After a spellbinding year, we welcome you all back for what we hope to be an exciting new journey for Spectral Visions. Brimful of Gothic delight, we venture back into the world of darkness.
Sadly, this welcome also comes with a goodbye, as the beautiful and intelligent Stephanie Gallon has passed over the blog torch, as she embarks on the next leg of her educational career. Let’s do her proud!
The last academic year brought plenty of mystery and mayhem, as we celebrated Burns Night, launched the fantastic Spectral Visions Press and hosted the ever educational annual conference Spectral Visions: Carn-evil.
The press being an extremely important factor, has allowed students and academics to be a part of a professional publishing house. Thus, giving students employment experience in numerous areas including editing, proof-reading, copy-writing and type-setting. Students and others, have also had the opportunity to submit creative work which has since been published, and the Spectral Visions: Grim Fairy Tales is now on sale on Amazon UK. The launch date for this publication is TBA. This of course would not have been possible, if not for the amazing ideas, hard work, dedication and support of Prof. Colin Younger, Dr Alison Younger, Steve Watts and Prof. Peter Dempsey.
The next publication Spectral Visions: Ghost Stories and Spectral Poems, is currently in progress and submissions are being accepted. Please find the relevant information under the Spectral Visions: The Collection, tab!
The annual conference – Spectral Visions: Carn-evil – was filled with scream worthy fun. Balloon popping, sadistic clowns and a terrorising wolf boy, allowed for an educational insight into the world of historical freaks. Since then, planning for the next conference has been well under way and a photo shoot has already taken place at Newcastles, Castle Keep. The theme this year is ‘Coven’ and we expect everyone to have their witch hats at the ready!
Finally, please head over to our new sister blog – Spectral Visions: The Creative Journey – and give it a follow. This blog will keep you entertained with visual insight into the world of Gothic!
Before I finish I would like to say a rather large thank you to David Newton and Grant Humphrey for their amazing photography skills and help. Heather Steinson, my talented and very patient brother Shaun Keegan and Jessica Cartner, for their help in re-launching the SV blog and whilst I found my bearings!
Please stay tuned for further conference and event information, and enjoy the blogs dark delights, in the mean time!