A medical humanist, literary scholar, and writer of Gothic fiction, Dr. Brandy Schillace spends her time in the mist-shrouded alleyways between medical history and literature.
She has taught Romantic poetry, Gothic novels and creative fiction; she has researched and published on birthing technology in the 18th century, epilepsy in Gothic novels and syphilis in Dracula.
Given these interests in health and humanities, her blog features two subsidiaries: The Fiction Reboot and Literary Medicine’s Daily Dose. The Reboot provides useful tips and information for writers, weekly fiction features and interviews with authors of fiction and poetry. Meanwhile, the Dose honors, supports, and shares perspectives about medicine and humanities across cultures and disciplines. Rather than functioning independently, the Dose and Reboot work together as part of an integrated whole. Bestselling authors like Stephen Gallagher (Bedlam Detective) and Alex Grecian (The Yard) discuss the ways in which medical history plays a role in their historical fiction, while medical historians like Lindsey Fitzharris (Chirurgeon’s Apprentice) and Richard Barnett (Sick City Project) talk about their interests in the humanities. Section overlap is encouraged as well, and Tessa Harris (author of the Thomas Silkstone Mysteries) recently wrote a historical account of Charles Byrne, the “Irish Giant.”
It is an increasingly inter-disciplinary world, and Dr. Schillace is happy to promote those who–as historians, physicians, alt-acs, independent scholars, authors, and just plain curious and intrepid souls–add to our shared knowledge of medicine, literature, and the search for what it means to be human. To find out more please visit her blog Follow @bschillace