Devon is a Devon is a Burton: The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Artist

Today I am delighted to bring to your attention the incomparable creator of tiny cartoon tube socks, known around the internet as Devon is a Devon. Artist Devon Sherman brings colour and comedy to the black bile of Burton’s Melancholy, and explains why it is not as depressing an endeavour as it may sound! Robert… Read More Devon is a Devon is a Burton: The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Artist

The Physician, the Philosopher, the Poet: Ode on Melancholy

Millennia ago in ancient Greece a medical system evolved, out of even earlier Egyptian and Hindu beliefs, which aimed to understand the inner workings of the human body. At the hands of Hippocrates, (Greek physician, and ‘Father of Medicine’, c.460-370BC), the four humours were born. Hippocrates believed that the human body was composed of four… Read More The Physician, the Philosopher, the Poet: Ode on Melancholy

A Poet’s House, Pleasure’s Temple: Keats’ Gothic, Epic, & Sublime

Born on Halloween, 1795, John Keats (d. 1821) was a tragic character, a romantic, and a poet. Considered a key figure amongst the second generation of British Romantic poets following in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, William Blake, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Keats and his young contemporaries were more open to exploring the space in… Read More A Poet’s House, Pleasure’s Temple: Keats’ Gothic, Epic, & Sublime

Generally Gothic Book Club Readalong: ‘The Masque of the Red Death’

As the world’s population becomes increasingly locked away indoors, many of us are feeling panic or anxiety in the face of change and uncertainty. Whilst we all strive to maintain our collective physical well-being, it’s important not to let our mental health slip. The Bookstagram community thrives on indoor activity and online connection, but it’s… Read More Generally Gothic Book Club Readalong: ‘The Masque of the Red Death’

Generally Gothic Bookworm Readalong: Midway Musings on ‘Little Sister Death’

“๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐”‚๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ต ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ’๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป.” Now there’s a claim that’s hard to refuse! During the summer I spent a month, entitled ๐Ÿฅ€ Southern Spell ๐Ÿฅ€ , exploring the southern gothic. I first posted (on Instagram) about William Gay’s Little Sister Death then. Some of you praised the novel, or declared adoration for… Read More Generally Gothic Bookworm Readalong: Midway Musings on ‘Little Sister Death’

Into that Eden of Poisonous Flowers: ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ Readalong

Welcome to the very second Generally Gothic Book Club read-along, and thank you for your patience as this week’s read-along turned into this fortnight‘s read-along… As explained over on Instagram, November, dubbed โ€˜Nature is Gothicโ€™, has been dedicated to exploring the โ€“ you guessed it โ€“ gothic within our natural world. Whilst many of us are… Read More Into that Eden of Poisonous Flowers: ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ Readalong

Flickering… in the Middle of Nowhere: ‘The Wind’

“๐“˜๐“ผ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐”€๐“ฎ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ถ; ๐“ช ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฝ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ฏ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ด๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ญ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฎ?” – Lizzy, The Wind The bleak and blustering narrative of The Wind takes place during the pioneer days in a wild western state of America. Lizzy and her husband Isaac live alone, in a simple cabin surrounded by… Read More Flickering… in the Middle of Nowhere: ‘The Wind’

The Uncanny as we Picture it: Freud and the Photographer

Describing himself as โ€œa fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons,โ€ Seigar is a photographer, a high school teacher, and an English philologist. His โ€˜Plastic Peopleโ€™ series is โ€œa study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanisation of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world.โ€ There… Read More The Uncanny as we Picture it: Freud and the Photographer

Between One Cap and One Period: Reading William Faulkner

In an interview in the spring of 1956, Southern Gothic author William Faulkner was asked to advise readers who remained unable to understand his writing after two or three attempts. His response was simple: โ€œRead it four times.โ€โ€œI am trying to say it all in one sentence,โ€ he continued, โ€œbetween one cap and one period.โ€… Read More Between One Cap and One Period: Reading William Faulkner

Stoker’s Muse: The Blood Countess

Cited alongside Vlad the Impaler as an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s eponymous vampire, Dracula, the blood-thirsty version of ‘The Blood Countess’ is the one most ingrained in the collective memory. Some scholars, however, now question the validity of numerous accusations, suggesting that rather than a murderer, as a powerful & recently widowed female figure, Bathory… Read More Stoker’s Muse: The Blood Countess

Understanding Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, Part 1

The Truth about Frankenstein PART ONE OF TWO Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus is victim to a whole host of misconceptions. As we began this year with the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the novel (which took place on January 1st, 1818), and as today, February 1st, is the anniversary of Mary Shelley’s (1797 –… Read More Understanding Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, Part 1