Tag Archives: Victorian Gothic

Horror in the Arts – Free Articles!

As what surely is a celebration of Gothtober and in order to give you something good to curl up with as the nights draw in, Routledge is offering two months of free access to their collection Horror in the Arts. … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic exhibition, John Rylands Library, Manchester

Being in the centre of Manchester for the first time in months, I thought I’d drop in to the beautiful Victorian neo-Gothic John Rylands Library and see the Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic exhibition. It’s very, very good, with … Continue reading

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Monstrous media/spectral subjects

Catherine Spooner, who has contributed to OGOM since the beginning, has co-edited a new collection of essays with Fred Botting: Monstrous media/spectral subjects: Imaging Gothic from the nineteenth century to the present (from Manchester University Press, who have an excellent Gothic … Continue reading

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OGOM meets Spring-Heeled Jack- the slides

Dr Karl Bell has very kindly forwarded the slides to his Spring-Heeled Jack talk and you can view them here:  Open Graves talk PP Kaja and I particularly enjoyed SHJ’s appearance on New Port Arch in Lincolnshire  (Lincoln is her home … Continue reading

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‘Spring-Heeled Jack and the ersatz Victorian Vampire’: Dr Karl Bell, 6th May, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Karl Bell will be in dialogue with OGOM on 6th May at the University of Hertfordshire where he will present his research into  Spring-Heeled Jack and the Victorian vampire myth. His talk is entitled: – ‘”His eyes resembled red … Continue reading

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Phantasmagoria : The Dark Side of the Light

A fascinating short film with Mervyn Heard on the spooky spectacle of the late eighteenth-century/early nineteenth-century phantasmagoria and its uncanny foreshadowings of cinematic thrills. If this whets your appetite, come to the OGOM Company of Wolves Conference in September–we will … Continue reading

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Lauren Owen, ‘Varney – the Forgotten Vampire’

Possibly the ancestor of ‘the sympathetic vampire’ who features in present-day paranormal romance, the nineteenth-century Varney the Vampire, serialised by Malcolm Rymer, is not perhaps as well known as he should be. Lauren Owen of Durham University gives a detailed … Continue reading

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‘The Terror of London’: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press, 29 January 2015, The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, London

Karl Bell gives a talk on Spring-heeled Jack, the monster of Victorian urban legend who was further disseminated by melodramas and penny dreadful, and perhaps fuelled the development of vampire fiction (through Varney and other figures). For more information, the … Continue reading

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CFP: Victorian Authenticity & Artifice, 13-15 July 2015, Senate House, London

A conference by the Victorian Popular Literature Association. There is certainly room for work on fiction of the undead and other allied and suitably Gothic themes in popular literature. The organisers invite a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation of the … Continue reading

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Alexandra Campbell, ‘Review: Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines’

Alexandra Campbell, PhD student at the University of Glasgow, succinctly reviews here what looks to be an essential contribution to the critical literature on the vampire in literature and other media: Aspasia Stephanou’s book, Reading Vampire Gothic Through Blood: Bloodlines, … Continue reading

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