Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dickensian Gothic: A Christmas Carol

David L Rattigan opens a creaking door on Charles Dickens’s Gothic tale

The year was 1843, and English literature had witnessed the zenith of early Gothic horror in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818). On the other side of the Atlantic, Edgar Allen Poe was reimagining the genre in such tales as The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) and The Tell-Tale Heart (1843). And in Britain, Charles Dickens was appropriating the Gothic tradition for his own stories; the conventions of the Gothic were to loom particularly large in late works such as Bleak House (1852) and Great Expectations (1860), but it was in a series of Christmas stories that he first explored the genre fully. The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846) and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848) are now forgotten by popular culture, but the first, A Christmas Carol (1843), continues to be read by millions and has been the subject of dozens of film adaptations.

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol primarily to expose the horrors of real-world injustice, but he chose to hang his social commentary on a literary framework owing much to Gothic horror. It is easy to forget that in genre terms, the tale of Scrooge is primarily a ghost story; it was originally ...

Read the full article at Bedlam: A Journal of Horror & the Macabre.

Behind the Scenes of A Christmas Carol

This behind-the-scenes video from ACT Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol really captures something of the joy of Charles Dickens's tale, I think.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

It's (Almost) the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

It's almost Christmas, and already this reader's mind is turning to Charles Dickens's seasonal tale A Christmas Carol.

Got a stage production of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol coming up? Get in touch, and I'll do my best to publicize it on this Scrooge blog.

In the meantime, get yourself in the festive mood by reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, online.