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OGOM Halloween Countdown: 31 Days of Spookiness

Those who believe that the spirit world and the living world co-exist, always hidden from each other, will see the barrier between them open in the witching hour. Here at OGOM we are leaving the doors of perception open. We … Continue reading

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Gothic Times 26 October 2019

In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, with Trump in the White House and Brexit on the horizon, Angela Carter’s famous assertion of 1974 that ‘we live in Gothic times’ has never been more apt. But from the eighteenth … Continue reading

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CFPs: Cine-excess, tales of terror, performing fairy

1. Cine Excess XIII: Independent Visions of Excess, 7-9 November 2019, Birmingham City University. Deadline: 6 September 2019 For its 13th annual edition, Cine Excess focuses on independent visions of excess and the contribution of independent filmmakers working outside of the mainstream … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) and OGOM 2020

Next year will be the tenth anniversary of the OGOM Project. Sam and I are working on something very special and magical for our celebrations and 2020 conference. All will be revealed soon but some of our background research involved … Continue reading

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IGA2018: Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals

A huge thank you to all the organisers of the International Gothic Association 2018 conference, held at Manchester Metropolitan University. And thanks to all who attended OGOM’s Ambiguous Creatures and Ambivalent Morals panel and to all the lovely and inspiring … 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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The Cottingley Fairies: 100 Years On, University of Bradford, 1 July 2017

Talks on the Cottingley Fairies, the photographs of which in 1917 convinced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others of their existence. John Hyatt, musician, artist, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of ART LABS at LJMU; children’s author Vivian French; … Continue reading

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Beasts of the Forest: Denizens of the Dark Woods

One of the emails I received over the holiday period was an invitation to be a plenary speaker at an interdisciplinary symposium at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, which will explore the representation of forests and their more sinister inhabitants … Continue reading

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Maggie Stiefvater in interview

The fabulous Maggie Stiefvater (author of the YA werewolf The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, which begins with the wonderful Shiver; of two faerie paranormal romances; and, more recently, the Raven King series) has been in the UK this week. … Continue reading

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Tessa Farmer’s fairy taxidermy

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!

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