A Theological Reading of Jekyll and Hyde.

This piece will engage with the canonical Gothic as it finds expression in the fin-de-siècle. A time of great cultural instability and huge change, this era of Gothic literary history has been a highly productive area for critical examination, as scientific, cultural, social and political alterations fundamentally affected the nature of the Gothic texts produced. […]

There Is Nothing In The Dark To Be Afraid Of

Horror Studies has in the past few decades become increasingly interested in philosophy. The objects of fear that horror produced were not merely a low brow mode of aesthetic expression but a means of understanding the darker sides of thought in a particular socio-cultural or historical moment. Texts like Dracula (1898) were not merely about […]

A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

To talk of a theological Lovecraft may initially strike the aficionado of weird fiction as an exercise in futility. In his personal writing, Lovecraft reveals a deeply held atheism and critical work has always acknowledged what S.T Joshi refers to as his cynical materialism. Lovecraft himself opined in 1919 that ‘there is a real restfulness […]