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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: See the Restored Version of the 1920 Horror Classic with Its Original Color Tinting

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: See the Restored Version of the 1920 Horror Classic with Its Original Color Tinting | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

In early 1920, posters began appearing all over Berlin with a hypnotic spiral and the mysterious command Du musst Caligari werden — “You must become Caligari.”

The posters were part of an innovative advertising campaign for an upcoming movie by Robert Wiene called The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. When the film appeared, audiences were mesmerized by Wiene’s surreal tale of mystery and horror. Almost a century later, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is still celebrated for its rare blending of lowbrow entertainment and avant-garde art. It is frequently cited as the quintessential cinematic example of German Expressionism, with its distorted perspectives and pervasive sense of dread.

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William Godwin’s Fleetwood: a full and proper madness | The Gothic Imagination

William Godwin’s Fleetwood: a full and proper madness | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

I would argue that Godwin’s third novel, Fleetwood: or, the New Man of Feeling (1805), is principally an attack on a Rousseauvian idea of education. Rousseau advocates teaching children through the events that occur around them. When these prove inadequate, Rousseau continues, the tutor should secretly conspire to create situations that should prove instructive. Godwin called Émile ‘a series of tricks, a puppet-show exhibition’ (The Enquirer, p.106). Reading both Godwin’s essays on education in The Enquirer (1797) andFleetwood side-by-side, the author clearly argues that while child-centred education is valuable, an education not based on honesty and transparency will render its subjects solipsistic.

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In Oxford with a Vampire Slaying Kit

In Oxford with a Vampire Slaying Kit | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Wonderful things are happening behind the scenes at OGOM. I am compelled to write about the vampire slaying kit I collected in Oxford. It dates back to around the time of British vampirologist Mont...
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Horror Grrrls – Offscreen

Horror Grrrls – Offscreen | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
An exploration of the feminist dynamics at play in the women in horror movement and how the films made by these women can be interpreted as cultural texts which subvert the genre’s norms to transmit a feminist message.
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LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN - New Blu Edition!

LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN - New Blu Edition! | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Bringing the award-winning documentary about H.P. Lovecraft back to Blu-ray!
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M.R. James and the Quantum Vampire | China Miéville

M.R. James and the Quantum Vampire | China Miéville | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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Folk Horror

Folk Horror | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Devoted to the uncanny genre of British folk horror in print, at the cinema and on television.
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving | Tor.com

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Read the entirety of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving for free on Tor.com.

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Interview: Year’s Best Weird Fiction | David Davis

Interview: Year’s Best Weird Fiction | David Davis | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Weird fiction finally has a best-of series. For the inaugural release this year of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, Weird Fiction Review decided to talk with series editorMichael Kelly and guest editor Laird Barron about their work. Year’s Best Weird Fiction will be a yearly publication from Undertow Publications (an imprint of ChiZine Publications) featuring the best weird fiction short stories of the previous year. It will feature a new guest editor each year.

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The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies

We are delighted to announce that Issue #13 of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies is now available online athttp://irishgothichorrorjournal.homestead.com/. Follow the links to download the PDF, and to explore previous issues in The Vault, along with short articles on the forgotten, neglected, or underrated personages of horror in the Lost Souls section.

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Bram Stoker Festival 2014 - Dublin's annual celebration of Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker Festival 2014 - Dublin's annual celebration of Bram Stoker | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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Children Of The Night: three films about early 80s Goth nightlife in the UK

Children Of The Night: three films about early 80s Goth nightlife in the UK | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Some Goths, chillin’, the 80s
 
Ah, if only time machines had been invented already. We would each be free to zip back and visit the desired nightclub/live venue/social scene of our choice, to revel in a world we can now only read, or dream, about. I’ve thought about this before, of course, and most of my preferred time travel destinations were located in and around New York City in the 70s and the 80s.

But there will be many for whom the bright, shiny lights of NYC hold no attraction, and who
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10 great horror films of the 21st century

10 great horror films of the 21st century | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
With the Cult section of the BFI London Film Festival offering a tasting menu of the some of the most striking new horror cinema, we got to thinking: what are the best horror films made since the year 2000?
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Eldritch Fruit: “The Color Out of Space” | Tor.com

Eldritch Fruit: “The Color Out of Space” | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The Lovecraft Reread: The Color Out of Space
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Lovecraft e o Sublime (João Pedro Bellas)

Lovecraft e o Sublime (João Pedro Bellas) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
"Nos estudos recentes sobre o pensamento e a ficção de H. P. Lovecraft um tema frequente diz respeito à influência que as teses do filósofo irlandês Edmund Burke acerca do sublime teriam exercido s...
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13 Absolutely Terrifying Serial Killers From Fiction

13 Absolutely Terrifying Serial Killers From Fiction | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
When I wrote Butterfly Skin (Titan Books, $14.95), a violent novel about a serial killer, his crimes and his love, readers and journalists asked me about my favorite serial-killer books. Really, Dostoevsky and George Bataille influenced me much more ...
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Paul Finch, Interviewed by Neil McRobert | The Gothic Imagination

Paul Finch, Interviewed by Neil McRobert | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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Canada Rediscovers the Mythos of the Franklin Expedition

Canada Rediscovers the Mythos of the Franklin Expedition | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The Franklin expedition has long provided the single most eventful mythological moment in Canada’s admittedly not-exactly-limitlessly mythologized history.
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Gothic Origins: Film, Fiction and History | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

Gothic Origins: Film, Fiction and History | Explore Taylor & Francis Online | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Our fascination with horror, the supernatural and the occult originates from references in early texts and historical artefacts. In the academic community, the study of film, fiction and history of the Gothic genre hails back to late Victorian times, where cultural shifts in politics, gender and forms of writing took place. 

This article collection from Routledge journals celebrates the works and wonders of the genre. From Bram Stoker's Dracula to Anne Radcliffe's female heroine in The Mysteries of Udolpho, these articles examine the origins of Gothic literature and film and the socio-cultural boundaries pushed as a result.

Read these articles free until the end of September 2014!

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The Children of the Night Award

The Children of the Night Award | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

The Children of the Night Award is awarded by The Dracula Society annually. Nominations are invited from our members at the beginning of every year for the best piece of literature published in the Gothic (including horror or supernatural) genre - novel, short story, or biography - during the previous year.

 

Nomination forms for this award are sent to all members, and all the accepted nominated works are then read and judged by an award subcommittee, whose volunteer members are selected by the Society Committee

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The House of Usher & the House of Poe: Celebrating 175 Years of Horror - Crisis Magazine

The House of Usher & the House of Poe: Celebrating 175 Years of Horror - Crisis Magazine | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Edgar Allan Poe. Enigmatic. Eccentric. Erratic. Melancholic. Alcoholic. Neurotic. But above all else, Fantastic. Throughout his 40 tormented years of life, Edgar Allan Poe was widely hailed as a genius for the black brilliance of his art. He is the undisputed master of the macabre and the father of the supernatural and psychological thriller. Conjured …
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How Medieval England looked 200 years ago

How Medieval England looked 200 years ago | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Here are fifteen beautiful images of castles, abbeys, cathedrals and other medieval sites around England created around the start of the 19th century
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Why ‘The Raven’ Endures: Notes on the Hypnotic Rhythm of Poe

Why ‘The Raven’ Endures: Notes on the Hypnotic Rhythm of Poe | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The Poet Edgar Allan Poe makes large claims for Poe�s poetry, thanks to his emphasis on rhythm over content, placing him at the center of nineteenth-century American poetry along with Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
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Christa Wojo's curator insight, September 18, 2:11 PM

I love writing and reading rhythmic poems.

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E-Gothic: Assemblage and Anxiety in the Networked World

This edited collection will explore and interrogate the Internet as a new, crucial medium for the culture of terror. The  ‘web’ is an anarchic zone in which new possibilities for the curation and performance of identity coincide with an advancing hyperconnectivity and the acceleration of informational transactions. In what ways, we are asking, has all of this been instrumental in the proliferation of an online Gothic culture? Despite the emancipating potential of web 2.0, new media platforms reiterate and redeploy essential Gothic states of uncertainty, disorientation and obscurity, generating equally new networks of unease. The apparently affirmative possibilities of the networked world – a heightened access to knowledge, the capacity to manufacture and control avatars of selfhood – also give way to fears about the extent to which the user not only navigates and manipulates the web, but is also caught up in its tissues, controlled by nets which are never fully knowable, the potentials of which can never be entirely transparent, or entirely predictable.

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The Literary Lycanthrope, or, How I Came to Love the Wolf

My research is on the literary lycanthrope and my thesis is entitled ‘The Development of the Literary Werewolf: language, subjectivity and animal/human boundaries’. In a nutshell then (and please bear in mind that it is almost impossible for any PhD student to summarise their research in fewer than 60,000-80,000 words) I discuss how the introduction and representation of the werewolf in English Literature is influenced by the mythologising of the wolf in folklore, science and fairytales. My aim is to show how the ‘Gothicising’ of nature – and wolves are exemplars of this – has maintained boundaries between humans and animals based on ideas regarding language and subjectivity. I open with discussions regarding the tropes of Victorian werewolf stories and then use Dracula as a way of cementing my argument on the creation of a Gothic nature by reading Count Dracula as werewolf.

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The Three Dungeons of St. Leon | The Gothic Imagination

The Three Dungeons of St. Leon | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

St. Leon, A Tale of the Sixteenth Century (1799) is the second of Godwin’s major novels. Unlike the relatively down-to-earth narrative of Caleb Williams, St. Leon is a story of the fantastic. The disgraced noble of the title is entrusted with the secrets of alchemy; able to create gold seemingly from nothing and to preserve his youth eternally, through the application of formulae taught to him by a mysterious stranger. Despite the protagonist’s best intentions, unlimited wealth brings him more grief than happiness. St. Leon’s efforts to help others are invariably stymied or perverted, either by the corrupting influence of wealth itself, or by others’ distrust (or even outright hatred) of altruism.

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