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Victorian Occult Tweets, 

27 June 2021

July is my birthday month and I decided to do another series of themed tweets to celebrate!

Witches and magic were my favourite tropes as a child, and I fancy a bit of nostalgia. Therefore, from 1st July I'll be posting daily threads relating to witchcraft in the long-nineteenth century, including fiction, art, occultists, and superstitions. 

 

You can join in or simply follow my tweets using the hashtag #VictorianOccult 

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10 excellent gothic short stories you can read for free

31 May 2021

Fancy reading a new, perhaps less-known gothic tale but aren't sure where to start? Here's a list of my top 10 recommended short stories which you can find in the library and read for free. 

The list includes a variety of themes, topics, and styles catering to all tastes. You can read this blog post here

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Haunting of Bly Manor 

10 May 2021

In September 2020 before the release of Mike Flanagan's Bly Manor, I wrote a short piece speculating on how I thought the series would play out.

 

Shamefully, it has taken me an age to get through the series, but I will soon be writing a blog post on how Flanagan adapted The Turn of the Screw and blended the narratives of Henry James's other gothic fiction.  

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Women's History Month posts
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30 March 2021

March was Women's History Month in the UK and, to celebrate, I posted daily tweets about Victorian women who penned gothic fiction throughout the long nineteenth century. Some are still well-known and read to this day, others have been unkindly neglected by history, in spite of their amazing writing (and other accomplishments). 

Each woman's post has a thread offering a short biography and places where you can still find and read their work. You can view the full collection of posts here or by searching #GothicGirls on Twitter.

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Hibernation

10 February 2021

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 at the aforementioned Wicked Readings group!

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Wicked Readings

10 February 2021

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Gothic, Horror, and Fantasy are a most excellent combination. If you agree, 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 

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Women's History Month, 2021

9 February 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 

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Gothic Advent, 2020

26 November 2020

'll be joining in Open Graves, Open Minds 2020 Gothic Advent tweet marathon, starting 1 December. As usual, my advent will be various Victorian Gothic stories that are perfect for reading by candlelight at Christmastime - let's revive this tradition! 

Feel free to join in, tweet your favourites, or add your own twist to the #GothicAdvent 

This will be the third Gothic Advent, and you can find my other tweets/story recommendations from 2018 and 2019 here

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Haunting of Bly Manor

7 September 2020

Excited to finally see the trailer for Mike Flannagan's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, Haunting of Bly Manor? I'll be giving my thoughts on what the trailer suggests will be in store for this modern-day take on a classic Victorian ghost story. 

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Thoughts on Flanagan's 'Haunting of Bly Manor' 

12 September 2020

WARNING: contains spoilers for both The Turn of the Screw book AND The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series. 

 

Fancy joining me in nerdy speculation about what's in store for Mike Flanagan's retelling of classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw? Read my thoughts here.  

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Halloween Countdown, 2020

27 September 2020

In honour of the eagerly awaited adaptation of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw - Haunting at Bly Manor - I’m dedicating this October’s Halloween countdown to ghostly Victorian phenomena. Brace yourselves for a full month of miscellaneous nineteenth-century ghost-related tidbits, followed by a blog post.

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Spooky Season, 2020

7 September 2020

For personal reasons, it has been a long while since I have been able to invest time and energy into this website. However, not only is there no time like the present, but what better time is there to re-start a spooky passion-project than the beginning of spooky season? 

Stay tuned for blog posts, twitter projects, and some new library entries coming soon! 

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Gothic Advent, 2019

14 December 2019

T'is the season for ghost stories! I'll be joining in with another Gothic Advent this year, tweeting my recommended Gothic Victorian short stories and novellas filled with ghosts, vampires, and other spooky beasts best enjoyed at night by candlelight.

You can follow my posts on Twitter here

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First Post: Season of the Witch, 2019

10 November 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year; season of the witch and month of Halloween! In anticipation of the great day, and in honour of one of my favourite tropes, I've been posting various tweets about the Victorians and witchcraft, ranging from books to art to superstitions.

If you would like to learn more about the various books, paintings, and folklore I tweeted about, then you can see an overview here

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First library entry: 'The Witch'

27 October 2019

A short and sweet first entry to the library: 'The Witch', by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. You can read this poem here

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. 

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Please bear with me while I develop the site...

27 October 2019

As you can probably guess, I have only recently set this up, and I am entirely new to wix.

It's taking a while to get to grips with the editing tools, so please excuse any sudden changes to the colours, format, and location of the webpages!