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 […]

A review of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful And Things Strange

Adam Scovell’s Folk Horror is an excellent primer on the cultural mode, as manifested in fiction, film, music and television. Not only does it offer an accessible introduction to  those new to the discourse around folk horror, but it should also interest those who are au fait with the subgenre: it offers much depth of analysis […]

A Review of Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl

Content warning for both Ford’s book and this review: sexual violence, rape culture, eating disorders, and mental health issues. Note: Fight Like A Girl was originally printed in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2016, and was published by Oneworld Publications for the UK on August 2, and will be published in the US on […]

Blog post: update

Hello hello! It’s been quite a while since I’ve put together an update, so I thought I’d do a wee blog post just talking about everything I’m working on at the moment. This is much more about self-accountability than it is about letting any possible readers of this page know what’s up – I’ve no […]

The Living and the Dead: You Will Reap What You Sow

[This story was published on January 6 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-you-will-reap-what-you-sow.] In previous posts on The Living and the Dead, I have discussed how tensions between different worlds – old and new, religious and scientific, ‘real’ and ghostly – have been explored by the programme through its characters and themes. […]

The Living and the Dead: A Victorian Language of Flowers, ‘invisible’ lesbians and the New Woman

[This story was published on December 30 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-a-victorian-language-of-flowers-invisible-lesbians-and-the-new-woman] It is autumn, 1894. A woman with a red dress and black hair stumbles through the misty forests of Shepzoy in Somerset. Attacked suddenly by an unseen force before the daguerreotype-style opening credits of The Living and the […]