“This is not written for the young or the light of heart, not for the tranquil species of men whose souls are content with the simple pleasures of family, church, or profession. Rather, I write to those beings like myself whose existence is compounded by a lurid intermingling of the dark and the light”  

B.E Scully

Reading The Gothic is the home of a reading group based at the University of Hertfordshire. It comprises undergraduate, postgraduate & Research students and is dedicated to all things Gothic.

We read Gothic-related material such as journal articles, poetry and books, and meet collectively each fortnight to discuss these. We also use this web platform to continue our discussions and share our ideas with the wider world.

Feel free to come back and visit the site as often as you wish, or sign up to Follow us. We can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Meet the group

Under construction – check back soon!

Matt Beresford

Matt Beresford – PhD researcher / Reading the Gothic moderator

Matt is examining the relationship of Lord Byron &  John Polidori and how this influenced the development of the literary vampire. 

His main interests are the vampire and werewolf myths within European culture, and he has published several books & articles on these topics.

His works include From Demons to Dracula: the creation of the modern vampire myth (2008), Storia dei vampiri (2009, with F. Biancani) & The White Devil: the Werewolf in European Culture (2013).

Favourite gothic book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Favourite gothic film: Nosferatu: eine symphonie des grauens

Web: lifesblackrose.wordpress.com

Twitter: @lifesblackrose

Kaja Franck

Kaja Franck – PhD researcher / Reading the Gothic moderator

Kaja is researching werewolves within literature and their relationship to the division between nature and civilisation.

Her main interests include werewolves and vampires in popular literature. More specifically, her work examines how these supernatural creatures function as metaphors for contemporary fears.

She has previously looked at gender, consumerism and literary consumption in relation to the Twilight novels for her MA, and feminist and psychoanalytical interpretations of Dracula, Carmilla, ‘Christabel’ and The Historian as an undergraduate.

Favourite gothic book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Favourite gothic film: Stoker

Twitter: @KajaFranck

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, I recently completed my MA with Sam George, and wrote my dissertation on fin de siecle psychological vampires, and she sent me information about this group. I would love to come along at some point, but I’ve been busy on the first two dates and I’m out again for the third session. Please let me know about future sessions, many thanks

    • Hi Beverley! You would be extremely welcome – the fourth session will be Tuesday 10th December 2-4pm if you are available then (we will be looking at Freud’s The Uncanny). Hopefully see you there!

  2. Hi there,
    I’m very interested in joining your group, but I’m not sure I can attend due to work commitments. Does this group meet up fortnightly Wednesday between 3-5? I couldn’t work out whether that was just the timing of one session, or if it is always at that time.

    Many thanks,


    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for the comment. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We generally try and keep with meeting Wednesday afternoon.

      Will Wednesday afternoon continue to be difficult for you? I am happy to discuss alternative meeting times with the group.



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