#FolkHorror: Lullaby

I have been reading the excellent biography of Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin, which of course makes me turn to Jackson’s own writing for various things (some books are still packed in boxes alas, and it is too hot to spend time in the garage looking for them). I decided to re-read this essay which…

Chastity Flame 2: Lush Situation

Chastity Flame returns: LUSH SITUATION Chastity Flame is back and hotter than ever. Her personal life is as complicated as ever but fortunately she’s got the small matter of an international human trafficking ring to deal with before she can even begin to turn her thoughts to matters of the heart. When an upscale private…

#FolkHorror Remix featuring Higora

A new and exclusive Higora track is available as part of the Melmoth the Wanderer Folk Horror Revival Remix. Here’s the description of the set: The second Folk Horror Revival mix from Melmoth the Wanderer. All the tracks featured in this offering were submitted by members of the FHR Facebook group and woven together by…

Film for a Friday: The Scoundrel (1935)

Yes, the end of grading is in sight! Here’s an entertainment for you that manages to be both tart and sweet — or possibly leaning over into sappy a bit by the end. However, the script by Ben Hecht and Charles McArthur positively sings at its best — especially since the best of those lines…

Monday Cornucopia of #Crime

Despite my dedicated devotion to idleness, I nevertheless manage to get some things done now and then (seldom what I am supposed to be getting done, of course). Today several spring into the ether at once and a few over the weekend. At Punk Noir Magazine — which you should be reading it every day!…

Forthcoming fun! Fun now!

Delighted to be invited! Here’s the latest from Liz over at Punk Noir Magazine including her latest music video: Just trying to keep the channel open, to quote Martha Graham. Oh, and I made this today: And then there’s the billionty things what I wrote over at Punk Noir Magazine for you to peruse at…

Out Now: >>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<< by Linear Obsessional

>>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<< by Linear Obsessional ‘Musicians, sound makers and artists isolated and creating. Solo sound works all recorded at home. Volume 2 will bring the artists together. I started coming up with the idea for the >>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< just before the full lockdowns started – we were all being told it would be a…

Bandcamp Bonanza

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou Hie yourselves over to Bandcamp: 100% of the proceeds go to the creators. Many artists of every stripe are facing difficulties in the midst of the pandemic. Precarity is fun for no one!…

Live Tweet Transcript: Sword of the Valiant

Inspired by the forthcoming A24 film of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which actually looks fantastic, Carol and Angela, renowned of the Cultural Gutter (and other famous deeds of valour) and me had a cracking good time live tweeting a viewing of the incredibly terrible Sword of the Valiant, much of which I had forgotten since…

#FallFriday: A New Face in Hell

Delighted to watch this: good embodiment of the two figures now gone — is your hell my heaven or vice versa, do those ontologies even matter and can one continue cultural critique from beyond the veil…? SLASH EPISODE 02 A New Face in Hell BY Emily Allan & Leah Hennessy ABOUT Welcome to hell. The late…