‘Til Death Do Us Part’: Teenage Girls and their Vampire Boyfriends

Our Holiday Gothic series takes a look at the darker sides of celebrations throughout the year. In this Valentine's Day post, Sophie Haywood investigates the recent trend of vampires as YA romantic heroes. The vampire has long been a key figure in Gothic fiction, but its transformation into romantic hero is a fairly recent phenomenon. … Continue reading ‘Til Death Do Us Part’: Teenage Girls and their Vampire Boyfriends

A Brief Celebration of Witches

(This is a special Halloween post by Sophie Barber) There is no character we are guaranteed to see at Halloween more than the witch. A favourite fancy dress costume for children and adults alike, we have come to associate witches with the frivolity of Western Halloween celebrations. But the pointy hats and broomsticks of our modern-day witches have a rich history that has not always been so light-hearted...