Aftergothic: Consumption, Machines, and Black Holes

Aftergothic: Consumption, Machines, and Black Holes

A hand appears, clutching an automatic pistol. Walls of gray and slimy concrete provide the gloomy surroundings. The flickering half-light of low ceilings, dark corridors, and sliding steel doors offer little orientation as the handgun begins to negotiate the uninviting dungeon.

Rites and Rituals and Allegories of the Tales of the Undead

Rites and Rituals and Allegories of the Tales of the Undead

In reassessing the cultural and political consciousness of Cundieff’s art, we may be tempted to rename the film’ Tales of the Undead’ because of the narrative intimacy Cundieff uses to reclaim the past — a past that is haunted, as Toni Morrison states elsewhere, by “signs, visitations, and ways of knowing that [encompass] more than concrete reality” (McKay 1983, 414).

From Gothic Girl to the Iron Maiden: How Liv Boeree Made Poker Engaging

From Gothic Girl to the Iron Maiden: How Liv Boeree Made Poker Engaging

Britain has a new Iron Maiden to worship in 2019. 34-year-old Olivia “Liv” Boeree has become one of the most popular faces in the world of poker. For well over a decade, this softly-spoken Briton from Kent has been cleaning up at the poker tables, after being coached by top professionals such as Phil Hellmuth and Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot. With a First-Class Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics, Boeree is a smart cookie.

The Penny Dreadful Adaptation, and the Gothic Beasts

The Penny Dreadful Adaptation, and the Gothic Beasts

It is 1891, at the Grand Guignol Theatre in London, Wild West show sharpshooter Ethan Chandler is on a night out with the consumptive waif Brona Croft. They are watching a sequence called ‘The Transformed Beast’, featuring a werewolf.

Vampire Onscreen in the Late-1980s and 1990s Cult Shows

Vampire Onscreen in the Late-1980s and 1990s Cult Shows

The late 1980s and early 1990s witnessed a renewed interest in horror and dark fantasy series on TV. Emerging in part due to horror cinema’s most visible, grisly and commercially saturated decade, horror anthology shows such as ‘Tales from the Crypt’ (1989-96), Freddy’s Nightmares (1988-90) and the weird, gothic mystery ‘Twin Peaks’ (1990-91), all reveal a distinct shift in television production.

Claustrophobic Hotel Rooms and Intermedial Horror in 1408

Claustrophobic Hotel Rooms and Intermedial Horror in 1408

In his non-fiction book ‘Danse Macabre’, Stephen King discusses how the evolution of the “horror genre” contributes on the discourse regarding the Gothic by stating that “[it] has often been able to find national phobic pressure points” (1980).

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