Gothic was named after the Visigoths, the barbarian European tribes who defeated and sacked Ancient Rome.Continue reading “Triumph of the Goths!”
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was published in 1845.
In the story a mesmerist (a kind of hypnotist) puts a dying man called Valdemar in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death.Continue reading “Edgar Allan Poe and “Genre” Writing.”
I once attended a lecture on the Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad. The lecturer talked about two types of text.Continue reading “Kenostic vs. Heuristic Storytelling”