Frilled Neck Lucy – Dracula with Erin of SubverCity Transmit

This article accompanies Frilled Neck Lucy by The FrankenPod For this episode, I talked to Erin who is the host of SubverCity Transmit and voice actor on No Sleep Podcast and Congeria Podcast. She also runs an awesome, spooky online store called Never Not Clever. So I’m incredibly grateful to Erin for making the time to…

The Dracula Connection Part 2 – Florence Balcombe

Born: 6th of August, 1876 Died: 25th of May, 1937, aged 78 Possibly named after Florence Nightingale as her father Lieutenant-Colonel James Balcombe was involved in the Crimean War. Florence is talked about frequently as being just gorgeous but it is pretty clear that there is much more to Florence than the flowery and elaborate praise…

My Favourite Vampire with Sarah from Good Nightmare

This post accompanies The FrankenPod episode My Favourite Vampire Dracula is one of those monsters who is so pervasive and terrifying, I’ve already explored how he has been contorted and manipulated to fit our social anxieties. Despite the very “of their time” nature of Dracula adaptations, the appeal of certain adaptations divisive, and not by…

The Universal Monsters

The Universal Studios Monsters and their entourage have had an indelible effect on our understanding of classic gothic texts like Frankenstein and Dracula. The differences between Frankenstein 1931 and the original text are too numerous to name… believe me, we tried. The essence of these stories can be completely changed and become a caricature of their…

Dracula

WELCOME TO VAMPIRE MONTH! All of our podcasts episodes are going to be vampire related, starting with the big one: DRACULA By 1897 the vampire had already infiltrated the collective consciousness. Varney, Carmilla and Polidori’s Lord Ruthven had already prepped Victorian audiences in the UK for Count Dracula’s surprisingly bureaucratic invasion. Bram Stoker’s creation has…

The Dracula Connection – Wilde and Stoker

Oscar Wilde was imprisoned gross indecency in May of 1895, and one month later Bram Stoker began to write his novel Dracula, a novel filled with transgressive sexual and a text which has been of great interest when applying queer theory to the Gothic English literary canon. Whilst correlation is not causation, this timing may…

Bats Optional -What is Gothic Literature?

Brent and I have a new audio/podcast project called The FrankenPod. “A podcast stitched together from the corpses of mystery, noir and gothic literature and cinema” It’s very early days but we would love for you to give it a listen. If you have a film or book you love and it fits the criteria we’d…

Bats Optional – What is Gothic Literature?

Disclaimer: I am not an expert and feel free to correct me (nicely) on any of this. The podcast is an evolving beast and I will happily revisit any of the ideas and texts we look at. This is taken from this week’s episode of The FrankenPod. Listen via youtube  Before our podcast release next week I thought it…

“They be nowt but air-blebs” – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

After the eerie subtlety of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw it has come as quite a shock to be confronted by the chilling, violence of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A bit of context for this reading: As a child nothing terrified me so much as vampires. The viewing of a 10 second snippet of Interview…