Fantasy & Gothic Blog

Laura Bulbeck

Recent Posts

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Murder Mayhem; Crime & Mystery

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

 

Read More

Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short fiction

Gothic Horror: The Gothic Imagination

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Gothic literature has been a huge part of British history since its conception, and with Halloween around the corner, what better time to celebrate it! The British Library has just opened their exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, and it presents the evolution and spread of the Gothic genre over the 250 years it's been in existence.

Read More

Topics: gothic dreams, British Library

Fantasy Fiction to Big Screen: Hercules

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Hulking hero Hercules is one of the most popular figures to come out of Greek mythology. He has had several incarnations over the years, being presented in literature and more recently TV and film to great success. Summer blockbuster Hercules, featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, is due out at the end of this week, and it has prompted me to think about some of the memorable portrayals over the years.

Read More

Topics: myths and legends

Gothic Dreams: Apollo, A Cthulhu Book Review

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Take weird horror storyteller H.P. Lovecraft's terrifying and malevolent creation Cthulhu, and mix with the fantastical scope of Greek mythology; and what do you get? A uniquely-imagined epic adventure, with vivid storytelling and powerfully atmospheric artworks. I'm talking about the graphic novel Apollo, written by Erik von Wodtke and illustrated by Douglas A. Sirois.

Read More

Topics: gothic dreams, greek mythology, cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

Gothic Art: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Stepping out of reality and into a world full of mischievous fairies, fantastic backdrops and spooky settings, Jasmine Beckett-Griffith’s art transports her viewers into a world where anything is possible.

Read More

Topics: gothic dreams, gothic art

Dragon Art Artist: Michael Whelan

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
Dragon art connoisseur and all-around fantastic talent, Michael Whelan is, without doubt, one of the most highly regarded fantasy artists in the world today. From sword-and-sorcery to fine art, Whelan’s work is imbued with a sense of thoughtfulness, empathy and emotion that is missing from the art of many contemporary fantasy artists.

Book Cover Artist

Whelan's work has graced book covers from novelists like Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Poul Anderson and, most famously, Anne McCaffrey, bringing both author and artist unassailable respect among fantasy devotees. He has also won countless awards and accolades for his work, which he describes as ‘communication’, in a sense being an intermediary between the author’s words, vision and intention and the expectation and understanding of the reader or viewer. This viewpoint means that the symbolism of his work is as important as the actions and events that make up the subject matter.

Read More

Topics: fantasy art, dragon art

Fantasy Art: Ken Kelly: Master Artist

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

On a quest to experience the mythical, mystical, magical and macho all at once? Look no further than to the works of fantasy artist Ken Kelly. A work by Kelly is an invitation into the wonderful world of imagination, of warriors and dragon art, as he offers viewers a direct route into faraway places and primal battlefields that burst at the seams with vivacity.

Read More

Topics: fantasy art, dragon art

Gothic Fantasy Art: Anne Stokes

Posted by Laura Bulbeck
Gothic fantasy artist Anne Stokes is one of the biggest names in this genre, creating amazing artworks that are full of dark visions of danger, lust and gothic horror. She has contributed some fantastic pieces to some of our fantasy art books – in particular our recent publicatons Vampires and Gothic Art – and we can't rave about her enough!

'I have been fascinated by dark, mysterious and magical fantasy worlds since I was a child.' (Anne Stokes)

Read More

Topics: gothic dreams, fantasy art, vampires

Gothic Fantasy Art: Cris Ortega

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Cris Ortega produces phenomenal and mesmerising gothic fantasy art and steampunk art on a variety of subjects, but in many cases depicting women, around whom an air of beauty, mystery, emotion and magic can be built. The Spanish-based digital artist has had her work featured widely in all sorts of publications, book covers and posters, as well as in video games.

Read More

Topics: gothic dreams, Steampunk, gothic art, fantasy art

Creepy Stories: National Theatre's Frankenstein

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

As part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations, various cinemas screened a recording of the NT's live production of Frankenstein last month, based on Mary Shelley's gothic horror story. As I had not been lucky enough to get hold of one of the theatre tickets back in 2011 – they were like gold dust – I jumped at the chance to go see it at the cinema. The whole idea of opening up the theatre this way is fantastic, and although I do miss the atmosphere of a live performance, I undoubtedly had an enviable 'front-row' view thanks to the position of the cameras.

Read More

Topics: creepy stories, National Theatre

Subscribe for email updates