• Fascist Ghosts: Racism and the Far Right in British Horror, Part Two

    Fascist Ghosts: Racism and the Far Right in British Horror, Part Two2

    Content warning: This article contains excerpts from explicitly racist material. In the first post of this series, I discussed portrayals of race and racism in British horror fiction from the earlier half of the twentieth century, particularly in the work of Sax Rohmer, Bram Stoker, Nigel Kneale, and Dennis Wheatley. In this post, I will look at

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  • Fascist Ghosts: Racism and the Far Right in British Horror, Part One

    Fascist Ghosts: Racism and the Far Right in British Horror, Part One0

    In its own warped way, horror fiction has always reflected whatever is happening in the world around it. The most obvious metaphor is a funhouse mirror, offering a twisted representation of its surroundings for the audience’s surprise and entertainment. Inevitably, some of horror’s attempts to portray the surrounding world will be more successful than others.

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  • Otherworlds and Underworlds: Filthy Futures in Roadside Picnic and Neuromancer

    Otherworlds and Underworlds: Filthy Futures in Roadside Picnic and Neuromancer0

    More often than not, science fiction depicting the future on Earth conjures up spick-and-span cityscapes: gleaming streets and towers, an ordered and efficient environment, and hidden danger disguised as benign societal mechanisms. What’s seen less often are chaotic, dirty, bucket-of-bolts futures where menace lurks around every corner and people spill out, swearing, from grungy dives.

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