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Halloween spirits: literature's haunted houses

Halloween spirits: literature's haunted houses | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

From Poe, King and Lovecraft to Woolf, Wharton and even Ali Smith, there's a long list of authors who've lurked in the literary shadow of the haunted house. So what's the explanation for such settings' continued power and popularity?

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South African Gothic | The Gothic Imagination

South African Gothic | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

It is at this point, perhaps, that we might begin to see a connection between the Gothic and South African literature from the last three decades. This is the period during which apartheid – the country’s policy of institutionalised racism – faltered amidst equal measures of hope, desolation and violence, and finally fell in the 1994 triumph of democracy over oppression. Although the ruin of the old regime marks the beginning of legislated freedom and equality in the country, it was also to generate, perhaps paradoxically, its own powerful brands of unease and frustration amongst South Africa’s people. ‘The momentum of change carries with it anxieties’ (2002; 279), Fred Botting reminds us, and this thought is reiterated with specific reference to the South African context by Clingman in his recent essay: ‘But who in the earlier years could have foreseen the latter?’ he asks of the fraught time leading up to liberation, ‘And who in the latter years would have escaped the trauma and after images of the former? The South African world during these years was so foreboding that cataclysm was as easily imaginable an outcome as peace’

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Signed copy of Frankenstein found by chance sells for over £350,000 - Telegraph

Signed copy of Frankenstein found by chance sells for over £350,000 - Telegraph | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
A signed copy of the Gothic horror Frankenstein which was found by chance has sold for at least £350,000.
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Edgar Allan Poe and the Cult of the Unusual | Tor.com

Edgar Allan Poe and the Cult of the Unusual | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Praising Poe on what would have been his 204th Birthday!
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Was ‘Frankenstein’ Really About Childbirth?

Was ‘Frankenstein’ Really About Childbirth? | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

The last notes that Wollstonecraft wrote to Godwin are included in the exhibition“Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet,” which began last year at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and has now come to the New York Public Library. On display are numerous artifacts both personal and literary from the lives of the Shelleys, including manuscript pages from the notebook in which Mary wrote Frankenstein (with editing in the margins by her husband), which have never before been shown publicly in the United States. But it was Wollstonecraft’s scribbled note, in which she referred to her baby as “the animal”— the same word that the scientist in Frankenstein would use to describe his own notorious creation—that gave me pause. Could the novel—commonly understood as a fable of masculine reproduction, in which a man creates life asexually—also be a story about pregnancy?

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Wide Open Fear: Australian Horror and Gothic Fiction

Wide Open Fear: Australian Horror and Gothic Fiction | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

In her introduction to Australis Imaginarium (2010), Tehani Wessely succinctly summarises an idea that has become something of a truism when it comes to discussing horror and dark fantasy stories with Australian settings:

There’s simply something about the vastness of this land and the many weird, wild and dangerous creatures that populate it that lends itself to terrifying tales.

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The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker (Excerpt) by John Edgar Browning | Tor.com

The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker (Excerpt) by John Edgar Browning | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Check out this excerpt from The Lost Writings of Bram Stoker, edited by John Edgar Browning, out on December 24.
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Eat me, drink me, love me: The dangers of eating in Gothic texts | The Gothic Imagination

Eat me, drink me, love me: The dangers of eating in Gothic texts | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
In exploring the idea of the Gothic body, Steven Bruhm points out that we are presented with an excessive display of a reminder of the body’s fragility. He refers to starvation as an example of this. The Gothic has long been regarded by theorists as the location for the repressed or for that which has been purged from normality. For these reasons, it is the perfect location for weird or excessive appetites. Uncontrollable appetite is repulsive and taboo. It reminds us of our animalistic selves and incites a level of horror and fascination that is relished in Gothic texts and by readers of the Gothic. I am going to look at a random selection of texts where food consumption and appetite are punishable or dangerous or veer into the taboo or terrifying. Food and its preparation have often been deemed part of the private, feminine sphere of culture. While other genres do explore the symbolism of food in familial or cultural gatherings, Gothic texts accord a power to all things oral that suggests something much deeper and darker is going on in our dealings with what we put in our mouths.
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You Don’t Know Poe: 10 Weird Things About Edgar Allan Poe | Tor.com

You Don’t Know Poe: 10 Weird Things About Edgar Allan Poe | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
While historical figures being liberally interpreted as action-oriented, larger than life figures is common these days (How many vampires did Abraham Lincoln really hunt?), how much do you really know about Edgar Allan Poe?

Here are 10 factoids from the former head docent of the Edgar Allan Poe cottage. Perhaps they will change your view of Poe... evermore.

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Discovered: Lord Byron's Copy Of Frankenstein

Discovered: Lord Byron's Copy Of Frankenstein | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

A copy of Frankenstein that belonged to Lord Byron and features an inscription by Mary Shelley has been discovered in a family library - is expected to sell for £400,000 at auction.

The copy of the best known fiction of the Romantic era had lain untouched for more than 50 years in the library of Lord Jay, the economist and Labour politician. His grandson Sammy, was sorting through his political papers for the archives of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, when he made the discovery.

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The Forgotten Gothic

At long last this edition of Gothic short stories from British literary annuals will arrive on September 30, 2012. It’s been 4 years of much work in obtaining all 95 short stories from the most popular literary annuals published in London 1823-1831. The volume includes engravings and all original page numbers to facilitate further work on this almost-invisible set of fiction.

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The Afterlife of Shelley and Frankenstein

The Afterlife of Shelley and Frankenstein | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

What makes a monster? What is it like living on the margins of society? Is technology inherently good or bad? These questions guided Mary Shelley 200 years ago as she wrote her classic novel Frankenstein — they remain just as relevant today. The second edition of Biblion explores the connections between Shelley’s time and our own, showing how the classics resonate throughout society and the breadth of NYPL’s offerings.

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Gothic Coleridge – part the second | The Gothic Imagination

Gothic Coleridge – part the second | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

This post is the second part of my write-up of the Coleridge Summer Conference. Vying in dilatoriness with the man himself, this will now be part two of three – my excuse, a 21st century Porlock syndrome in the form of jetlag from a (literal) flight to China. So:

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In search of a very British, and rural, kind of horror

In search of a very British, and rural, kind of horror | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Tom Cox: From a candlelight reading of MR James's ghost stories in a chapel, to visits to the locations of classic films and TV dramas, I've been on a journey to the darker side of East Anglia
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Horror Writers Association Blog » Blog Archive » The 2012 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

Horror Writers Association Blog » Blog Archive » The 2012 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Preliminary Ballots for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 800 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987.

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Visiting Edgar Allan Poe In Baltimore

Visiting Edgar Allan Poe In Baltimore | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
For decades, the notorious "Poe Toaster" would arrive at the Baltimore grave of Edgar Allan Poe with cognac and three roses on the day of Poe's birth, January 19.
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Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated

Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Literature and the visual arts have fed off of each other for as long as the two have existed. It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that the evocative imagery of the works of Edgar Allan Poe have been complemented with illustrations numerous times in their publication history.

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Hugo Gonzalez's curator insight, March 20, 2014 1:11 PM

When it comes to writing, reading old literature from these deceases writer really helps.  It may be old but it can teach a writer a thing or two about making a paper more fascinating.  It can create a imagery if the words are visual instead of just spoken.

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Sam Mendes and Skyfall writer John Logan to make new Gothic TV series | The Gothic Imagination

Sam Mendes and John Logan are set to make Gothic television history with a new Penny Dreadful series for America’s Showtime. A ‘psychosexual’ drama set in Victorian London promises to bring us the Gothic greats, Frankenstein, Dracula and Dorian Gray among others. I can already hear the groan of some Gothic scholars at this highly predictable choice of characters for the series but with their popularity of over 100 years who are we to argue with that?

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H.P. Lovecraft-Themed Convention Featured on Kickstarter - GalleyCat

A group of H.P. Lovecraft fans have raised more than $35,000 for their Providence-based convention, NecronomiCon. The money will be used for printing promotional materials, advertising and securing venues for this event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

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Resurrected: Dracula author Bram Stoker's first attempts at Gothic horror

Resurrected: Dracula author Bram Stoker's first attempts at Gothic horror | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
For more than a hundred years the name Count Dracula has struck a chill into the hearts of readers. The original Bram Stoker novel has spawned countless imitation stories and a rich tradition of vampire films that still thrill audiences today.

Now, in the centenary year of the author's death, a discovery of lost work by him has shed fresh light on a great horror masterpiece. An American author has unearthed writings by the Irish novelist that were published more than a century ago in periodicals that have long since disappeared, some of which give new insights into his 1897 story of the bloodsucking count.
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Robert Louis Stevenson: a life in pictures

Robert Louis Stevenson: a life in pictures | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Today is the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Louis Stevenson, celebrated author of (among others) Treasure Island, Kidnapped! and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde. Stevenson's home city of Edinburgh is marking the occasion with its second ever Robert Louis Stevenson day; if you can't make the celebrations, take a look instead at our gallery of photographs from the author's life

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Gothic Readings in the Dark

Gothic Readings in the Dark | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

This blog is intended as a non-formal space for the free sharing of information, reviews, summaries, research notes and analyses of gothic, Victorian gothic, neo-gothic, fantastic, fantasy, sentimental and sensation fiction. The purpose of this space is to find and examine a wide variety of texts, to compare them or put them in relation to the gothic genre, and to re-examine or re-define gothic from different perspectives. It also contains articles on topics that link contemporary literary, artistic or social manifestations with themes that can be found in the gothic genre of the origins.

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The Gothic Wanderer

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From the horrors of sixteenth century Italian castles to twenty-first century plagues, from the French Revolution to the liberation of Libya, Tyler R. Tichelaar takes readers on far more than a journey through literary history. The Gothic Wanderer is an exploration of man’s deepest fears, his efforts to rise above them for the last two centuries, and how he may be on the brink finally of succeeding. Whether it’s seeking immortal life, the fabulous philosopher’s stone that will change lead into gold, or human blood as a vampire, or coping with more common “transgressions” like being a woman in a patriarchal society, being a Jew in a Christian land, or simply being addicted to gambling, the Gothic wanderer’s journey toward damnation or redemption is never dull and always enlightening.

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Gothic realism in the here and now: haunted houses of a dead boom

Gothic realism in the here and now: haunted houses of a dead boom | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

At the heart of the gothic is the haunted house. And it is almost impossible to avoid haunted houses in Irish visual culture right now. There are, in the DNA of Irish literature and art, three kinds of haunted house. There’s the big house: literally haunted in, for example, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; metaphorically so in the 20th-century traditions where, for example, the main characters of Aidan Higgins’s Langrishe, Go Down are like ghosts that haunt their own lives. There’s the abandoned house, the half-derelict building left behind by mass emigration, so spine-tinglingly evoked by the poet Derek Mahon.

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Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #9 — Margaret Irwin

Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #9 — Margaret Irwin | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site.

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