Batman artist Dave McKean has created a Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-inspired piece of art for the British Library’s new Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition.
The huge collection charts 250 years of chilling literature from the manuscripts and rare editions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist to the stories produced by contemporary scribes like Angela Carter and Sarah Waters.
Artworks by Henry Fuseli and William Blake will also be compared to modern art and photography, costumes and films from Alexander McQueen to Stanley Kubrick.
Greg Buzwell, the exhibition’s co-curator, said: “Dave’s artwork brilliantly captures the drama and intensity of the Gothic imagination, something which we explore in detail in Terror and Wonder. Ever since the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, Gothic themes and ideas have provided a rich source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers, artists, musicians and fashion designers; adding colour, wonder and a dash of delicious fear to our lives.”
McKean’s picture will be used to promote the display as posters around London, and as a six-metre high installation in the Library’s entrance hall.
Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be open from 3 October 2014 until 20 January 2015.
Joanna Vanderham, who previously starred in the department store drama series The Paradise, is set to appear in the 90-minute adaptation of The Go-Between by LP Hartley.
The 20th century story looks at Leo Colston’s childhood memories triggered by the discovery of a 1900 diary.
Other cast members include Mayday actress Lesley Manville, Titanic actor Stephen Campbell Moore and Shameless star Ben Batt.
Vanderham commented: “I am so excited to have been asked to play Marian Maudsley in the BBC’s new adaptation of this classic novel. I hope to bring the spirit of LP Hartley’s iconic and wonderful story to life on screen along with the fantastic cast lined up for The Go-Between.”
The drama forms part of the BBC’s classic 20th century literature season, which also features Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Ben Vanstone’s adaptation of Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie and JB Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls.
The Go-Between will be shown next year.
Booktrust has been offering comfort to families with premature or poorly babies in neonatal wards in the form of free books.
These gifts will help to create strong and loving bonds between parents and babies, reduce stress levels, and promote good reading habits.
Kayele Clifton, a mother who gave birth seven weeks early after major heart surgery, enjoys reading Super Duck by Jez Alborough to her baby Archie in Saint Mary’s newborn intensive care unit in Manchester. She is particularly happy that the story will enable her son to get used to the sound of her voice.
And Catherine Hamilton, whose son had major surgery at four days old in St George’s Hospital, commented: “Reading stories to your baby is something you can understand. It’s a shock to see your baby so ill, you can’t really parent like you expected to, so reading is a familiar comfort.”