Understanding Monsters: How Monstrosity is Constructed

We are going back to the shadows where the monsters might lurk unseen and notice by our eyes. 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…

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

Welcome to another entry on the darkest side of literature, where the moon shines, the bat fly and shadows are projected by the leafless trees. 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…

The Shadowy Boundary Between Terror and Horror

Welcome again to another discussion on the shadowy side of literature. 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…

In Search of Terror and Horror in The Sublime

Have you ever wondered why when reading a gothic novel you constantly find the words terror and horror? But what do these words refer to? Believe it or not, these two concepts are also fundamental for understanding the role that nature has played in literature. Let’s take a walk in this mysterious path, in this…

The Gothic

“𝑇𝑜 𝑎 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑚 𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑑𝑢𝑏𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑎𝑡 𝘩𝑎𝑙𝑓-𝑣𝑒𝑖𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠, 𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑑 𝑎 𝘩𝑖𝑔𝘩𝑒𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔𝘩𝑡 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑛 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑡 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝘩𝑎𝑡 𝑡𝘩𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝘩𝑜𝑤”. – Ann Radcliffe. The Mysteries of Udolpho. 1794 What is gothic? Is it a literary genre? A style? An intellectual movement? There are so many questions and maybe we…