Explore the Art of Gothic (without leaving the sofa)

Ever wondered where the word ‘Gothic’ comes from? Or how the Gothic movement came to capture the imagination of 18th Century England? If so, have a look at The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour. The first episode, Liberty Diversity Depravity explains Gothic history, moving from classical Greek architecture to the French Revolution via the…

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A wreck, possibly related

Words by Rishi Dastidar Artwork by Matt Busher     0. I’ve been trying to finish a poem for ages now.  I keep landing on these words: “Remember – You are loved. I loved you. I will come back for you.” Clichés, I know. But what can you do? They keep appearing on the page.…

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Daddy knows nothing

Words by Neil Baker Artwork by Elaine Winter      There are two coffins in our front room and in the middle of the night, when our house is asleep, I slip into my sister’s one, so we can be together again. I feel safe in there. Our bodies are cold but our nighties are…

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The Dread

Words by Alya Al-Khatib Artwork by Leticia Credidio     File no: 17475XZE/MoD Classification: SECRET   This file is only available in transcript format. All requests for the video log must be approved by the Director of Defence Security. Start of recorded material WP Justine Zane, this is Wiltshire Police. Please sit down and face…

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Sardines

Words by Mike Reed Artwork by Mark Wheatcroft     Any minute now. Callum could hear the others moving around on the floors below – someone hammered up the main stairs. Voices shouted: ‘Not here!’ Sooner or later one of them – Jake, surely – would work it out, and steel himself to climb the…

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Living it up at the Month of the Dead

We are loving London’s Month of the Dead, a celebration of our capital’s ‘past, present, future and hereafter’. Sadly, you’re too late for the bone archive and the insect taxidermy workshop, as these are both sold out. But you can still meet some of London’s undertakers, to experience a ‘day in the life of death’.…

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Terror and Wonder at the British Library

As Halloween approaches, there are of course more opportunities for ghostly adventures. We at 26 Ghosts particularly like the look of Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, a British Library exhibition that covers 250 years of gothic history. http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/gothic/ We might duck out when we get to the Twilight section. But we’re definitely keen to…

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And we’re off…

Ever heard the story about the bride on her wedding day who hides in a chest during a game of hide-and-seek, and whose mouldering skeleton is only discovered years later? You probably have. It’s a real chestnut, and lots of houses in England lay claim to being the house where the story took place. But…

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