Spectral Visions Monthly Update: January 2015

Welcome to our new monthly post! We’ll be giving you a look at our month ahead at the beginning of every month, as well as our recommendations and news.


On the 30th January, Spectral Visions Press will be launching with a celebratory Talks and Ceilidh extravaganza! Please see our poster below for full details on Spectral Visions, Burns, The Borders


31st January marks the deadline of submissions for Spectral Visions: Grim Fairy Tales and the deadline for proposals for the inaugural issue of Monstrum. See the relevant links to see the full guidelines.


Our book of the month is Darren Shan’s Lord Loss. It is the first in the Demonata series of books, aimed at teenagers and horror fans.

It follows Grubbs Grady, an ordinary boy who soon comes to realise that demons are a very real threat to his world when his family is killed and he forced to live with a strange relative.

If you enjoy werewolves, horror and intriguing prose, we recommend you give the Demonata series a read.

We have a brief interview with Darren Shan available to read here.


Our show of the month is American Horror Story. It is the first series in the American Horror Story run, and it has scared, delighted and amazed, prompting an incredible and Gothic series.

Sophie and Holly, two of our Visionaries, have done a character analysis on their favourite characters.

To read Holly’s post on Tate Langdon, click here.

To read Sophie’s post on the Femme Fatale, click here.

About spectralvisions

Spectral Visions is an annual Gothic conference hosted by the University of Sunderland. It explores the dark, the decadent and the terrifying aspects of Gothic literature and language. This blog is a student-run initiative, where Visionaries showcase their creative talents and learning in short stories, poems and essays on the Gothic. You can follow us on Twitter at @spectralvisi0ns or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/uosgothic
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