A frightfully good exhibition has opened at the British Library. Terror and Wonder is the UK’s largest display of Gothic literature, marking 250 years since the first ever Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, caused a sensation and inspired the new genre.
Terror and Wonder celebrates the many literary masterpieces produced in Britain ever since, as well as modern interpretations of the Gothic in pop culture today.
Handwritten drafts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are contrasted with the modern horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the Twilight TV series exploring how this genre continues to be an important reflection of society’s attitudes, angst and fears.
Highlights of the exhibition also include the dark and Gothic-inspired artworks of influential painters, including Henry Fuseli, William Blake and Philip James de Loutherbourg, contrasted against modern art and photography, costumes and movies, from the Chapman Brothers to Stanley Kubrick.
The exhibition also includes fashion by Alexander McQueen, Martin Parr’s photographs of contemporary Goths in Whitby, as well as Wallace and Gromit’s surprisingly scary Were-Rabbit.
There’s even a Victorian vampire slaying kit, complete with holy water and stakes.
Go and experience 250 years of Gothic’s dark shadow – enter if you dare…
Terror and Wonder runs until 20th January 2015. Tickets £10 (concessions available).
Visit bl.uk/gothic for more info.
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Cultures of the Dark Side: A Day of Gothic Music and Fashion
Sunday 9th November, 11.45-19.30, Conference Centre
From subculture to high culture, this day of talks, discussions and performances is a celebration of alternative style and music. Participants will include music journalists John Robb and David Quantick plus special musical guests; innovative designers, fashion experts Amber Jane Butchart and Catherine Spooner, graphic artist Dave McKean and many others. There’ll be a market place, demonstrations, workshops and more.