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Haematophilic Semiotics in Tru(e) Blood
Xavier Aldana Reyes

This article analyses the role of blood in the American series True Blood. It opens with a reassessment of sexual readings of vampires that complements previous work on their metaphorical significance for Queer Studies and focuses on the complex AIDS burger sequence,in Season One. The article then explores how artificial blood, ‘TruBlood’, may function as a radical attack on vampires which mirrors how commodity culture has adapted to suit the needs of marginal communities. Lastly, the article turns to non-genetic blood ties to show how ‘true’,blood (i.e. personal or individual) is the only substance that actually unites creatures in the series.

Gothic Studies
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A Critical Reassessment of Found Footage Horror
Xavier Aldana Reyes

The aim of this article is twofold. On the one hand, it offers a survey of found footage horror since the turn of the millennium that begins with The Blair Witch Project (1999) and ends with Devils Due (2014). It identifies notable thematic strands and common formal characteristics in order to show that there is some sense of coherence in the finished look and feel of the films generally discussed under this rubric. On the other hand, the article seeks to reassess the popular misunderstanding that found footage constitutes a distinctive subgenre by repositioning it as a framing technique with specific narrative and stylistic effects.

Gothic Studies
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Xavier Aldana Reyes
,
Jenny Barrett
,
Pete Deakin
,
Robert Shail
,
Niamh Thornton
, and
Thomas Joseph Watson

Film Studies
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Xavier Aldana Reyes
,
Harry M. Benshoff
,
Kevin Corstorphine
,
Alicia Edwards
,
Jack Fennell
,
Jonathan Greenaway
,
Ardel Haefele-Thomas
,
Emma Liggins
,
Paul Murray
,
Claire V. Nally
,
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn
,
Rocío Rødtjer
, and
Caleb Sivyer
Gothic Studies