Halloween, with its mix of the macabre and the playful, provides a moment to reflect on how closely life and death are interwoven – especially in the COVID era.
Secret burials are the stuff of gothic fiction, but these gothic events actually happened to Indigenous children.
A new Netflix adaptation of Rebecca stars Lily James and Armie Hammer. The novel on which it is based, first published in 1938, explores domestic entrapment.
Australia has a long history of gothic storytelling in literature and cinema. A new podcast series shows how ordinary life can have an edge of malice.
Gothic texts are not all bloodsucking vampires and howling werewolves. An Australian Gothic tradition took root alongside colonisation, influencing writers from Marcus Clarke to Alexis Wright.
Failure to deal with the wounds of the conflict has permeated society and culture in Spain.
A podcast on twins, including why stereotypes about their relationship are so damaging, and why they are so useful to scientists.
A guide to some lesser known treats to read and watch over Halloween.
Independent, powerful feminist role models or a warning to women not to overstep the mark? Witches have been many things over the years.
How medieval spires and snarling gargoyles went out of fashion and then made a spectacular return under – you guessed it – the Victorians.
BBC One’s The Living and the Dead revels in the Victorians’ obsession with the supernatural and the limits of science.
Hamlet begins with a ‘night of the living dead’; Banquo turns into a ghost . The Bard had a supernatural streak and it was crucial to the genesis of Gothic literature.
The dark, disturbing imagery of Bowie’s final album recalls how the artist inspired the goth movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
Crimson Peak reminds us that gothic romance is the originator of modern horror: gothic and romance are inextricably related.
Goth teenagers are just like other teenagers the world over – they get depressed, they laugh, they’re creative – so why do we pigeonhole?
It’s been seven years since Kevin Rudd delivered his apology to Indigenous Australians. On Australia’s stages dramatists continue to explore the ramifications of that apology and colonial history.
In the designer’s embrace of this gothic past, he is an artist for our time.