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An introduction to Thomas Ingoldsby and his gothic legends

Think Gothic literature: what names come to mind? Perhaps M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stroker, Robert Louis Stevenson, or even some of the first authors in the genre, including Ann Radcliffe? Surely, Thomas Ingoldsby is not your instant choice, nor is the true name behind his pen signature, Richard Harris Barham. His father (also…

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A spiritual quest and a Sapphire Song – Interview with author Todd Erick Pedersen

When Todd Erick Pedersen‘s work has been put to my attention, I could not help but research the reason behind its creation and started developing an interest in his novel and poems, all very interesting and somewhat standing out from the overcrowded fantasy genre to which is sort of belongs. Despite having been written before the…

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Danish drama 1864: a tale of history, love and much more

Without a little history recap, the whole background setting could be quite confusing for a foreigner: at the core of the whole thing is the Schleswig-Holstein question, a complicated diplomatic issue. Even Lord Palmerston has apparently stated that the only people who really understood the question were “the Prince Consort, who is dead, a German professor, who has…

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Never been made into a movie: 5 novels which (luckily) stayed on paper

Not all novels work well on the big screen. Most notably, literary works with little or no exposure to the mainstream have attracted unexpected levels of popularity thanks to adaptations and movie versions.  Watching is such a different approach to stories than reading that one can barely compare the two experiences and probably it is…

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Nordic and Scandinavian literature: the brighter side of it

Britain’s obsession with Scandinavian crime fiction shows no signs of stopping. On television, “The Killing” and “The Bridge” have rapidly gained an ever-growing number of viewers. When did this all begin? Perhaps we can trace it back to the best-selling release of Stieg Larsson’s “The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo” as a book and later…