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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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On Edgar Allan Poe by Marilynne Robinson

On Edgar Allan Poe by Marilynne Robinson | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Edgar Allan Poe was and is a turbulence, an anomaly among the major American writers of his period, an anomaly to this day. He both amazed and antagonized his contemporaries, who could not dismiss him from the first rank of writers, though many felt his work to be morally questionable and in dubious taste, and though he scourged them in print regularly in the course of producing a body of criticism that is sometimes flatly vindictive and often brilliant.
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Death in the city: the grisly secrets of dealing with Victorian London's dead

Death in the city: the grisly secrets of dealing with Victorian London's dead | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
In this extract from his new book Dirty Old London, Lee Jackson investigates a much-overlooked aspect of the city’s 19th-century filth problem: the human corpse
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Locus Online News » 2014 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot

Locus Online News » 2014 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

The 2014 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot has been announced by the Horror Writers Association. 

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Antes de Otranto: apontamentos para uma pré-história do Gótico na literatura (Aparecido Donizete Rossi)

Antes de Otranto: apontamentos para uma pré-história do Gótico na literatura (Aparecido Donizete Rossi) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
"Partindo-se da observação de Ariovaldo Vidal, em sua apresentação à tradução brasileira de O castelo de Otranto, na qual o crítico afirma que as raízes do Gótico estavam espalhadas pela história l...
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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
In praise of Edgar Allan Poe, born this day in 1809.
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Too Much Horror Fiction: Throwback Thursday: H.P. Lovecraft and the Parody of Religion

Too Much Horror Fiction: Throwback Thursday: H.P. Lovecraft and the Parody of Religion | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination | The Gothic Imagination

A Collaborative Review of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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Seven Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems

Seven Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
There may be no more a macabrely misogynistic sentence in English literature than Edgar Allan Poe’s contention that “the death… of a beautiful woman” is “unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.” (His perhaps ironic observation prompted Sylvia Plath to write, over a hundred years later, “The woman is perfected / Her dead / Body wears the smile of accomplishment.”) The sentence comes from Poe’s 1846 essay “The Philosophy of Composition,” and if this work were only known for its lite
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Carmilla: the most ambiguous female vampire in fiction?

Carmilla: the most ambiguous female vampire in fiction? | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Listened to the thrilling Dramatisation of Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' on Radio 4 Extra tonight by candlelight whilst the wind howled outside and I contemplated my pile of marking. Love the ending of this...
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Interview with Thomas Grip, creator of the Lovecraftian games "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" and "SOMA"

Interview with Thomas Grip, creator of the Lovecraftian games "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" and "SOMA" | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Best known for their 2010 hit "Amnesia: The Dark Descent". Curious to know more about the influence of Lovecraft on "Penumbra", "Amnesia" and on their upcoming game "SOMA", I got in touch with Fri...
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Gothic in Night on Bald Mountain (1940)

Gothic in Night on Bald Mountain (1940) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
As part of our Contemporary Media and the Gothic series, Stephanie Gallon looks at the Gothic influences of a Disney short. Stephanie is an MA English student. Her interest in the Gothic is werewol...
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The Gothic Novel

The Gothic Novel | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

New books list for December is out now, with (among other things) many additions to our collection of Gothic Fiction. 

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the birth of modern science

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the birth of modern science | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Author Suzanne Burdon argues that Frankenstein can teach us a lot about science’s early optimism.
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University of Pennsylvania Taking Serious Look at Ghost Hunting

University of Pennsylvania Taking Serious Look at Ghost Hunting | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
On September 12, 2013, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) posted an announcement that it had recently “become a center for research on ghosts”. The Ivy
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Finalists for the 2015 Edgar Awards are announced

Finalists for the 2015 Edgar Awards are announced | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The Mystery Writers of America have announced the finalists for the 2015 Edgars , or more formally, the Edgar Allen Poe Awards. The awards, which celebrate writing for print and screen, will be presented at a gala ceremony in New York on April 29.
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"A Terrible Evil": Edgar Allan Poe Writes About His Wife's Illness and Death

"A Terrible Evil": Edgar Allan Poe Writes About His Wife's Illness and Death | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

In a passage buried deep in this long letter full of business chatter and gossip, Edgar Allan Poe recounts the story of his wife Virginia’s 1847 death from tuberculosis and describes his own desperate reaction.

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An Interview with Dr Dale Townshend

An Interview with Dr Dale Townshend | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The blog admin interviewed Dr Dale Townshend. Dr Townshend is a Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Stirling and the director of the renowned MLitt The Gothic Imagination. He also worke...
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The Weird Thoreau - The New Yorker

The Weird Thoreau - The New Yorker | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
If Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy has a moral, it has to do with the dignity of the search for even partial truth.
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Exploration of the Lovecraftian Universe with the Use of Modern Physics: Mi-Go!

Exploration of the Lovecraftian Universe with the Use of Modern Physics: Mi-Go! | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
This article is a brief examination of some of the unique concepts and ideas founds in Lovecraft’s stories and how they relate to modern physics.
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Percepções da história e da crítica literárias acerca dos desdobramentos do Gótico na literatura brasileira do século XIX e o despontar do século XX (Maurício César Menon)

Percepções da história e da crítica literárias acerca dos desdobramentos do Gótico na literatura brasileira do século XIX e o despontar do século XX (Maurício César Menon) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
"Nas últimas décadas parece estar surgindo um interesse maior em torno do estudo da literatura gótica e de seus desmembramentos, como a literatura de terror e a de horror, bem como da forma como se...
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The Female Spectre in Literature - Ghost Story Writer

The Female Spectre in Literature - Ghost Story Writer | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The Female Spectre in Literature A Critical Essay by The Ghost Story Writer “When a woman is full of resentment, she will bring frost in June.”[1] The above statement is a phrase used to describe the motivations of female characters or ghosts in various horror or gothic films, usually Korean ghost stories. However, it can be said to be true ...
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As ligações criminais do gótico (Julio Jeha)

As ligações criminais do gótico  (Julio Jeha) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
"Gótico e ficção de crime se encontram unidos desde a origem e apenas o racionalismo de críticos modernistas os separou no século XX. Este artigo busca mostrar essa ligação por meio da análise de t...
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Cannibalism and H.P. Lovecraft

Cannibalism and H.P. Lovecraft | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Cannibalism is considered one of the more abhorrent acts by humans and HPL has utilized this concept in a number of his tales. While briefly cited in stories such as “The Lurking Fear” and “Herbert...
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