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Gothic Stories, Films, and Tours
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Although Halloween is the perfect time to enter the realm of dark and morbid literature, you can go Gothic any time at Strawberry Hill. The eighteenth century Georgian Gothic manor was built by Horace Walpole,which inspired him to write what is considered to be the very first Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto in 1764.

The novel was turned into a film in 1979 by Jan Švankmaje, and is part of a screening during Starwberry Hill's Gothic Season, which runs between 24th October - 21st November.

Acting as appropriate bookends to the series are two Gothic bookclub evenings at 7.30pm. The first is a discussion and short reading of A.S.Byatt's Posession, which will be followed up by a lively night's talk about Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea. The events are free, but need booking.

On the 30th October, over 18s will be able to scare themselves silly on a terrifying Halloween tour of the grounds. Costumes are encouraged as there will be a prize for the best outfit. Bookings are £20.

Tickets to their Gothic film season can be bought for a discount £20 if you book all three screenings, which includes Phantom of the Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (31st October), and a double bill of The Castle of Otranto and The Nightmare Before Christmas (14th November).

On the 14th November, you can also attend a pre-film tour, where you will learn about the architecture, and how the building inspired many books and films.
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Why? Learning and entertainment
When: 24th Oct - 21st Nov
Phone: 44 (0)20 8744 1241
Where: Strawberry Hill
Cost: £7.20-£20
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