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Being Human: Gothic New Worlds Flash Fiction Competition

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Gothic New Worlds flash fiction competition and their winning entries. We hope you find them as delectable as we did. First Place: Barbara Brownie The Hardy Tree What are … Continue reading

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CFP – Special issue of Revenant Apocalyptic Waste: Studies in Environmental Threat and Nightmare Spaces

Call for Papers: Special issue of Revenant (www.revenantjournal.com) Apocalyptic Waste: Studies in Environmental Threat and Nightmare Spaces Deadline for Abstract Submissions: January 31st 2020 Contact E-mail: M.Crofts@hull.ac.uk Guest Editors: Matt Crofts and Layla Hendow, University of Hull. The post-apocalyptic wasteland … Continue reading

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OGOM: Supernatural St Albans Christmas Tour

Following the success of our Supernatural St Albans Hallowe’en Tour, and back by popular demand, we are undertaking our spook-tacular tour of St Albans as a festive treat on Saturday 8th December. Led by OGOM’s Dr Kaja Franck, the trip will … Continue reading

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My Favourite Werewolf Film: Hasting LitFest

Next weekend (30th August – 2nd September), I will be a guest speaker at Hastings LitFest. On Saturday 1st September, I’ll be introducing my favourite werewolf film in the world Ginger Snaps (2000) and then fielding a Q and A session afterwards. It … Continue reading

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CFP: Dolls, Robots, Automatons – The Artificial Body in Global Culture

At the IGA, the following CFP was brought to my attention. It looks to be incredibly interesting: ‘Dolls, Robots, Automatons – The Artificial Body in Global Culture International conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. 3rd to 5th December, 2018, … Continue reading

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Redeeming the Wolf / Reclaiming the (Were)Wolf

As I am sure you are aware, it’s only three days until our Being Human event, ‘Redeeming the Wolf: A Story of Persecution, Loss and Rediscover’. There’s still time to book if you wish to learn more about wolves. I … Continue reading

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The Franck Crucifix: A Case of Family Folklore

Last week, I was up (across?) in Worcestershire helping my parents move into their new home. Alongside the mammoth amount of unpacking, there was a chance to wander around the local community. Like many British towns, we found our fair … Continue reading

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The Cuckoo in the Nest: Changelings in YA Literature

‘Changelings. The eagerness of FAIRIES to possess themselves of human children is one of the oldest parts of the fairy beliefs and is a specific form of FAIRY THEFT. Mentions of the thefts of babies are to be found in … Continue reading

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Look out the window – it’s a Harvest Moon

If you haven’t already, I urge you to look outside at the full moon tonight. It’s a special one because for the first time since 2009 the Harvest Moon has fallen in October. The Harvest Moon is the full moon … Continue reading

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‘Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears’

Last year I was lucky enough to contribute to this wonderful project: Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears, edited by Matt Cardin. I’m delighted to say that it is being released today. … Continue reading

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