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Zombies, Social Strata and Today's Fears

Even enduring entertainment reflects the era in which it was created, its concerns, its social structure, its sometimes-unspoken fears.

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The Crow Remake To Start Production In Spring 2015

The Crow Remake To Start Production In Spring 2015 | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The long-anticipated Crow remake may finally see flight.Crow producer Ed Pressman revealed this [...]
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In defence of horror | OUPblog

In defence of horror | OUPblog | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
A human eyeball shoots out of its socket, and rolls into a gutter. A child returns from the dead and tears the beating heart from his tormentor’s chest. A young man has horrifying visions of his mother’s decomposing corpse. A baby is ripped from its living mother’s womb. A mother tears her son to pieces, and parades around with his head on a stick.
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Anne Rice talks about reviving vampire creations in 'Prince Lestat'

Anne Rice talks about reviving vampire creations in 'Prince Lestat' | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
When Anne Rice published "Interview With the Vampire" in 1976, she didn't just launch her own vampire series — her sexy tragic vampire antiheroes launched an entirely new genre.
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Download The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Macabre Stories as Free eBooks & Audio Books

Download The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Macabre Stories as Free eBooks & Audio Books | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
With Halloween fast approaching, let us remind you that few American writers can get you into the existentially chilling spirit of this climatically chilling season than Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).
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Waking the (un)dead: Myths, monsters, and remaking a classic text | The Gothic Imagination

Waking the (un)dead: Myths, monsters, and remaking a classic text | The Gothic Imagination | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

When I published Murder at Mansfield Park in 2010 I did an interview about it on BBC radio, and I remember the almost breathless awe in the interviewer’s voice as she said, “This is your first novel, and you’re trying to write like Jane Austen?” Amazing though it may sound, that was the first time that it really came home to me what a mountainous task I’d set myself. Though I’d been under no illusions about how some readers might react to the idea of turning an Austen masterpiece into a murder mystery – there will always be some people who regard classic texts as sacred cows, never to be touched, let alone re-imagined as comprehensively as I had done. I can see where they’re coming from, of course, and there are things I would draw the line against myself (including alien invasions of Regency rectories). But if you draw the line too strictly, you restrict literature rather than protect it – a creative engagement with previous works has given us Virgil’s Aeneid, Joyce’s Ulysses, and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, to name but three examples, and we’d probably have only about two and a half Shakespeare plays without it. So I make no apology for taking previous novels as my inspiration, and hope – in my own small way – that in doing so I bring to them something new.

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Witchcraft- Explore our new FREE ACCESS Article Collection | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

Discover the wonders of witchcraft with this free online article collection. The articles delve deep into the origins of witchcraft and the myths that coincide with this much-debated topic.

Simply click on the article titles below to read them online today. The collection is freely available until 31st March, 2015.

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Wormwoodiana: R H BENSON (1871-1914)

Wormwoodiana: R H BENSON (1871-1914) | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it

Today marks the occasion of the centenary of the death of Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson (18 November 1871 – 19 October 1914), the author of several volumes of fantasies and ghost stories, notable for their perfervid vigour and swashbuckling invention. For a while a friend of Baron Corvo, his writing has some of the Corvine style and personal ardour, while for wild imagination and world-shattering vision, he is in the same range as M.P. Shiel. 

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Why Horror Matters, And What's Next For 'Penny Dreadful'

Why Horror Matters, And What's Next For 'Penny Dreadful' | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
In a year full of wonderful new shows, "Penny Dreadful" was one of the most pleasant surprises.

Perhaps "pleasant" isn't the right word: "Arresting," "energetic," "intense" and "heartbreaking...
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The love of all things creepy - how women were the early Goths

The love of all things creepy - how women were the early Goths | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
A new show at the British Library in London has surprises about women’s role in popularising characters like Dracula and Frankenstein, says Anna McKie
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10 Murderers Who Changed How We Investigate Murder

10 Murderers Who Changed How We Investigate Murder | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Ever since we realized that catching a malefactor wasn't as simple as throwing them in the water to see if they floated, we had to turn to science. And over the years, there have been some homicide cases that really changed things. Here are ten people whose killings paved the way to a new era in crime-solving.
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The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury | Tor.com

The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury | Tor.com | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
The latest news about Sci Fi and Fantasy culture including books, movies, games, art. Read short stories from top authors and join in the discussion!
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The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
From that famed night of ghost-stories in a Lake Geneva villa in 1816, as well as Frankenstein's monster, there arose that other great figure of 19th-century gothic fiction - the Vampire - a creation of Lord Byron's personal physician John Polidiri. Andrew McConnell Stott explores how a fractious relationship between Polidiri and his poet employer lies behind the tale, with Lord Byron himself providing a model for the blood-sucking aristocratic figure of the legend we are familiar with today.
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New Statesman | Strawberry Hill forever: Two presenters with a distinctly Gothic side

New Statesman | Strawberry Hill forever: Two presenters with a distinctly Gothic side | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Cruickshank seems unable to speak in anything other than an urgent whisper while Graham-Dixon has the kind of face that looks particularly good rounding the top of a stone spiral staircase on a cold March morning.
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Our Obsession With Bloody, Sensational Victorian Murder Trials

Our Obsession With Bloody, Sensational Victorian Murder Trials | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
They're riveting—but why?
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Dan Cruickshank's Gothic masterpieces

Dan Cruickshank's Gothic masterpieces | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Ahead of his new documentary Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain, the architectural historian takes a look at the best work of his subjects, the Gilbert Scott family
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50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time

50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because...
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No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire.
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"Then, a Hellbeast Ate Them": Notes on Horror Fiction and Expectations

"Then, a Hellbeast Ate Them": Notes on Horror Fiction and Expectations | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Halfway through Diane Cook’s magnificently unsettling collection Man V. Nature comes a story called “It’s Coming.” As accuracy in titles goes, this one’s spot-on: the story, told in the first perso...
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My hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman

My hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Gothic fiction had been all the rage for some time, but Shelley's Frankenstein still changed everything. By Neil Gaiman
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The Evolution of the Female Vampire

In this, my first post, I would like to take a brief look at the history and mythology of the female vampire.
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Penny Dreadful: dismembering and assembling the Victorian Gothic | Schlock Magazine

Penny Dreadful: dismembering and assembling the Victorian Gothic | Schlock Magazine | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
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Carry on Screaming - English and Drama blog

Carry on Screaming - English and Drama blog | Gothic Literature | Scoop.it
Autumn ushers in chill winds, falling leaves and lengthening shadows. Mornings and evenings are darker, mists become heavier, spiders scuttle from dark corners and carved pumpkins appear in windows as Halloween looms. All of which makes it the perfect time of year to talk about ghosts and vampires and things...
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'Reading the Vampire' Week 2: From the Peasant to the Aristocrat: the Birth of the Romantic/Byronic Vampire

Our second workshop tonight amidst yet more torrential rain. All the students arrived back for the second session (always a relief that they want to return). Our workshop texts were: Lord Byron, Au...
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