Seaside Gothic

Fiction | Poetry | Nonfiction


Seaside Gothic is a magazine from the edge of the sea where the frontier of civilisation meets the wild of the water. We live beside the seaside and write amidst the changing of the tide on paper warped by the salt in the air and wet from the spray of the sea. From this divide we look for writing that expresses the sense of border living that is shared between the coast and the ocean, where language is pushed to the horizon and words take on new form as they find their home where the sea meets the sky.

There are three criteria that define seaside gothic literature:

  1. It is led by emotion, not reason, exploring the human experience mentally and spiritually as well as physically, and is unashamed to embrace the violence of the sea and the wind along with the beauty of the land and the sky and the ever-changing tide.
  2. It addresses duality—land and sea, love and hate, the beautiful and the grotesque—to reflect the structures that line the coast, which are both those solidly braced against the fiercest elements and those built from what surrounds in a state of shanty transience.
  3. It connects to the edge, living on the seaside either literally or figuratively, and has one foot in the water and the other on solid ground, presenting the juxtaposition of a physical border with open space and a wilderness of water that provides life yet is inconsumable.

These criteria apply as much to the language used as the narrative form. Particular attention is paid to working class and transient voices in seaside gothic literature, as although the coastline in a sense equalises those who live along it, the very nature of surviving the border of two worlds is one of struggle and displacement. Notable examples of seaside gothic literature include The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and All the Devils are Here by David Seabrook.

Seaside Gothic launches at the dawn of 2022, the year of Soylent Green. It was created to showcase fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of its namesake genre that holds literary merit. Seaside Gothic is edited by Seb Reilly.

ISSN 2752-7867 (Print)
ISSN 2755-001X (Digital)