Psychic Vampires! Occultism in the Nineteenth Century

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Henry Bartholomew is a third year PhD candidate at the universities of Exeter and Bath Spa. His thesis mines the overlap between the recent “Speculative Turn” in continental philosophy and literary-theoretical approaches to the Gothic. His current research is on genre, gender, and the “female Gothic” in Florence Marryat’s 1897 novel The Blood of the Vampire. He tweets at @HenryBartholom6

vampirebat Illustration from J. Leyland’s Adventures in the Far Interior of South Africa. London, 1866. 332.

October marks that time of the year when vampires shake the coffin dirt from their capes to invade the cultural psyche once again. Coinciding with the cultural and consumerist phenomenon that is Halloween, re-imaginings of the vampire are currently rife, from Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches (2018) – based on Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy (2011-2014) – to Netflix’s new season of the video-game inspired animated series Castlevania (2018). Halloween is also…

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