September is here and fall is just around the corner. This time of year gets me thinking about all things pumpkin (I know, basic, right? But whatever. I like food) and, of course, all things GOTHIC and Poe!
I adore fall in the Midwest. There’s cider and cider donuts at the mill, pumpkin things, the Plaza Art Fair and lots of other outdoor activities as we get a break from the oppressive August heat! We don’t have a ton of things going on around KC related to the world of Gothic literature, though. For that, I dive into the internet and find interesting tidbits about the creepy, the crawly and the grotesque of the literature world.
Most importantly, the start of September means it’s time for another edition of Gothic Literature at Large! And do I have some really exciting developments out there in the world of all things Gothic to share with you this month! If you’re like me, get ready to throw down some cash for some extra special books and other experiences.
August 30 was Mary Shelley’s birthday and in tribute, Newsweek posted a series of facts and quotes from the famed authoress.
I ❤ NPR so hard and just when I think I can’t love them any more, they do a story like this that brings an interesting perspective to the world of Gothic literature. This story is all about Lovecraft and his bigotry. I don’t know much about this side of him having never really researched him or his life very closely. It’s sad to read about the closed-mindedness of a great writer. But, it’s important to learn these things and to remember that greatness does not negate bigotry. I found this article to be intriguing and enlightening and appreciated what the writer had to share. Given the progenitor of horror’s bigoted backgrounds, the author questions whether descendant writers can write in the same genre and not be tainted by it.
Anne Rice Brings Lestat Out of the Shadows Again in her Newest Vamipire Chronicles Book, Blood Communion
OMG! Did YOU know that Anne Rice was releasing a new Vampire Chronicles??? Because I had no clue. I just broke the pre-order button! Also, right now, you can pre-order a signed copy on Barnes & Noble (I totally did it)!
I love old Gothic stories, but tend to shy away from modern Gothic and horror as they get a bit bloody for me. I’m a bit of a wimp 🙂 But, if you’re looking for a Gothic reading list or just want to compare what you’ve read with what these writers say are the best, then take a look at this article.
Sadly, I learned about this one too late, but from March 1 – July 31, Melbourne University put a selection of early editions of Gothic fiction on display in their galleries. Featured authors included: Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley and Anne Radcliffe. Even though the exhibit is over, the website is still up and is worth clicking around in.
Looks like I need to make my way to Baltimore where FREE two-day festival all about Poe will kick off in the Poppleton neighborhood where Poe lived once upon a time. This neighborhood is also where the Poe House museum is located which, unfortunately, I didn’t get to during my Poe Pilgrimage several years ago (but I did make it to his grave site).
In more Anne Rice news, The Vampire Chronicles is coming to Hulu! Looks like I’ll have something to talk about around the break room at work. Finally.