Responses: Robert Aickman’s Holiday Photos

Robert Aickman had a number of interests.  Aside from writing some of the strangest and macabre pieces of weird fiction produced in Britain, he also co-founded the Inland Waterways Association and spent just as much time working on the conservation of Britain's canals as he did crafting dreamlike horrors.  There's a natural linking between the … Continue reading Responses: Robert Aickman’s Holiday Photos

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Interview: Grant Gee + James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker) on W.G. Sebald + Hauntology

For a recent symposium on Hauntology, I gave a paper on the links between the philosophy of hauntological ideas with the work and W.G. Sebald.  The subject had been interesting me for a while, not least because the jump between the style of the former and the thematic ideas of the latter are the amalgamation … Continue reading Interview: Grant Gee + James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker) on W.G. Sebald + Hauntology

Politics of Sequence in Code Unknown (2000, Michael Haneke)

Even before the recent events that occurred in Charlottesville, a certain scene from Michael Haneke's 2000 film, Code Unknown (Code Inconnu), had been repeatedly playing on a loop in my mind's eye.  I quietly admitted to myself recently that the scene in question is without a doubt the most telling and poignant dramatic escalation I … Continue reading Politics of Sequence in Code Unknown (2000, Michael Haneke)

Owls and Flowers: Alan Garner’s The Owl Service At 50

I cannot remember when I first read Alan Garner's The Owl Service (1967); like its inspiration, The Mabinogion, or the Stone of Gronw that sits at the centre of its mystery, it seems to have always been here.  It's an unusual feeling because the novel is not particularly old by standards of literature - it turns … Continue reading Owls and Flowers: Alan Garner’s The Owl Service At 50