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Podcast: Dreadful Discourse

Update, 1/11/2021: The podcast has been on hiatus for four months, but my partner Lindsay and I are making content again. However, the podcast has a new name, Dreadful Discourse, and will have better production values: a new credits intro, custom background art drawn by me, music, and better-sounding audio. Also, more Lindsay and less me flapping my goddamn gums. Yay! 

The whole YouTube playlist is available, here. We also have a new Patreon for the podcast, which you can find, here.

Dreadful Discourse is a podcast-style YouTube series hosted by myself and my partner, Lindsay Wheeler. In it, we discuss the Gothic—what it is, and its individual components in a great detail.

Note: This section will be updated as future videos in the series go live.

Episode 1, the Pilot

This episode discusses the Gothic more generally by outlining its core components: the uncanny, the abject, hauntology, atmosphere, presentation (i.e., horror and terror), oscillation; and various tropes, including the Faustian Bargain and the Promethean Quest.

Episode 2, the Uncanny

This episode covers the uncanny within the Gothic mode: from masks and slashers, to aliens, robots, ghosts, and more!

Episode 3, the Hauntology

This episode Derrida's Hauntology within the Gothic mode, as well as the differences between it and pastiche!

This episode covers Julia Kristeva's process of abjection within the Gothic mode: from the idea itself; to archaic mothers, graveyards, and metroids; to hypocrite mad scientists and more!

This episode covers atmosphere—specially Rudolph Otto's Numinous (mysterium tremendum), and H. P. Lovecraft's Weird (cosmic nihilism) as they appear in various Gothic tales.

This episode covers terror and horror as outlined in Ann Radcliffe's famous model. Using this model, Lindsay and I dissect The Invisible Man (2020). 

This episode cover Satan (in all his forms) in Gothic media. 

From Macbeth to Carrie to Metroid, Lindsay and I discuss phallic women and Archaic Mothers in Gothic media. 


About me: My name is Nick van der Waard and I'm a Gothic ludologist. I primarily write reviews, Gothic analyses, and interviews. Because my main body of work is relatively vast, I've compiled it into a single compendium where I not only list my favorite works, I also summarize them. Check it out, here!

I'm an artist and a writer. If you're interested my work and are curious about illustrated or written commissions, please refer to my website for more information. If you want to contact me about a guest article, please use this contact form or reach out to me on Discord (vanderWaardart#5394)!

If you want to make donations, you can directly support my artwork on Patreon and my writing on Ko-Fi!