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Whitby, Goth, and Steampunk

An incisive article here by Claire Nally of Northumbria University on the proliferation of subcultures around Goth and steampunk, focusing on Whitby (and a nod to OGOM collaborator Catherine Spooner’s work).

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‘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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Buffy singalong!

Devotees of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be aware of the many experiments with genre that the series carried out, most notably the musical episode ‘Once more with feeling’ (season 6, episode 7). The episode explores ideas of communication and … Continue reading

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Folk Horror Revival

Folk Horror is a category of Gothic which seems to be getting a lot of attention these days. There’s an exciting new web site, Folk Horror Revival, devoted to the topic, paying particular attention to the musical aspects of this … Continue reading

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Vampire Radio

Stuart Maconie has a whole show devoted to vampire-themed music today on BBC 6 Music! I’ve not listened to it yet, but it’s available for the next 29 days. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079vhq9

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Burn the Witch

I’ve just been alerted to this by a friend. The music alone is wonderful; the subject and the brilliant video make it a must for OGOM. We were chatting below about disco and Gothic; Sam commented there about folk Gothic … Continue reading

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Disco and Dystopia

With regard to Sam’s remarks on my previous post of a disco Walpurgisnacht, where we saw disco music as antithetical to Gothic, I was just reminded of this. It’s a dystopian Dr Moreau-like fantasy of science going wrong and mutating … Continue reading

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Disco Magic

But what I’m dancing to tonight, when I’m not swirling in the air on my besom, is this great generic mutation of Mussorgsky–very apt for the hedonism of the 1970s New York club scene.

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David Bowie, science, and Gothic absurdity

A few more Bowie-related links, here. Science Fiction is, one might say, a rationalising mode of the fantastic; SF motifs feature frequently in Bowie’s work from ‘Space Oddity’ to his penultimate single ‘Blackstar’ (the video of which combines elements of … Continue reading

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David Bowie, Neil Gaiman, Yoshitaka Amano

More on the interaction of David Bowie and fantastic literature. If Bowie’s various personae–the masks and images he was constantly recreating and presenting to an audience–can be seen as texts, then they lie in an intertextual relationship with a story … Continue reading

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