A. J. Blakemont is a novelist and essayist interested in speculative and gothic fiction. He is also passionate about music, history and its mysteries. He grew up in Paris where he studied literature. He lives near London and he is a member of the Society of Authors.
Your Guide to Gothic Literature and Culture
What is the Gothic? A genre, a style, a movement, a subculture? The Gothic is all of this, and so much more; it is one of the most enduring and fertile artistic traditions in the history of modern civilization. Since the publication of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole in December 1764, the Gothic has constantly rejuvenated and reinvented itself, taking on new forms while remaining true to its aesthetic principles.
From old castles to futuristic cities, from corrupt priests to urban predators, from medieval poetry to modern rock, the Gothic evolved over the centuries, transforming the popular culture in the process. Like Frankenstein’s creature, the Gothic is alive and one can feel its beating heart in every art form and media.
This guide provides an overview covering all facets of the Gothic culture, from its philosophical basis to its practical applications in literature, comic books, cinema and television, music, games, digital art, and fashion.
“If you are looking for a clear and concise guide to all aspects of The Gothic, ranging from literature to architecture, history to visual arts, music to fashion, horror to fantasy, subculture to philosophy, and more besides, then this is for you. […] Whether you are a Gothic literature scholar, or a fan of the Sisters of Mercy, whether you are an architect, or a Lolita fetish fantacist, whether you are a Hammer Horror fan, or a techno-industrial dance meister, this highly informative book is a ‘must-read’!”
John Nicholls, Department of History, University of Hull
“In a straightforward and engaging way, this book will tell you how the Gothic genre has evolved and, more importantly, how it has survived for 250 years. If you are a fan of Gothic, whether it is in literature, film, music or fashion, give this book a read. I found myself enlightened and thoroughly entertained. Though the writing is somewhat academic, it moves quickly and has an underlying sense of fun.”
By Alice – review on Amazon.com
“Blakemont does a fantastic job of summarizing centuries of Gothic works into this concise and highly informative book.”
Mr. Gothic – review on Amazon.com
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