No Gothic towers, no shuttered windows...
Just a quick heads-up that if you happen to be in the vicinity of Newcastle Castle Keep's Great Hall on Friday 17th June, at around 7pm, you might like to check out a very special screening of Ken Russell's Gothic, presented by Novocastria Macabre, in association with Screen Demons Horror Film Festival - and set to feature a must-see Q&A with screenwriter and Ghostwatch creator, Stephen Volk, and David Pirie, author of A Heritage Of Horror.
Not only will the occasion mark the 200th Anniversary of that rather inspirational evening at Villa Diodati, Switzerland, but also the anniversary of the film's production, having taken place exactly thirty years previously, in the summer of 1986...
The year is 1816 and poets Byron and Shelley, Byron's doctor Polidori and Shelley's mistress Mary Godwin (later to become his wife) gather in a villa on Lake Geneva and dare each other to write ghost stories. The results, Polidori's The Vampyre and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, become the foundations of the horror genre. In Ken Russell's recreation of that fateful night, the young Romantics hold a demonic séance and descend into a sex and opium-fuelled nightmare world.
Lovely stuff. Tickets are around £13 per person, and more info on the event can be found here.
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