Volume 2, Issue 2

(Summer 2015)

Special Issue: The Supernatural in the Long Nineteenth Century

Guest Editor: Janine Hatter  

Print run sold out.

Introduction, by Janine Hatter (9-13)


Banishing the Beast: The Role of the Wolf in "Dracula's Guest" and Its Omission from Dracula, by Kaja Franck and Matthew  Beresford (14-28)


Writing the Vampire: M.E. Braddon's "Good Lady Ducayne" and Bram Stoker's Dracula, by Janine Hatter (29-47)


Bram Stoker's The Lair of the White Worm: Supernatural Representations and Nineteenth-Century Paleontology, by Carol  Senf (48-58)


Acting Monstrous: Staging the Creature in Presumption; Or, The Fate of Frankenstein, by Brittany Reid (59-72)


Haunted Tomes, Haunted Canvases: Supernatural Realism in Nineteenth-Century Novels and Paintings, by Cameron Dodworth (73-92)


"Land of the living that's thronged with the dead": Mary Kingsley and the Ghosts of West Africa, by Melissa Edmundson (93-107)

[Article unavailable as open-access by request of the author.]

From Ouina to Black Hawk: The Role of Native American Spirit Controls in the Victorian-Era Séance, by Elizabeth Lowry (108-117)


Mesmeric Clairvoyance in Mid-Victorian Literature: Eliot, Bulwer-Lytton, and MacDonald, by Helena Ifill (118-132)


Anatomy of the Demons: The Demoniac Body Dealers of the Penny Bloods, by Anna Gasperini (133-147)


Reincarnation, Rudyard Kipling, and Mortimer Collins, by Erin Louttit (148-160)


William Carleton, Folklore, the Famine, and the Irish Supernatural, by Melissa Fegan (161-173)


Ghostly Markings: Aesthetic Criminality, Acts, and Supernatural Identity in Wilde's "The Canterville Ghost," by Christie Cognevich (174-183)


Book Reviews


Killeen, Jarlath, ed. Bram Stoker: Centenary Essays. Review by Joy Bracewell.

Budge, Gavin. Romanticism, Medicine, and the Natural Supernatural. Review by Emma Butcher.

Elbert, Monika, and Bridget M. Marshall, eds. Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century. Review by Kevin Corstorphine.

Wynne, Catherine. Bram Stoker, Dracula, and the Victorian Gothic Stage. Review by Matthew Crofts.

Montillo, Roseanne. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece. Review by Michelle Gifford.

O'Briain, Helen Conrad, and Julie Anne Stevens, eds. The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Review by Janine Hatter.

Makala, Melissa Edmundson. Women's Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Review by Nicole Lobdell.

Gibson, Matthew. The Fantastic and European Gothic: History, Literature and the French Revolution. Review by Carol A. Senf.

Gimes, Hilary. The Late Victorian Gothic: Mental Science, the Uncanny and Scenes of Writing. Review by Victoria Samantha Dawson.


Matthew Beresford researches both vampire and werewolf myths from a European perspective, with particular emphasis on their history, archaeology, folklore, superstition, literature and cinematic portrayal. He is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Hertfordshire (as part of the Open Graves, Open Minds project) on Lord Byron, John Polidori, and the literary vampire in the early nineteenth century.

Christie Cognevich is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University, where she is working on a dissertation titled Murder Collages, Or How to Kill Your Wife in Victorian Britain: Elided Victorians and Erupting Voices, in which she explores the discursive side effect of silence and re-examines the under-considered relationship between silence and the construction of voice.

Cameron Dodworth is an Assistant Professor in nineteenth-century British literature at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His research interests include Gothicism, nineteenth-century literature and art (particularly Realism and Naturalism), adaptation studies, and food in literature.

Melissa Edmundson specializes in nineteenth and early twentieth-century British women writers, with particular interests in women’s ghost stories, the Gothic, and Anglo-Indian popular fiction. She is the editor of a critical edition of Alice Perrin’s East of Suez (1901), published by Victorian Secrets Press in 2011, and author of Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Wales Press, 2013). Her articles have appeared in English Studies, English Language Notes, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Notes and Queries, The CEA Critic, Gothic Studies, and Victorian Literature and Culture. Her current projects include an edited collection, “Supernatural and the Gothic Tradition,” a Broadview edition of Dinah Mulock Craik’s The Half-Caste (1851), and an article on the First World War ghost stories of H. D. Everett.  

Melissa Fegan is a Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Chester. Her publications include articles and chapters on William Carleton and James Clarence Mangan, Irish travel writing, and representations of the Great Famine, and she is the author of Literature and the Irish Famine 1845-1919 (OUP, 2002). She is currently working on the memory of the Famine in twentieth and twenty-first-century Irish literature.

Kaja Franck is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Hertfordshire. The title of her thesis is The Development of the Literary Werewolf: Language, Subjectivity and Animal/ Human Boundaries. She is particularly interested in the field of EcoGothic.

Anna Gasperini is a third year PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she researches the relationship between the Victorian Penny Bloods and medicine. Her research interests cover Victorian cheap serialized fiction, the Victorian Gothic, and the relationship between Victorian literature and medicine.

Janine Hatter is an Early Career Researcher who gained her doctorate from the University of Hull, and she currently holds Honorary Research Associate at this institution. Her research interests center on nineteenth century literature, art, culture and science, with particular emphasis on the “popular,” short fiction and the work of M E Braddon; she is a co-founder of the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association.

Helena Ifill received her PhD at the University of Sheffield, where she now teaches English Literature. Her research interests focus on mid-Victorian literature’s engagement with contemporary science, pseudo-science and medicine.

Erin Louttit is an independent scholar based in the Netherlands. She received her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2013 and her research interests include gender and the occult, Victorian literature and culture, and literary faiths.

Elizabeth Lowry is a Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition at Arizona State University. Her work has been published in Aries and Rhetoric Review, and inedited collections.

Brittany Reid is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include Romanticism, performance, and all things Frankenstein.

Carol Senf, after 43 years of wrestling with Bram Stoker’s fiction (most recently, Bram Stoker, University of Wales Press, 2010), still finds lots of unanswered questions. When she is not studying Stoker or other nineteenth-century writers, Senf is a faculty member in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

*These notes appear on pages 203-204 of the print version.