Category Archives: OGOM Research

Werewolves and the Gothic: In Search of the Spectre Wolf (22nd October 2022 – London Month of the Dead)

London Month of the Dead is an annual festival of death and the arts supporting London’s magnificent seven cemeteries:  Kensal Green (1832); West Norwood (1837); Highgate (1839); Abney Park (1840); Nunhead (1840); Brompton (1840); Tower Hamlets (1841). The programme this … Continue reading

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In Our Time – Polidori’s ‘The Vampyre’

It’s the Year of the Vampire! A good time to share vampiric projects. In April 2022 I was excited to be a guest on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time alongside Martin Rady (University College London) and Prof. Nick Groom … Continue reading

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RIP Anne Rice (1941–2021)

I’ve left this a bit late, I know, but I want to express our mourning over Anne Rice, who died 11 December 2021. Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire (1976) is, as I’m sure you’ll know, a pivotal moment in … Continue reading

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Lady Caroline Lamb (13 November 1785–25 January 1828) – Byronic vampires and romance

Lady Caroline Lamb, whose birthday it would have been on 13 November (I’m a bit late!), famously judged Lord Byron ‘Mad, bad, and dangerous’, having had a brief and tempestuous affair with him. This relationship inspired her novel Glenarvon (1816), … Continue reading

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Fairies weren’t always cute – they used to drink human blood and kidnap children

Sam George, University of Hertfordshire When most people think about fairies, they perhaps picture the sparkling Tinker Bell from Peter Pan or the other heartwarming and cute fairies and fairy godmothers that populate many Disney movies and children’s cartoons. But … Continue reading

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CoronaGothic: Cultures of the Pandemic

‘CoronaGothic’, Critical Quarterly 62.4 (2020), ed. by Prof William Hughes and Prof Nick Groom from the University of Macau, arrived in this morning’s post. Thank you to all who contributed to this ground-breaking discussion from a symposium organised by @UMGothic … Continue reading

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BAME Gothic Studies – PhD funding opportunity

OGOM’s recent ‘The Black Vampyre and Other Creations: Gothic Visions of New Worlds’ event, which took place as part of the nationwide Being Human festival, was a huge success. ‘The Black Vampyre’ (1819) itself is a rather odd and ambivalent … Continue reading

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A Spooky True Story for Halloween with a Hertfordshire link

A short article by Daisy Butcher ‘The Death of Marie Emily ‘Netta’ Fornario in 1929′ Marie Emily ‘Netta’ Fornario was born in 1897 in Cairo to an Italian doctor and English mother. Her mother died while she was still an … Continue reading

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The Coffin Boffin’s Choice of Vintage Vampire Shorts

Here, in all their beauty and glory are my pick of the greatest vintage vampire shorts; seductive and predatory, terrifying and comic, vital and metaphoric, doomed and daring! View Post

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America’s first vampire was Black and revolutionary – it’s time to remember him

Article by Sam George, University of Hertfordshire The Black Vampyre is an early literary example of an argument for emancipation of slaves. Thomas Nast/Harper’s Weekly/The Met In April of 1819, a London periodical, the New Monthly Magazine, published The Vampyre: … Continue reading

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