Dawn Keetley

Exploring a Filming Location: Alan Garner’s Red Shift – St Mary the Virgin

The result of my mission to discover the church that formed such a large part of Red Shift (1978), the BBC Play for Today adaptation directed by John Mackenzie and written by Alan Garner (based on his 1973 novel). I… Continue Reading →

Plant Horror

Five great books that explore the terrifying world of plants.

Doomwatch (1972) as Folk Horror

I am honored to have contributed an essay to this standout collection of essays, Folk Horror on Film: Return of the British Repressed, edited by Kevin J. Donnelly and Louis Bayman, published by Manchester University Press in late 2023. In… Continue Reading →

Folk Gothic

In this entry in the Cambridge Gothic Elements series, I tackle the question: is there a distinct form of the ‘folk gothic’ that’s substantively different from ‘folk horror’? Here it is – free to download and read until January 1,… Continue Reading →

Devon Folk Horror – The Moorstone Sickness by Bernard Taylor

In the latest special issue of Horror Homeroom (this one on horror literature), I take up a little known folk horror novel from 1982, Bernard Taylor’s The Moorstone Sickness. Here’s a brief excerpt: The central ritual at the end of The… Continue Reading →

Folk Horror: New Global Pathways

Here’s a blog post I wrote for the University of Wales Press’s website about the collection Ruth Heholt and I edited on folk horror: Folk Horror: New Global Pathways  

‘The Dark Is Here’: The Third Day and Folk Horror’s Anxiety about Birth Rates, Immigration, and Race

A Folk Horror series pervaded by darkness, The Third Day is a British-American co-production released on HBO and Sky Atlantic in September 2020. The series is set and filmed on the island of Osea, just off the Essex coast, and… Continue Reading →

Female Fiends – fascinating 19th century US narratives

Quite a while ago now, I published an article in American Quarterly that was a pure labor of love – an analysis of a whole cache of pamphlets from the antebellum period purportedly written by “female fiends.” What’s not to… Continue Reading →

Forms of Folk Horror in Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Loved researching and writing this article on Nigel Kneale’s original screenplay for Halloween III – and the different kinds of folk horror this film ultimately encompassed. 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill… Continue Reading →

True Detective’s Folk Gothic

“True Detective’s Folk Gothic,” in Dark Scenes from Damaged Earth: The Gothic Anthropocene, edited by Justin D. Edwards, Rune Graulund, and Johan Höglund (University of Minnesota Press, 2022), pp. 130-50. Here’s the full citation for the chapter – and the… Continue Reading →

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