A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
Our fascination with the Gothic Aesthetic
Our Fascination with the Gothic Aesthetic
An in-person talk at Kensal Green Cemetery with Roger Luckhurst

Saturday 9th October 2021 at 1:30 pm

The word Gothic conjures associations with the dark and melancholy, the weird and feared, and haunted places and people. In this talk Roger Luckhurst will offer an unprecedented look at the ways this uncanny style has manifested itself through architecture, literature, film, art, video games, and more. From the works of Victor Hugo and E. T. A. Hoffmann to Southern Gothic, ancient folklore, and classic horror movies, Professor Luckhurst will explore how an aesthetic that began in the margins has been reinvented through the centuries to become part of mainstream global culture.

The talk will delve into Gothic traditions and settings around the world, from the sublime Alps and Australian outback to the Arctic wasteland, from the dark folkloric realm of the forest to the postindustrial landscapes of abandoned hospitals and asylums, and then beyond the bounds of the planet to unknowable cosmic horror, showing how as the Gothic has traveled across the globe and through time, it has morphed according to the shape of our changing fears and anxieties. Professor Luckhurst will lift the veil on our fascination with the eerie, morbid, and supernatural.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to buy.

Roger Luckhurst
Roger Luckhurst has written lots of books on science fiction, horror and the Gothic. His previous publications include The Mummy's Curse: The True Story of a Dark Fantasy and critical studies of the films The Shining and Alien. His most recent book, "The Gothic: An Illustrated History" published by Thames and Hudson will be available in all good bookstores from the 21st Ocotber 2021.

Image credit - A witch at her cauldron surrounded by monsters. Etching by Jan van de Velde II, 1626.

The Venue - Brompton Cemetery