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Dark and Deep: The Gothic Horror Blogathon


As many of you know, horror is my thang. But Gothic horror is what really gets me going. Nothing like reading about aristocrats who have secretly been feasting of peasants for a hundred years or watching films where the shadows are so deep, they hide a myriad of monsters. There are so many classics in this genre, it’s an absolute embarrassment of riches.

Gothic literature became popular in the late eighteenth century with such novelists as Ann Radcliffe, who wrote the wonderfully entitled The Mysteries of Udolpho, and Matthew Gregory Lewis, who apparently penned The Monk to get out of debt. These novels were sensationally popular, and would spawn a genre that has experienced ebbs and flows, but, like many of its characters, has remained eternal. It is a genre that has experienced much change over time, from Ann Radcliffe, to Bram Stoker, Daphne du Maurier and Anne Rice. All of whom have interpreted the genre in different ways and made it all the richer for it.

And so, I think that it’s a rather lovely idea to host a blogathon dedicated to my, and I hope your favourite, horror genre, gothic.

The Rules:

  1. The gothic is such an enormous genre. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
  2. You can write about gothic horror films or novels, actors and directors who were associated with the gothic horror genre etc.
  3. I will not be allowing any entries pertaining to Hammer Horror films. This is because Gill and Barry both already host a yearly Hammer Blogathon and because I want to encourage people to look elsewhere.
  4. The blogathon is being held on the 29th, 30th and 31st of October 2019. Yes! Right in time for that ghoulish holiday, Halloween. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, do let me know.
  5. Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
  6. And most importantly, let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at, or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto me and I’ll post it for you. Just remember to please include some pictures in your write up.
  7. Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.


The Participants: 

Topics claimed twice: The Crow (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Crimson Peak (2015)

Pale Writer: Crimson Peak (2015), Your Vice Is A Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) & The Crow (1994)

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and Crimson Peak (2015)

Poppity Talks Classic Film: The Horrible Dr Hitchcock (1962)

Realweemidget Reviews: Carry on Screaming (1966)

Moon in Gemini: Dragonwyck (1946)

Thoughts All Sorts: Sleepy Hollow (1999) & Northanger Abbey (2007)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Suddenly Last Summer (1959) & Julie (1956)

The Caftan Woman: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the 1939 film

Overture Books and Films: The Climax (1944)

Crítica Retro: Vampyre (1932)

Cinematic Catharsis: Kiss of the Vampire (1964)

Midnite Drive In: Nosferatu (1922) & Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

A Shroud of Thoughts: The Crow (1994)

Movie Rob: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

18 Cinema Lane: The net worth of characters in Queen of the Damned

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Breening Svengali (1931)

The Classic Movie Muse: Cat People (1942)

John V’s Eclectic Avenue: Black Sunday (1960)

Silver Screen Classics: Psycho (1960)

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58 thoughts on “Dark and Deep: The Gothic Horror Blogathon”

  1. Hi there…would love to join. This is a genre I’m really not too clued up on…so perfect opportunity. Silly question…I see you have Northanger Abbey as an image…does that mean it falls into this genre? If so, I’d love to do that…if not, then please put me down for Sleepy Hollow.

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      1. Northanger Abbey absolutely does. It was Austen homage to her love of the genre and poking fun at what Georgians thought of its supposed corrosive capacities. The first banner is of Crimson Peak (2015). Let me know if you still want to do Sleepy Hollow or not 🖤

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  2. Ok, I know I burned you on the last one, but I have a completely open schedule for late October. If you will allow it I’d like to do Nosferatu and pair it with Shadow of the Vampire, a 2000 fictional (I think) account of the background behind the original.

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      1. Great. I’ve been thinking about pairing those ever since I started my blog. But usually I’d think of it in December or January and put the idea on the burner until the next Halloween. But I’d always forget about it by the time Halloween rolled around. I’ve got it noted on my calendar, and I’ll go check them out at the library today so I won’t forget.

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  3. Dear Gabriela,

    Thank you for sending us the second article for our blogathon! We really appreciate it. Now, I would like to join your blogathon. I realized that Halloween, as well as the last day of your blogathon, is on Thursday this year. Thus, I would like to combine a Halloween topic with my Breening Thursday article for that week. I would like to write about “Svengali” from 1931. That seems quite Gothic to me, and, as a pre-Code film, it would be good to breen. Is that alright?

    By the way, I would like to invite you to join the third year of our annual Code celebration, The Third Annual Breening Blogathon! It is running from October 11-14 in honor of Joseph I. Breen’s 131st birthday. Whether you want to breen a film, review a new Code movie, or analyze some aspect of the years when Hollywood was governed by the Code, this is your chance to write about the topics which we always cover. What are your thoughts on the Code? This is your chance to play PCA-member or pretend that you are a member of PEPS. Let’s make this our most successful blogathon yet!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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      1. Thank you! Your blog is fantastic! B the way, that’s “Eclectic” Avenue, not Electric! Glad to join the blogathon! I’ll have it up by Wed/Thurs, and let you know!


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