Thursday, March 1, 2018

Radcliffe Handout on Undead Arthuriana

Here is the text of my handout for my presentation at the Second Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon this weekend (conference information at

Arthurian Monster Mash:
The Undead in Camelot from The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne to the Fiction of Today

Michael A. Torregrossa /

I am a medievalist trained locally at both Rhode Island College and the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and my research focuses on the Arthurian tradition and its representation in popular culture, especially comics. I am very intrigued by the more obscure aspects of the modern Matter of Britain, and a colleague once introduced me at a conference as, “a purveyor of weird Arthuriana.” This tendency has inspired my ongoing work on monsters in Arthurian texts, such as Lovecraft’s menaces (the subject of a presentation this past summer at Necronomicon), a series of papers on vampires at meetings of the Northeast Popular Culture / American Culture Association, where I have served as Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair since 2008, and one paper on zombies at a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.

Works Cited:

The Adventures of Arthur at Tarn Wadling.” Five Middle English Arthurian Romances, translated by Valerie Krishna, Routledge, 2014. 

 The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne.” TEAMS Middle English Text Series, edited by Thomas Hahn,

Beranak, Adam, and Christian Beranak. Dracula vs. King Arthur four-issue comic book series (2005). (e-books on Amazon and comiXology)

Flores, David R. Dead Future King five-issue e-comic series (2012). (formerly on Amazon) 

Raimi, Sam. Evil Dead franchise (1981-). (multiple sites)

Robertson, Mark, illustrator. “The Adventure of Tarn Wathelyne.” The Unknown Arthur: Forgotten Tales of the Round Table, by John Matthews, Blandford, 1995, between pp. 96 and 97. 

Sinor, Bradley H. Lancelot the vampire series of short stories (1996-). (multiple sites and collections, including Echoes from the Darkness, In the Shadows, and Where the Shadows Began & Other Stories)

Toorchen, Anthea, illustrator.  The Adventures of Tarn Wathelyne.” The Unknown Arthur: Forgotten Tales of the Round Table, by John Matthews, Blandford, 1995, back cover.

Wolfe, Ron, and Dusty Higgins. Knights of the Living Dead first three issues of e-comic series (2012). (comiXology) 

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