Only The Stones Remain

Before I was laid low with fever and dreams, I watched a couple of folk horror classics that I had often heard about but never watched. Being well-versed in 70s American television horror I remain sadly deficient in the British counterpart, though I have made great strides since the whole folk horror boom arose (mostly…

Tell It To the Bees

I looked up the other day: the air was full of bees! I tried to see where they were coming from but found instead where they were going to: this bush on the other side of the fence. It was absolutely astounding to see. I kept my distance but I couldn’t stop staring. All the…

#Folklore Thursday: In Search of Voodoo – Roots to Heaven

Belatedly catching up on episodes of Pam Grossman’s Witch Wave podcast, I heard the always fascinating Lilith Dorsey mention this film, available streaming on Az. Award-winning actor Dijmon Hounsou returns to Benin to follow the roots of this often misunderstood and generally maligned magical system and along the way examines how colonialism, racism and Christianity…

Magickal Women: 3rd Time = Charm

I am delighted to say I will be part of the third Magickal Women Conference this October with a superb bunch of other speakers, practitioners and performers. My presentation: OPEN YOUR LUNAR PLEXUS WITH LEONORA CARRINGTON This one weird trick could help you to change your life. Doctors hate this! Celebrities endorse this! Big pharma…

Saturday Matinee: Back from the Dead (1957)

BACK FROM THE DEAD (1957) You know I can’t help but wonder whether Hitchcock saw this before he made Vertigo the next year, but of course I am too lazy at present to do any research on either film. In any case, if he did yer man also decided ‘But why don’t we focus on…

ISSS Surrealisms Conference

I’ll be giving a presentation at the ISSS SURREALISMS 2021 Worldwide Virtual Conference. It is open to the world! If you have an interest in surrealisms, you can attend from any where in the world for a modest fee. The fee also allows replay of the presentations for two weeks after the 11-14 November dates….

Ritual & Fashion

Some people are surprised to find that I love fashion, but who doesn’t love wearable art? I’m pretty sure it must have been the poet/translator Alessandra Bava who pointed me toward ‘Embodying Pasolini’ a performance co-created by Olivier Saillard and Tilda Swinton. To honour Pasolini and his long film career, Saillard and Swinton evoke the…

Chillers, Thrillers & Killers

I’m over at the Cultural Gutter, home of writing about disreputable art, where I sally forth to introduce the Chillers series, a French-UK co-production that manages to mangle a lot of Patricia Highsmith short stories. Check it here. If you missed my chat with Zoë Howe, the Rock-n-Roll Witch, you can listen to it on…

Magickal Women & the Rock-n-Roll Witch

Join the authors, organisers and friends for the launch of Making Magic Happen, a glorious volume that collects many of the presentations from the first Magickal Women Conference in London. I spoke about the magic of Leonora Carrington, of course! There’s so much more–plenty to interest everyone of any esoteric stripe. Join us! On Monday…

Love for @FoxSpiritBooks’ Love

From hell’s heart I stab at thee — no! Wait: from grading hell’s heart* I alert you to some fine words of praise for Fox Spirit’s big Book of Love. You may have already seen it if you are smart and subscribe to Alasdair Stuart’s The Full Lid, the unmissable round-up of what’s going on…