Art Thou Still Living Wretch? The Early Gothic Vampire

Primary Sources Anon. – ‘The Unquiet Grave’ Anon. -  ‘Political Vampyres’ in The Gentlemen’s Magazine – May 1732 Geoffrey of Burton – Vita Sancte Moduenne Virginis – c. 1140s Lord Byron – August Darvell – 1819 Lord Byron – ‘The Giaour’ - 1813 Samuel Taylor Coleridge – ‘Christabel’ - 1816 D – ‘On Vampyrism’ in … Continue reading Art Thou Still Living Wretch? The Early Gothic Vampire

The Guide to Becoming a Byronic Vampire

Welcome to the vampire life! Now, it may seem rather bewildering that I'm welcoming you to the life. 'But I've been a vampire for so long already,' you cry. But darling, that... that wasn't being a vampire. That was being a shambolic cursed ravenous beast with the sex appeal of a bent spoon covered in … Continue reading The Guide to Becoming a Byronic Vampire

Marko Yakubovich by Alexander Pushkin

In 1835 Pushkin published a collection called 'Songs of the Western Slavs' and included among its numbers was a vampire poem, featuring the Vurdalak. The poem clearly borrows from or was influenced by Prosper Mérimée.   The following is a very rough translation. Marko Yakubovich sat by the gate, Before him sat Zoya his wife … Continue reading Marko Yakubovich by Alexander Pushkin

‘I ain’t afraid of no ghosts’ – Gothic Spooks, Spectres and Frauds.

Primary Sources Anon. – The Ghost of Guy translated and retold by Richard Scott-Robinson - http://www.eleusinianm.co.uk/olde-bokes/yellow-book-of-calbourne/pdf/ghost-of-guy.pdf Anon. - Anti-Canidia; Or, Superstition Detected and Exposed – 1762 Anon. – Life after Death - 1758 Joseph Addison -The Spectator: A New Edition - (1711/2) – 1860 John Aubrey – Miscellanies - 1696 Daniel Defoe - An Essay … Continue reading ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghosts’ – Gothic Spooks, Spectres and Frauds.

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Spotting Murder Ladies

Welcome to our discrete guide for the discerning. Many of you will have turned to us because you are simply exhausted by the stream of bland heroes, autocratic and tortured dark lords, and tediously misogynistic villains who one cannot, it seems, avoid in these Gothic times. You have thought to yourself, 'There must be another … Continue reading The Enthusiast’s Guide to Spotting Murder Ladies

Romancing the Gothic – Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?: Gothic Faith and Monstrous Religion

PRIMARY TEXTS Anonymous  The Libertines  1798 (Jean Barrin)   Venus in the Cloister   1683 Edmund Burke    Reflections on the Revolution in France   1790 Charles Churchill  The Times  1764   http://rictornorton.co.uk/eighteen/1764chur.htm T. J. Horsley Curties Ethelwina, Or, The House of Fitz-Auburne 1799 Antonio Gavin   The Frauds of the Romish Monks   1691 Antonio … Continue reading Romancing the Gothic – Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?: Gothic Faith and Monstrous Religion

The Patented Guide to Becoming a Gothic Dark Hero

Do you struggle with being too bland? Constantly doing everyday activities like 'working' and 'cooking'? Is the number of people who tut under their breaths and mutter in hushed tones as you pass distressingly small? Have you failed to commit even one signal crime to blast your soul for the duration of the withered years … Continue reading The Patented Guide to Becoming a Gothic Dark Hero

The Gothic Heroine’s Survival Guide

Have you suddenly realised that you're in a Gothic novel? (Key signs to look out for: you've been kidnapped at midnight, you have moved to an echoing mansion full of secrets, your husband has this beady 'loves to kill' glint in his eye, a mysterious portrait dominates the ruined castle to which you've been removed, … Continue reading The Gothic Heroine’s Survival Guide

How to tell if you’re a Gothic or Gothic Romantic Hero

Do you have a spare wife lying around? Perhaps in your attic? Have you recently wrestled a bear (to save a pig thief), engaged in a naked pirate fight and escaped the clutches of a murderous prostitute and her gang? Have you gambled away your fortune and given all your money to a fellow debtor? … Continue reading How to tell if you’re a Gothic or Gothic Romantic Hero

Romancing the Gothic: The Devil Himself is Transformed into an Angel of Light

BIBLIOGRAPHY Primary Texts Anonymous  Historia von D. Johann Fausten   1587 Dante Alighieri  The Divine Comedy  1320 William Blatty  The Exorcist  1971 John Buchan  Witchwood  1927 Lord Byron    Cain    1821 Jacques Cazotte  The Devil in Love (Le Diable Amoreux)  1772  Charlotte Dacre   Zofloya; Or, The Moor   1806 William Godwin  An Enquiry … Continue reading Romancing the Gothic: The Devil Himself is Transformed into an Angel of Light