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…

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 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 entry…

Seven Books to Get Lost in Nature during Lockdown

One of my biggest concern during these days at home without having the possibility of going out for a walk is missing the trees, the flowers, the birds singing, and missing the seasons and how they change. I need nature in my life to work properly. I understand that we cannot go out for a…

In Search of the Gothic in Wildfell Hall

I have written this little entry to commemorate Anne Brontë’s death, who passed away on a 28th of May in 1849 but will live forever inside her reader’s hearts. My main focus is to explore how the gothic is present in her novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I have written a review without spoilers…

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 shown”. – 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…

How to Find a Book and Enjoy the Adventure

International Book Day is coming soon on April 23rd and I have decided to share a post for helping you to start reading a book or to involve your friends in this amazing adventure. Some people believe that someone who loves reading started loving books by magic. But it is not that way how the…