Friday, July 8, 2011

Talk on Nineteenth Century Australian Gothic Fiction

If you're in Sydney on 27 July, feel free to come along to this talk at the Art Gallery of NSW:

Nineteenth Century Australian Gothic Horror
In association with the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition The Poetry of Drawing Dr James Doig, editor of anthologies of Australian Gothic fiction, delves into the characters and stories of nineteenth-century Australian Gothic horror. The Pre-Raphaelite art style encouraged a significant revival of medieval and gothic imagery in British culture.

Time: 6:30pm-7:00pm Jul 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain
Enquiries: Art Gallery of NSW (02) 1800679278

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gary William Crawford, Brian J. Showers, and I submitted the full, final text for this compilation to Hippocampus Press last week and should have the book in print later this Summer or Fall. Jason Van Hollander will be doing the cover illustration. Contents are as follows:

Preface – W. J. Mc Cormack

Introduction – The Editors



A Memoir of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Alfred Perceval Graves

Anecdotes from Seventy Years of Irish LifeW. R. Le Fanu

Extracts from Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others S. M. Ellis

The Portraits of Le Fanu – Jim Rockhill, Brian J. Showers and Douglas A. Anderson

A Void Which Cannot Be Filled Up: The Obituaries of J. S. Le Fanu – Brian J. Showers


M. R. James on J. S. Le Fanu – M. R. James

Forgotten Creator of Ghosts—Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Possible Inspirer of the Brontës –Edna Kenton

Sheridan Le Fanu – E. F. Benson

From The Supernatural in FictionPeter Penzoldt

An Irish Ghost – V. S. Pritchett

“Prologue” and “Epilogue” to Madam Crowl’s Ghost M. R. James

Doubles, Shadows, Sedan-Chairs, and the Past: “The Ghost Stories of J. S. Le Fanu” – Patricia Coughlan


Making Light in the Shadow Box: The Artistry of Le Fanu – Kel Roop

Le Fanu’s House by the Marketplace – Wayne Hall

Sheridan Le Fanu and the Spirit of 1798 – Albert Power

H. P. Lovecraft’s Response to the Work of Joseph Sheridan Le FanuJim Rockhill

“A Regular Contributor”: Le Fanu’s Short Stories, All the Year Round, and the Influence of Dickens – Simon Cooke

A Shared Vision: Le Fanu’s In a Glass Darkly and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr Gary William Crawford

Dreyer, Vampyr and Sheridan Le Fanu – Mark Le Fanu


Contemporary Reviews of the Publications of J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Compiled by the Editors


“Green Tea”: The Archetypal Ghost StoryJack Sullivan

“Introduction” to The House by the ChurchyardElizabeth Bowen

Three Ghost Stories: “The Judge’s House”, “Some Strange Disturbances in an Old House on Aungier Street”, and “Mr. Justice Harbottle” – Carol A. Senf

“Introduction” to Uncle SilasM. R. James

Conversations in a Shadowed Room: The Blank Spaces in “Green Tea” – John Langan

“Introduction” to Uncle SilasElizabeth Bowen

“Addicted to the Supernatural”: Spiritualism and Self-Satire in Le Fanu’s All in the Dark Stephen Carver

In the Name of the Mother: Perverse Maternity in “Carmilla” – Jarlath Killeen

Crossing Boundaries, Mixing Genres in The Wyvern MysterySally C. Harris

“I resolved to play the part of a good Samaritan”: Metafiction in “The Room in the Dragon Volant” – William Hughes

“The Child that Went with the Faeries”: The Folk Tale and the Ghost Story – Peter Bell

The Smashed Looking Glass: Fragmentation and Narrative Perversity in Willing to Die Victor Sage



Biographical Notes

Extra kudos are due Brian - The Keeper of the Text - for bearing the brunt of the typing, keeping track of the word count, and channeling the various revisions for this endeavor.