Gothic Fiction, Uncategorized

Welsh Gothic Tropes II: The Witch

Introduction In Chapter 5 of Welsh Gothic, Jane Aaron picks four main figures who recur throughout Welsh Gothic fiction: the Witch, the Druid, the Cŵn Annwn, and the Sin-Eater. This post looks at the figure of the Welsh witch, an ambiguous figure, usually female in fiction but not necessarily in life, part goddess, part demon, but… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes II: The Witch

Gothic Fiction, Uncategorized

Welsh Gothic Tropes I: Death Omens

IntroductionOne element that recurs throughout Welsh Gothic fiction is ... the death omen. Whether it's a raven being shot and showering the bride-to-be in blood as it plummets down a well ('The Prediction', 1827), or a cow biting off its own teats on a failing farm (Martha, Jac a Sianco, 2004, I kid you not),… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes I: Death Omens

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead III: Welsh Vampire Lore & Vampire Lit (1940s-1997)

Introduction The vampires of Wales are few and far between, and Aaron only looks at novels featuring vampires set in the Welsh borders. In this post, I start by looking at some of the vampire/vampiric lore in Wales, from Arawn's doomed men of the Hunt to seriously weird tales of vampiric furniture, and then at… Continue reading #AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead III: Welsh Vampire Lore & Vampire Lit (1940s-1997)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead II: Zombies and Zombification (1940s-1997)

Introduction This post looks at the novels that Aaron discusses in Chapter 4 of Welsh Gothic which features zombies, and the themes that the novels use. In the next post, I'll look at the vampire stories of the Welsh borders that Aaron picks out. Again, this is not meant to be exhaustive, and there are probably many… Continue reading #AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead II: Zombies and Zombification (1940s-1997)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead I: Context and Poetry (1940s-1997)

Introduction In this first post (this time, one of three) I will look at Chapter 4 of Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic, (UWP, 2013). This time, it's a look at Wales as the land of the living dead in metaphorical terms, putting these texts into historical context, and looking at these themes in poetry. Next time (Thursday… Continue reading #AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead I: Context and Poetry (1940s-1997)