Slimy Things with Legs… Video games and the Nautical Gothic

This was part of a paper presented at a free Romancing the Gothic weekend presentation on the 19th of November 2022. Thanks to Sam as always for their brilliant work. The Gothic has long been preoccupied with what lurks below the surface of the water. The intense isolation of the ship at sea and the…

ASLE Conference 2021 – Embedded Eco-Narratives and the Last of Humanity in Post Apocalyptic Video Games

Extremely Rough Transcript Since their inception, video games have imagined future spaces. Video games make it possible for the player, to not just envisage but explore, post-apocalyptic spaces through environmental storytelling and embedded eco-narratives. These post-apocalyptic spaces are manifestations of contemporary anxieties, allowing the player to interpret the causal relationship between current practices and the…

Young Adult Cli-Fi -A Comparative Case Study

Focusing on Ship Breakers by Paolo Bacigalupi, Carbon Diaries; Book 1 by Saci Lloyd & Solstice by PJ Hoover Post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction utilises adolescent anxieties and curiosities about the future, allowing the reader to negotiate those anxieties in speculative future spaces. As a coming of age narrative, the dystopian novel often creates a reality…

In Cold Blood & Capote – Or why you should never trust a writer…

Welcome to season 2 of The Frankenpod in which we will be looking at Truman Capote and his “literary non-fiction” novel In Cold Blood (1966). You can listen here Download here Or add us to your podcast app The media that we focused on included; The 1966 novel In Cold Blood: A true account of a multiple…

The Devil’s Dictionary

Today we are going to dabble in The Devil’s Dictionary.  Our Twitter is @thefrankenpod Listen Now! The first English dictionary is commonly thought to be compiled in 1755 by Dr Samuel Johnson of Blackadder fame. But that’s not really true. There were plenty of dictionaries before him. The most accurate guess at the earliest English…

Richard March’s The Beetle with Olivia from What’sHerName Podcast

This blog post accompanies The FrankenPod episode Unpleasant Odours released on Saturday the 14th of July 2018. Download the episode Add The FrankenPod to your podcast app I was lucky enough to be joined by Olivia of the women’s history podcast What’sHerName which draws attention to stories of women who get consistently overlooked. Olivia teaches…

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Brent who trusted Morgan to tell him a story with a beginning, middle and end… This is the blog post that accompanies The FrankenPod episode Drood! released on the 7th of July 2018. Click here to add us into your podcast app! This episode we talk about…

Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca with Linzi from 33% Pulp

This is a belated blog post for the episode ‘Playing Mrs De Winter… Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier with Linzi from 33% Pulp’of the FrankenPod. Click here to add us into your podcast app! First things first, I’m so grateful to Linzi for making the time to not only talk to me about the book…