Silent Monsters

The topic of my PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh were silent film adaptations of 19th – early 20th century Gothic novels and the aesthetic and psychological interpretation of the “monster” figure.

My research included films made between 1897 and 1920 and included “monstrous” characters such as Jekyll/Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Erik from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker, Gwynplaine from The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, Frankenstein’s Creature from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Faust from Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Orlac from The Hands of Orlac by Maurice Renard.

I had the privilege to meet a vast array of mad scientists, hybrid creatures, deranged geniuses, artists, deformed heroes and lost souls, who changed my life forever. I’ve hoarded them all in my enormous secret database, which I hope to one day make public.

This research has been and continues to be a huge inspiration to me in everything I do. It seeps into my art, film making and writing and even into my work in Egypt.

My Articles on Film, Literature, Art, History and the Monsters who Haunt Them:

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“The Mummy Unwrapped.” Rue Morgue Magazine, no. 162, Dec. 2015.
“Classic Cut: John S. Robertson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Rue Morgue Magazine, no. 146, July 2014

“Review: Eve Golden (2013) John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky.” Film-Philosophy Journal, vol. 19, 2015.

Blakeney, Katherine. “Film Technology.” HistoriCool Magazine, no. 27, July 2017.
For Inquiries Journal

F.W. Murnau, His Films, and Their Influence on German Expressionism

Comparing Characters from Albert Camus’s “The Fall” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Perceptions of Heroes and Villains in European Literature

William Shakespeare’s Richard III: Brilliant Schemer, Entertaining Villain

Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Plays of Shakespeare

Jean De Joinville and his Biography of Saint Louis on the Seventh Crusade

Perceptions of Knighthood: Comparing the Character of “The Knight” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Knight in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal

Art and Biology: How Discoveries in Biology Influenced the Development of Art Nouveau

An Analysis of Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity”

An Analysis of Film Critic Andre Bazin’s Views on Expressionism and Realism in Film

Essays for the blog

The Artist and Munch’s Silent Scream

Frida Kahlo and the Oscar-Nominated Actresses of 2012

Gauguin and “The Descendants”

William Bradford, The Titanic And The Oscars

The Story Behind the Painting of Tintern Abbey

Lady With an Ermine and The Borgias

Dali and the Ugly Duckling

The Sunflower Effect: Art Coming to Life (a terrifying short story in three parts)