Pleased to be floating this theory at the Cultural Gutter!
This week Guest Star Kate Laity writes about Dorothy B. Hughes’ Ride the Pink Horse (1946) and “folk horror noir.”
In the back of my mind for some time has been the thought knocking around that the godmother of noir, Dorothy B. Hughes, could also be a godmother of folk horror. If you have been living under a rock, you might not know the sub-genre that has come to be defined by a trilogy of films The Wicker Man (1973), Witchfinder General (1968), and The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971). You can read more about the concept and its explosion into popularity over social media at the Folk Horror Revival site or join its enormous companion FB group, but I will assume most readers of this site are quite familiar with the concept.
Even from a potted history, it quickly becomes clear that folk horror has mostly been…
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