Now that my Visa has been happily secured and I have five days to go until I leave for Scotland, I’ve started thinking about what plans I might make to fill up my time there. And guess what? I believe I found my first trip: London. Now, I went to London in 2012 for a week and really, really enjoyed it. It was actually one of the places I considered studying abroad when I first was planning my trip. So what am I going back down there for?
One of the British Library’s fall exhibits is perfect: Terror and Wonder: the Gothic Imagination promises to delight anyone interested in the macabre. Here’s a blurb from the website:
Two hundred rare objects trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre.
From Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and Alexander McQueen, via posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit, experience the dark shadow the Gothic imagination has cast across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and our daily lives
For those of you just now joining me, not only do I blog on this wordpress but I also run twin Goth blogs on Tumblr and Blogspot. I adore all things spooky and horror, and the historical Gothic movement in art and literature has always fascinated me. So, why not take a trip down to London to see the exhibit?
Well, that puts a damper on things. As does the £50 price tag for the bus, plus whatever it would cost to find a hostel there (the exhibit itself is £10, which is much more manageable. I could try couchsurfing, which could be interesting.
I’ll continue to update as I make this plan. The exhibit runs from October third to January twentieth, which gives me some flexibility in terms of when I’ll actually be going.
And, of course, if anyone has any recommendations for things to see in London (I’ll be making another Victoria & Albert Museum stop, of course) please let me know!