Weekend Classes – 15th and 16th May

This weekend we’re joined by two great speakers. If you’d like to sign up for the classes (for free), you can do so here On Saturday, we’re joined by Susanne Schwertfeger for a class on ‘Illustrating the ‘Gothic Canon’ – Between Adaption and Invention’ On Sunday 16th, we’re joined by Vicky Brewster to talk aboutContinue reading “Weekend Classes – 15th and 16th May”

Weekend Classes – 8th and 9th May

This weekend we’re joined by two excellent speakers to talk about two very different topics indeed! You can sign up here for free. You can support the project here (one-off or monthly) and links will be provided to support the speakers individually. On Saturday 8th, we’re joined at 10am and 6pm BST by Neil CocksContinue reading “Weekend Classes – 8th and 9th May”

The Society for Real Vampires present the authentic Guide to Vampirism

The recent publication of Byronic Vampire Society’s ‘Guide to Becoming a Gothic Vampire‘ is a step too far in that society’s egregious attempts to overturn the time-honoured traditions of vampirism. While they may glory in ‘sex-appeal’, a ‘brooding mystique’ and ‘finding meaning’, they reject the very essence of our existence. A grievous insult to ourContinue reading “The Society for Real Vampires present the authentic Guide to Vampirism”

‘Political Vampires’ from The London Magazine – 1732

This short passage is an early piece detailing some of the information about the famed Arnold Paole case. It is perhaps just as interesting for the insight it gives us into exactly how long vampyres have been read or used as political metaphors. We can also the beginnings of the link between the vampiric figureContinue reading “‘Political Vampires’ from The London Magazine – 1732”

Extract on vampires from ‘The Travels of Three Gentleman’ 1733 (published 1745)

This extract is from ‘The Travels of Three English Gentlemen, from Venice to Hamburgh, being the grand Tour of Germany, in the Year 1734. MS Never before published. A Journey from Goritia to Laubach, or Lubianz, the Metropolis of Carniola’ which was first published as part of the Harleian Miscellany collection in The Harleain MiscellanyContinue reading “Extract on vampires from ‘The Travels of Three Gentleman’ 1733 (published 1745)”

Extract on ‘vampires’ from ‘The Antidote to Atheisme’ – Henry More – 1653 (1655 edition)

This extracts is taken from the 1655 edition of The Antidote to Atheism which adds extra material. It involves some elements we might now consider standard and an unusual transformation. Again, the term ‘vampire’ is not used but this text provides an early model of a walking corpse/corporeal ghost which follows the same pattern asContinue reading “Extract on ‘vampires’ from ‘The Antidote to Atheisme’ – Henry More – 1653 (1655 edition)”

Extract on vampires from ‘The Present State of the Greek and Arminian Churches’ (Paul Ricault – 1679

The term ‘vampire’ is not used in the original, however, this is a model of vampirism which will be referenced frequently in 18th and 19th century texts and is an interesting insight into an early communication of the idea (vampire as the result of religious Excommunication specifically in a Greek Orthodox context) to an anglophoneContinue reading “Extract on vampires from ‘The Present State of the Greek and Arminian Churches’ (Paul Ricault – 1679”

Weekend Classes 1st and 2nd May

Sign up here On May 1st, Kristy Strange will be talking to us about ‘Ecofeminism and the Anthropocene in contemporary Female Gothic’ This study examines the theory of Simon C. Estok’s theory of ecophobia – an idea rooted in the anthropocentric and androcentric fear of a threatening and vengeful Nature – through the lens of ecofeminism in contemporaryContinue reading “Weekend Classes 1st and 2nd May”

Working Class Gothic and Horror Watch Party

On Saturday 10th April, instead of having a class on ‘Working Class Gothic and Horror’ (which has been rescheduled), we will be having a watch party. To participate, contact me @RomGothSam to be added to a watchalong twitter group. Don’t have a twitter account? You can always create and delete one… 6pm – 8pm BSTContinue reading “Working Class Gothic and Horror Watch Party”

Weekend Classes – April 3rd and 4th

This week we’ve got very different classes going on! From art on Saturday to infectious diseases on Sunday… Have a look at the brief blurbs below and come sign up On Saturday, we’re joined by ‘trie blasingame for ‘we’re all goblins here’ Join us for a casual jaunt through some of the history, art movements,Continue reading “Weekend Classes – April 3rd and 4th”