The Black Archive #56: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

No. 56 of 77 in the The Black Archive books series
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By:Philip Purser-Hallard
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Released:  November 2021 (original release)
November 2022 (print-on-demand release)
Publisher:  Obverse Books
Format: paperback
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Cover blurb:
‘You didn’t want to be this way. They hurt you — this modern Prometheus.’

Exploring the origins of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and featuring multiple historical figures, The Haunting of Villa Diodati (2020) combines and revitalises Doctor Who’s institutions of Gothic horror and the ‘celebrity historical’. This volume delves into its inspiration in the apocalyptic darkness of 1816, its affinities with the Romantic poetry of Byron and Percy Shelley, and its marriage of Frankenstein’s images and themes with the monstrous creations of Doctor Who tradition.

Philip Purser-Hallard is an editor of the Black Archive, and has written or co-written three previous books in the range.

Book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day

“A grandly ambitious thing to attempt with something as exhaustively detailed as (Doctor Who). But they actually manage it. Treat your bookshelf."
—Doctor Who Magazine

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