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 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)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Haunted Communities II: Industrial Gothic (1900s-1940s)

Introduction The mining history of my town was the first independent research project I ever did (in Primary School). Granddad took me up the mountain into the woods to see the site of one local mining disaster. There was nothing much left to see now that nature has reclaimed the site - I wasn't sure… Continue reading #AmReading: Haunted Communities II: Industrial Gothic (1900s-1940s)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction, Longread

#AmReading: Haunted Communities I: Gothic Dissent (1900s-1940s)

Introduction Chapter 3 of Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic, (UWP, 2013), focuses on the shift in themes that characterised Welsh Gothic Fiction in the first part of the twentieth century. This post looks at the historical religious background in brief in the first section, and in the second part highlights some of the fiction that Aaron discusses.… Continue reading #AmReading: Haunted Communities I: Gothic Dissent (1900s-1940s)

Book Review, Gothic Fiction

#AmReading: Welsh Gothic Fiction (1830s-1900s) II: An Underworld of One’s Own

Introduction This post is going to look at Jane Aaron's example texts from her book Welsh Gothic (UWP, 2013), particularly those from Chapter 2, 'An Underworld of One's Own (1830s-1900s)'.  Part 1 of this post looked at the social unrest and historical context of Wales in the 1830s-40s, which Aaron touches on in this chapter but… Continue reading #AmReading: Welsh Gothic Fiction (1830s-1900s) II: An Underworld of One’s Own