“There is no escape.” Horace Walpole and the terrifying rise of the Gothic

Having discussed the continuing threat of the Gothic as it changes form (from circulating library to circulating memes), this article takes us back to the beginning. I was lucky enough to see a talk about Slender Man at the ‘Locating the Gothic’ conference which analysed what this Gothic creature of the internet has to tell use about folklore versus fakelore and the threat of new technologies. It seems we never outgrow the Gothic.

Open Graves, Open Minds

Nick Groom on the trajectory from Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) to present-day Gothic culture. The rise of the Gothic novel to horror and SF film and Goth music and fashion, with a glance at architecture, are all related to this seminal work.

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