Oxonmoot 2020: A Review and a Fellowship

Being a Tolkien fan for so long, and someone who has been studying his works, one of my desires was to participate in one of the most important Tolkien fandom (and scholars) events created and organized by the Tolkien Society based in the UK. As I live far away, in Chile, and travelling is not…

Mirror, Mirror: Show Us Lady Audley’s Horror

We have been exploring in the deep dark forest the concepts of terror and horror. If you missed the post you can read in Search of Horror and Terror in the Sublime and The Shadowy Boundary Between Horror and Terror. In this post, we are going to see how horror is present in Mary Elizabeth…

Understanding Monsters: How Monstrosity is Constructed

Today, 30th of August in 1797 Mary Shelley (Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft) was born. She gave us one of the most beautiful and important books ever written: Frankenstein. This month Generally Gothic hosted a discussion on Monstrosity (if you have not heard about her website please visit and see by yourself how interesting, well researched and…

The Secret for Reading and Enjoying Poetry

Have you wondered why some people enjoy reading and listening poetry? Poetry has had different purposes in society, some of these are to teach and express emotions. It is certainly one of the earliest humans inventions for using spoken language. Nowadays, we cannot only find poetry in books but also in everyday language, advertising and…

The Uncanny as a Source of Horror in “The Vampyre”

In previous posts, we have been revising the concepts of horror and terror, this time we are going to review those concepts in a literary text. My suggestion was to read The Vampyre, a tale written by John William Polidori. ✶ John Polidori John Polidori was Lord Byron’s doctor. Polidori started to write The Vampyre…

“To Walk Invisible”: An Evocative Insight on Emily Brontë

On 30 of July, it was Emily Brontë’s 202 birthday. Born in 1818, Emily has been often portrayed as the most savage and wild sister from the Brontë family. But no one can neglect that she produced one of the most beautifully written artworks ever, not only evidenced in her only known novel Wuthering Heights…

The Shadowy Boundary Between Terror and Horror

In the previous post, we discussed how terror and horror could function as devices for producing the sublime. But we may wonder if there is any difference between terror and horror. Today we are going to check that out by reviewing one of the most important essays on this topic that was written by Ann…