The Ghost In The Grain: Analogue Hauntings of the 1970s

This presentation was originally given at the Folk Horror Revival day at The British Museum (16/02/2016).  My thanks to the fellow admins of the Folk Horror Revival, especially Jim Peters and Andy Paciorek. There's an overt connection between analogue technology and the narratives surrounding paranormal activity in British horror, especially when made during the 1970s.  … Continue reading The Ghost In The Grain: Analogue Hauntings of the 1970s

Wire and Grass: Landscape Binaries in Television and Reality.

At the recent Alchemical Landscape conference in Cambridge, there was some interesting analysis of the portrayal of landscape in the opening sequence of Alan Clarke's Play For Today episode, Penda's Fen (1974).  The point in the analysis was to show the subversive nature of the opening in regards to its melding of two potentially differing realities … Continue reading Wire and Grass: Landscape Binaries in Television and Reality.

Electronic Music And Mental Illness In Cinema.

This article contains narrative spoilers. From its very earliest occurrences, electronic instrumentation and music has been used in cinema to signpost various aspects of mental health problems and issues within diegetic characters.  Alongside its uses in creating alien worlds, electronic instrumentation seems to, at least in the eyes of the films' creators, have an ability … Continue reading Electronic Music And Mental Illness In Cinema.

Tales of Mystery (1961-1963) – What Was It Like? (Algernon Blackwood).

Out of all of the archive television currently missing, presumed destroyed, I think the most exciting and saddening loss is a little-advertised series called Tales of Mystery.  Even though the rumours currently flying around of the potential finds of Philip Morris and TIEA are mostly grounded in the likes of Doctor Who and Dad's Army, … Continue reading Tales of Mystery (1961-1963) – What Was It Like? (Algernon Blackwood).

Eroticism in the Music of Béla Bartók – Part 5 (Post-Modern Pulp).

Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Though of course subjective, the natural Kierkegaardian immediacy of the music is instantly on show.  Several sections of brooding along these themes can be read almost as seductions, with the build-ups working easily as well as the seduction segments from The Miraculous Mandarin.  The pairs of strings … Continue reading Eroticism in the Music of Béla Bartók – Part 5 (Post-Modern Pulp).

Eroticism In The Music Of Béla Bartók – Part 1 (Introduction).

The Insertion and Removal Through Post-Wagnerian Ideals and New Media of Eroticism in the Music of Béla Bartók. Introduction. The music of Béla Bartók sits with some uncertainty between the last dying cries of Romanticism and the encroaching presence of Modernism.  With this clash of ideals producing the composer's early work, Bartók's music appears to … Continue reading Eroticism In The Music Of Béla Bartók – Part 1 (Introduction).

Doctor Who – The Web of Fear (Missing Episodes) + Speculation on Future Finds.

Unlike the other recovered story from the haul of 11 complete episodes found by Phillip Morris (of which 9 were missing), The Web of Fear (1968) does have a reputation to live up to.  The story has always been high up on people's lists to see (up there with Fury from the Deep and Power … Continue reading Doctor Who – The Web of Fear (Missing Episodes) + Speculation on Future Finds.