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For the Gothic Heroine

Oct 29, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, we'll be looking at the classic 1960s horror movies based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, starring Vincent Price, and directed by Roger Corman.

Recommended Media:


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


House of Usher

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Raven

Tales of...

Oct 15, 2018

It's time for a big topic: gothic romance novels!  I'll be tackling the history of books with women running from houses on their covers, from the 1790s to the 1970s.  We'll talk about love and horror, cliche and innovation, feminism and conservatism, and all the other contradictions of the genre.


Oct 1, 2018

This week, we'll take a look at the legacy of the book Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal.  With two very successful adaptations- the film Kind Hearts and Coronets and the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder- this tale of a disowned son murdering his way through the family tree brings up questions...