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Johan Höglund

This essay argues that Stephen King‘s 2006 novel Cell explores the age of terror with the aid of two concurrent Gothic discourses. The first such discourse belongs to the tradition that Patrick Brantlinger has termed Imperial Gothic. As such, it imagines with the War on Terror that the threat that the (Gothic) Other constitutes is most usefully managed with the help of massive, military violence. The other, and more traditional, Gothic discourse radically imagines such violence as instead a War of Terror. The essay then argues that Cell does not attempt to reconcile these opposed positions to terror. Instead, the novel employs the two Gothic discourses to describe the epistemological rift that terror inevitably creates.

Gothic Studies
Peter Schwenger

For Maurice Blanchot, writing is associated with the ‘other’ night, of which literal darkness is only the shadow. Writers, like insomniacs, seek a resting place that cannot be attained, a control leading only to passivity. Stephen King‘s The Dark Half (1989) – a novel about writing – is a Gothic exemplar of Blanchot‘s theories.

Gothic Studies
or, The Self-Possessed Child
Steven Bruhm

The late twentieth century is fascinated by the phenomenon of the gothic child, the child who manifests evil, violence, and sexual aggression. On the face of it, this evil is “caused” by either medical or social factors: medicinal drugs, radiation, or the corrupting influences,of political others. However, this essay argues that the gothic child actually arises from conflicting forces of child-philosophies, the intersection of Romantic childhood innocence with Freudian depth models. These models tacitly point to a child that “is” rather than “is,made”, a child that belies contemporary parental attempts to make it be otherwise. Moreover, the idea that the child is somehow immune to parental influence – that it is self-possessed rather than possessed by another – extends to the current notion of,the “inner child”, that “self” who is the seat of identity and coherence. Because of this, the gothic as often fantasizes the killing of the “child within” as it revels in killing the child without.

Gothic Studies
Gothic kinship in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary
John Sears

‘There was something very familiar in this rap, something eerily familiar –’ ( Pet Sematary ). Early in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (1983), a neighbourly act of kindness establishes a surrogate family relationship – between a symbolic

in Gothic kinship
Nordic Gothic and transcultural adaptation
Maria Holmgren Troy

for this film adaptation and it was directed by Tomas Alfredson. Riget and Låt den rätte komma in have also spawned American adaptations, which will be discussed together and compared with von Trier's and Lindqvist's Nordic Gothic productions in this chapter. Based on von Trier's TV series, Stephen King developed Kingdom Hospital (ABC 2004, thirteen episodes) with von Trier as one of the executive producers. Kingdom Hospital was the first American adaptation of a Danish TV series, 2

in Nordic Gothic
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Editors: Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosnik

Although the preoccupation of Gothic storytelling with the family has often been observed, it invites a more systematic exploration. Gothic Kinship brings together case studies of Gothic kinship ties in film and literature and offers a synthesis and theoretical exploration of the different appearances of the Gothic family. The volume explores the cultural mediation of the shifting relations of kinship and power in gothic fictionfrom the eighteenth century up to the present day. Writers discussed include early British Gothic writers such as Eleanor Sleath and Louisa Sidney Stanhope as well as a range of later authors writing in English, including Elizabeth Gaskell, William March, Stephen King, Poppy Z. Brite, Patricia Duncker, J. K. Rowling and Audrey Niffenegger. There are also essays on Dutch authors (Louis Couperus and Renate Dorrestein) and on the film directors Wes Craven and Steven Sheil.

Arranged chronologically, the various contributions show that both early and contemporary Gothic display very diverse kinship ties, ranging from metaphorical to triangular, from queer to nuclear-patriarchal. Gothic proves to be a rich source of expressing both subversive and conservative notions of the family.

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American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

Printing Terror places horror comics of the mid-twentieth century in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently and necessarily subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America’s changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s and 1950s, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The authors examine each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics are centred upon white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other. It is of interest to scholars of horror, comics studies, and American history. It is suitably accessible to be used in undergraduate classes.

Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
Author: Paddy Hoey

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

The Books of Blood and the transformation of the weird
Kevin Corstorphine

–20. Clive Barker's writing has been indelibly marked by Stephen King's enthusiastic endorsement calling him ‘the future of horror’. While there is much in the various stories that comprise the Books of Blood to suggest this, it is a rather misleading term, and has been confounded repeatedly by his exploration of the fantastic and imaginative over a focus on the gory

in Clive Barker
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Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

traction both in the UK and the United States. Barker's star was on the ascent, complete with the now infamous endorsement by Stephen King as ‘the future of horror’ which would adorn Barker's publicity material and novels for decades to come. 3 Sphere published the six volumes of Books of Blood , during which time they began carefully crafting Barker's next project, his debut novel, The Damnation Game

in Clive Barker