The other day, Liz Williams came to give a talk at the University of Bristol Pagan and Earth Religions Society on the nature and legacy of the gothic imagination, and how we continue to sanitise the dark side - making vampires sexy (Lestat) or cute (The Little Vampire). It was a romp through the literary and artistic antecedents of goth culture, with a sideways look at SF and horror. Fascinating.
Talking of which, Cat showed us the silent movie of The Call of Cthulhu the other day - it was ace. I'm not a Lovecraft fan, but it was a very good silent movie, replete with expressionist motifs, meaningful looks, period angst, and authentically 1920s special effects. If you can't be bothered to read the Cthulhu stuff, this is an ideal way to understand what everyone's going on about.