Carmilla and Dracula: Gothic Vampire Icons

For today’s entry in Gothic Week I have chosen to take on the stories of two iconic vampires!    Carmilla was the original vampire story written by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu.   Dracula would come much later, written by Bram Stoker!   Both would take inspiration from actual deadly historical figures.   It is highly likely…

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Gothic Icon

For this last Femme Fatale Friday of October, and in celebration of Gothic Week 2021, I have chosen to discuss Mary Shelley!    Mary Shelley was the daughter of the great feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft and the writer William Godwin.   Mary would lead a rebellious life, making her a perfect choice for Femme Fatale…

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Lizzie Siddal as Inspiration for Lucy Westernra

For today’s entry in Gothic Week I have chosen a bit of a unique topic.    I want to look at how Bram Stoker may have been inspired by Lizzie Siddal when he wrote the character of Lucy in Dracula.   It has been said that Stoker was living in London (when he moved from…

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Sleepy Hollow as Iconic American Gothic

For today’s entry in Gothic Week I have decided to choose one of the essential American Gothic tales.   Sleepy Hollow tells the tale of school teacher Ichabod Crane as he maneuvers his new role in the town of Sleepy Hollow, in upstate New York!    When arriving in Sleepy Hollow he meets the lovely…

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My Top 5 Gothic Films Not Based on Books

For today’s entry into Gothic Week I have chosen to do a list of Gothic films, not based on books.   Once again the films will not be ranked, instead just a list of what to watch for a taste of the Gothic! Meridian (1990) ~This 90s classic, of a sort, starred Sherilyn Fenn, and…

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Rocky Horror: The Ultimate Cult Classic

In 1975 American audiences were introduced to an already iconic stage show from England when it was produced as a film.    That film was Rocky Horror Picture Show.   It starred Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Barry Bosworth as Brad Majors, and Susan Sarandon as Janet Weis!   It was directed by the original…

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My Top 5 Rebekah Mikaelson Storylines

For today’s blog post I would like to do a countdown of my top five Rebekah Mikaelson storylines from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.   Rebekah was the original vampire sister of Klaus.   Without further ado here’s my top five! Number 5: The Five  ~So my number five storyline is The Five.  …

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Haunted by Morgana

For today’s post I would like to share another work of short fiction. This is a story inspired by Arthurian legend and classic legend. I have entitled my short story Haunted by Morgana, and it is a story that integrates the work of Edgar Allan Poe with Arthurian legend. I know that this is shorter…

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My Top 5 Favorite Classic Gothic Fantasy Fiction Works

For today’s post I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite works of gothic fantasy fiction.    For this countdown I will only be choosing works of classical fiction!   I hope that you enjoy my thoughts.   Without further ado here’s the countdown. Number 5: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and…

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Dark Faeries to Learn About this Samhain

Hello my lovely readers, as we get closer and closer to the best day of the year, Samhain, I have decided to do a post on dark faeries that would be fun to learn about!   There will be a brief overview of several dark faeries, and I will give readers interested a suggested reading…

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