For ages 14-18+

This unique, narrated visual presentation weaves archive footage, pop culture references and film trailers into a half hour odyssey into the Gothic, re-introducing familiar characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster, with a very modern twist.

In this event, Colin combines his lifelong obsession with the darker side of cinema and literature with a strong appreciation for the source texts, inspiring us to think more closely about the importance of Gothic literature in modern life, art and culture, and to ask why it is that the genre’s popularity still endures today.

Please be aware: this event includes clips from films that are rated 15 and 18. However, all clips used have been independently assessed and are deemed appropriate for children aged 14+.

Part of the Digital Programme for Schools & Families: Secondary Author Day

Funded by the Emerald Foundation, events focus on the theme of the Gothic novel whilst local contemporary authors explore the idea of “write where you are”. Content is suitable for students in KS3, KS4 or A/S & A level and can be used as an introduction to the gothic genre, or to deepen and widen contextual awareness and understanding.


For each or our themed days children can take part in an exciting competition tailored to their Key Stage/ age. For more information, view our competition packs linked below:

Secondary Author Day Competition Pack

About The Host

Colin McCracken

Colin J McCracken is an Irish writer who has worked on numerous projects in various capacities and alongside genre legends. A veteran of the horror scene with almost two decades of misadventures in film, academia and non-fiction, his writing has been featured in Fangoria, JSTOR Daily, Rue Morgue, Diabolique and Verite among others. A regular host and panellist at film festivals and events, McCracken knows horror like the back of his hand…which appears to be transforming!