Why are we wearing bras on our heads? Occult perceptions in the home video era

Earlier this month, I was thrilled to have been invited to deliver my first academic paper at The Gothic 1980s Symposium in Manchester.

My argument was around how certain films of the 1980s used occult practice to give agency to characters, allowing them to learn and affect the narrative in a more direct way than traditional aesthetically identifiable ‘goth’ characters (like Alison from The Breakfast Club).

The paper will be rewritten and reworked into the next episode of the Beyond the Neon podcast, but for those who might want to hear the actual speech, here it is in full…

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