkings of fairy tales or classic narratives–a mode which OGOM is much fascinated by. I have … Continue reading

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