All things Victorian Gothic
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, 2021
When asked to name a Gothic author, for many people the list of names that spring to mind are puzzlingly devoid of women, in spite of the remarkable influence many women's Gothic writing had (and still has) upon literature and culture.
This Women's History Month, I'll be tweeting about various Victorian women who wrote the Gothic, ranging from those still widely known and celebrated today to those who have been unkindly neglected by readers in the past two centuries.
For a taste of what's to come, see my previous tweets for Women's History Month in 2019 here, and follow #GothicGirls for new posts
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Gothic, Horror, and Fantasy are a most excellent combination. If you agree with this, then Wicked Readings is the thing for you!
A reading group set up by Monica Vazquez and co-hosted by yours truly and Olly Rendle as part of the University of Glasgow's Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, we meet every month to discuss various aspects relating to Fantasy and Horror.
If you're interested, DM @WickedReadings on Twitter.
IMAGE by Queenie Chan for her novel The Dreaming
FIRST LIBRARY ENTRY
A short and sweet first entry to the library: 'The Witch', by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge.
Coleridge's poem will be featured in my upcoming (and first) blog post for Halloween, 'Season of the Witch', where you can find other witchy literature, art, and folklore from the nineteenth century.
As is the case for the majority of people at present, things have been a bit of a challenge of late, to say the least. Unsurprisingly, this has meant that I've had less time than I would like to devote to building this site, writing content, and tweeting etc.
This said, I love nothing more than sharing my interest in the Gothic with fellow nerds, so feel free to say hello on Twitter, or the aforementioned Wicked Readings group!
BUILDING THE LIBRARY
The original purpose of this site was to provide an easy means to browse nineteenth-century Gothic fiction - whether you are looking to find trends in Victorian werewolf fiction, less popular works by a particular author, or just trying to access texts that are difficult to find in any easily readable format online.
This of course takes a long time, so please bear with me while I build up the library!