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The BCSC presents an evening of thrills, chills and some proper Black Country ghouls!

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Brought to you by the University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Living Museum, Black Country Gothic explores the region as a Gothic setting. Expect spectacular tales of horror, the true and often tragic events that shape many of the region’s notorious ghost stories and the curious folklore and superstitions that remain with us today. We'll also be hearing from researchers at the University of Wolverhampton about brushes with the supernatural in their work.

Join our host, Dr Nicola Allen and special guests by the virtual fireside to discover:

  • What ‘gothic’ means and how it can apply to the Black Country
  • Black Country ghost stories and the true events behind them, with researchers from the Black Country Living Museum
  • Professor Keith Gildart on the connections between working class culture, ghosts and spiritualism
  • Curious objects with spooky histories

We'll also be joined by lecturer and author, R.M. Francis who will read from his novel 'Bella'.

We are also running a Twitter flash fiction competition that invites you craft your own Black Country gothic horror. The one rule: the story has to fit into a single Tweet! Post your stories using the hashtag #blackcountrygothic and follow and tag @BCStudiesCentre and @WolvesGothic. We’ll read some of the best entries out on the night and there will be a prize for the winning story.

The event will be held on Zoom and a link will be sent shortly beforehand. It is free to attend.

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