About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

‘Lizzie Borden took an axe’: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt [spoilers]

[This story was published on April 7 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/neo-victorian-review-lizzie-borden-took-an-axe-see-what-i-have-done-by-sarah-schmidt-spoilers.] Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one   History remembers August 4, 1892 as the date that the mutilated bodies of Andrew […]

Review: Poison Panic, by Helen Barrell

[This story was published on March 10 in the BAVS Newsletter. Read the original article in the BAVS Newsletter 17.1 at bavs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Newsletter-March-2017-2.] Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, by Helen Barrell, (Great Britain: Pen & Sword True Crime, 2016), 197pp., 41 B&W illustrations, £14.99, (paperback) ISBN 147-3- 8520-72 Arsenic has connotations inextricably linked with nineteenth […]