Words Curling Round Me: 2020 Reading List

Welcome to 2020! It is the year of the rat, and so I begin by rummaging through the dark corners of my bookcase for the texts that I have hoarded this past year, but not yet read. “๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“˜ ๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ญ๐“ผ ๐“ฌ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ผ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ถ๐“ฎ ๐“˜ ๐“ช๐“ถ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ญ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ – ๐“˜… Read More Words Curling Round Me: 2020 Reading List

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'

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