Little Horrors

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity, edited by Simon Bacon and Leo Ruickbie

Nothing was spoken of but vampires

Just found this review at http://pelicanist.blogspot.de/2013/08/the-universal-vampire.html: Another observation that caught my eye was that the start of popularising the vampire was, ironically enough, the Enlightenment. Leo Ruickbie gathers together what was, at that time, impressive testimony as to the actual existence of such creatures, from medical, legal and military sources. By way of a slight…

Universal Vampire Book Project

Here’s a description of the project from the editors: The Universal Vampire Series, 2 Vols.  Vol. 1 – The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend  Vol. 2 – The Hip and the Atavistic: Images of the Modern Vampire Editors  Barbara Brodman, Nova Southeastern University  James E. Doan, Nova Southeastern University Project Overview  For…

Universal Vampire Update

Just heard from the editors that the forthcoming multi-volume blockbuster The Universal Vampire is scheduled for publication in April 2012. The publishers were ‘very impressed with the quality of the essays in the collection’. A brief description of my chapter can be found here http://www.academia.edu/1536481/Evidence_for_the_Undead

‘Vampire’ Corpses Found In Bulgaria

Ancient ‘Vampire’ Bodies Found In Bulgaria Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed centuries-old skeletons with iron rods through their chests – believed to have been victims of an old anti-vampire ritual. According to Bozhidar Dimitrov, head of the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, two skeletons from the Middle Ages have been discovered near the…

Goth Tech Conference CFP

CFP: International Gothic Association Biennial Conference 2013 Gothic Technologies/Gothic Techniques Biennial Conference of the International Gothic AssociationAugust 5 – 8, 2013University of Surrey, United Kingdom Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of London), Professor Fred Botting (Kingston University), other Keynotes TBA Recent Gothic studies have foregrounded a plethora of technologies associated with…

The International Gothic Association

Yes, there is an International Gothic Association! It’s an academic society for the study of everything Gothic with a peer-reviewed journal Gothic Studies. According to their website: The International Gothic Association unites teachers, scholars, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world who are interested in any aspect of gothic culture: fiction, drama, poetry,…

Vampire Autopsies

What happens when you cut open a vampire? Read this analysis of the 18th century vampire epidemic and the medical experts who examined the undead corpses in the Fortean Times, issue 288 (Special, 2012). Visit: Fortean Times For back issues of Fortean Times call +44 (0)844 844 0049

Vampire Conference Great Success

‘Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future’ at London University’s Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies took us from the eastern European vampire epidemic of the 18th century right through to the monster’s modern incarnations in Twilight, True Blood, and all the rest. Co-ordinator Simon Bacon brought together a diverse group of scholars from…