Note - Since the publication of this article, a publisher of Aickman's has been in touch with more details surrounding the photographs. They were taken by his friend Jean Richardson on a number trips taking place in the mid 1970s and not on one singular trip (as Aickman's limited wardrobe falsely suggests). The stone is … Continue reading Responses: Robert Aickman’s Holiday Photos
As typical when finishing a book that attempts to build a canon, as I have tried to do with Folk Horror, the signalling of its publishing means a whole host of new potential examples surface and come to light. Though there were things in the Folk Horror book that I simply left out by sheer … Continue reading Folk Horror Curios
Late last year, I became obsessed with visiting a certain item in the British Museum. Deliberately choosing to work in or near Bloomsbury, I would often wander into the building in between working, making my way straight to one of the room's (on the right of the building) with a confidence and determination that clearly … Continue reading Responses: John Dee’s Obsidian Mirror
I have been lucky enough to have this year's Halloween film, No Diggin' Here - a film about M.R. James, Aldeburgh and A Warning To The Curious - premiered on the BFI's website. It was a Halloween treat that, until I saw it happen in full, I didn't quite believe, but I count myself incredibly … Continue reading Short Film – No Diggin’ Here.
This paper was originally given at The Alchemical Landscape conference at Girton College Cambridge, 07/07/2016. Though more well known for work as a film editor associated with the Free Cinema Movement of the late 1950s, and for cutting work on several films by Lindsay Anderson including If.... (1968) and O' Lucky Man! (1973), David Gladwell … Continue reading Rurality In Folk Horror And The Films of David Gladwell.
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.
This is an edited version of the paper given at Spirits Of Place in Calderstones Park, Liverpool 02/04/2016. My thanks to John Reppion and Leah Moore for organising the event and for to the other excellent speakers (Gill Hoffs, David Southwell, Gary Budden, Kenneth Brophy, Richard Macdonald, Ian "Cat" Vincent and Ramsey Campbell). Here's to … Continue reading “Wyrd” Wirral – Spirits Of Place (02/04/2016)
Salthouse Marshes began life in a strange way. Having chatted about adapting Algernon Blackwood's The Willows with Robert Macfarlane (who had wanted to re-set it in England), there was always to be a "haunted waterway" film on the cards. But, after constant reading of the narrative of The Willows, the thought of organising the filming … Continue reading Short Film – Salthouse Marshes
Part 1. Part 2. The Eeriness of Landscape Entities. The final aspect to assess is the natural eeriness created from putting an object within a landscape; here, it is the context of such an action and implications of the aesthetics that is key. When Hepworth's work is situated in the landscape, two things can occur. … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth) – Part 3.
A few years back, whilst on holiday in Norfolk, I began exploring some of locations used for the BBC's famous M.R. James adaptations, specifically for Lawrence Gordon Clark's adaptation of A Warning To The Curious (1972). Though I had been far from thorough in this escapade (I completely missed the film's most iconic structure in … Continue reading Walking “A Warning To The Curious” (M.R. James).