Interview Tyler R. Tichelaar
Topics of conversation:
- Definition of "Gothic" and how is it different from Horror
- Man's pursuit of forbidden truth
- Relevance of Gothic figures today
- Gothic literature past, present and future
- British Gothic vs. American
Tyler R. Tichelaar holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University where he wrote his dissertation on Gothic literature, a work that later evolved into his book The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature from 1794—present. He also holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. Tyler is also the author of numerous historical novels including The Marquette Trilogy, the award-winning Narrow Lives and most recently, a historical novel in which he played with Gothic themes, Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance. A lifelong lover of the Gothic in all its aspects, he is also fascinated with the Arthurian legend. Besides his scholarly work King Arthur’s Children, he is currently composing a series of novels that will intertwine the Arthurian legend with Gothic themes and characters.
Tichelaar examines the figure of the Gothic wanderer in such well-known Gothic novels as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, and Dracula, as well as lesser known works like Fanny Burney’s The Wanderer, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni. He also finds surprising Gothic elements in classics like Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes. From Matthew Lewis’ The Monk to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Tichelaar explores a literary tradition whose characters reflect our greatest fears and deepest hopes. Readers will find here the revelation that not only are we all Gothic wanderers—but we are so only by our own choosing.