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So You’re Moving To Pagham-on-Sea: Doing the Groundwork

I'm taking a short break from my Goth posts to blog about my own work, and read a few more modern Gothic fic stories that I can review in the Goth is [not] dead series. So, without further ado, here's a few fun things about Pagham-on-Sea where my contemporary novels are set! N. B.: Pagham… Continue reading So You’re Moving To Pagham-on-Sea: Doing the Groundwork

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Goth is [not] dead: Isolation

This week in gothic horror chat, I'm looking at another theme mentioned in the first post. I'm going to use a horror novel I think fits the Welsh Gothic genre as an example of how effective this element is, and how it can drive the plot forward. Isolation is another key theme of the Gothic… Continue reading Goth is [not] dead: Isolation

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Goth is [not] Dead: Darkness

Hello again! I've done a couple of posts on the themes and conventions of Gothic novels, and the many subgenres there are (there are actually more, but a good place to look is the University of Wales Press series on Gothic Fiction). I have also discovered a cool WikiHow post on How To Write Gothic… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: Darkness

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Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

Horace Walpole is credited/blamed for kicking off the 'Gothic' literature genre in 1765 with his novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Tale, which was intended as a subtle joke. Walpole meant 'Gothic' in the sense of 'barbarous' or 'derived from the Middle Ages', but his supernatural tale of perverse obsession and melodramatic tragedy sparked something… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

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Goth is [not] Dead: Genre-Chat

I've finished the rewrites for my gothic weird fiction novel, The Crows, which started life as a light-hearted paranormal mystery with strong weird romance B-plot. Since I had a fair few romance readers/writers reading that version, I cheesed up the romantic side a bit and had a go at cozy mystery in a paranormal/urban fantasy… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: Genre-Chat