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Origins of Gothic Fantasy: Science Fiction

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Rounding off our mini-series on Gothic Fantasy Origins, today we take a closer look at Science Fiction.

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Topics: frankenstein, Gothic Fantasy, sf and fantasy, H.G. Wells

Origins of Gothic Fantasy: Gothic Horror Stories

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In our first blog of a new mini series, we take a look at the first gothic horror stories. We'll cover the origins, influences, and most significant figures in the genre, casting light into one of the darkest fiction genres out there.

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Topics: frankenstein, Gothic Fantasy, gothic horror, Bram Stoker, Matthew Lewis

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice, and Other Comic Crossovers | Superhero Movies

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The internet melted this weekend. The trailer for Zack Snyder's Superman v Batman was leaked and even though the quality was grainy and a little hard to hear, comic and sci-fi fans worldwide rejoiced. 

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Topics: movie posters, superhero movies

Taking the 'Man' Out of Superman v Batman | Superhero Movies

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One thing struck me after my intial excitement waned for the Batman v. Superman trailer that was leaked last week. It was the repetition of the suffix 'man'. Once you start saying it over and over it starts to become really noticable. BatMAN, SuperMAN, BatMAN, SuperMAN, MAN, MAN, MAN. 

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Topics: movie posters, superhero movies

Does an Excess of Power Always Lead to Dystopia? | Gothic Dreams

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What are the repurcussions of excessive power? Superhero films have lately opted for darker storylines: Man of Steel's final battle left Metroplis in ruins, with surely thousands of citizens dead. Equally Avengers Assemble's final set piece destroyed most of New York. One may wonder if the same levels of destruction will be found in the sequel. 

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Topics: movie posters, dystopia, superhero movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron & Other Superhero Sequels | Superhero Movies

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With the new movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron about to hit cinemas tomorrow, we thought we'd take a look at the epic might of superhero movie sequels, reboots and their general appeal to the public.

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Topics: movie posters, superhero movies

Goya at the Courtauld Gallery & Amazing Gothic eBooks | Gothic Dreams

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Topics: gothic dreams, dystopia, Necronomicon, Steampunk, cthulhu

Dystopias in Literature | Gothic Dreams

Posted by Matt Knight

In the final instalment of our Dystopian Universes series (part 1 / part 2), we look at the best literary depictions of dystopias. Ranging from the classics to other books you might not have heard of. For any sci-fi lover, this is an excellent one-stop list of the best dystopian novels out there. Get some tips courtesy of us and get your weekend reading sorted out right now.

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Topics: gothic dreams, dystopia

What Is The Necronomicon? | Gothic Horror

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A book bound in human flesh and inked in blood, a book filled with spells to raise the dead and summon ancient creatures, the Necronomicon inflicts insanity and even death upon its readers.

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

Tattoo Art & Recent Popularity | Art Calendars

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Where do tattoos exist in today's society? The short answer could be: everywhere. Once consigned as the embellishments of rockstars and delinquents, tattoos have enjoyed a renaissance of late and now about 20% of adults have one. So what happened?

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Topics: tattoo art

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