Absolute Beginners first crossed my radar last week when a friend showed me a clip of David Bowie dancing on a typewriter. “Big deal,” scoffed I, a connoisseur of Indian cinema. “Merchant and Ivory did that with Hindi superstars ages ago.”* Discovering that David Bowie could tap dance […]
At the Public Medievalist, Asa Mittman writes about race, racism and the medieval narrative that inform The Last Jedi. “In the final act of the film, the Resistance (our heroes) have fled the First Order’s mighty army. They hole up in a cave, behind a massive wall, with […]
The Ransom Center Magazine interviews James Machin about weird fiction in Britain. “Weird fiction is a subgenre of fiction that utilizes aspects of fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction, while often featuring nontraditional alien monsters. Well-known weird fiction authors include H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, and M.R. James, while Edgar […]
BBC Radio Four shares some horror soundtrack picks from Peter Strickland, director of Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke Of Burgundy and In Fabric.
Irish Central, Atlas Obscura, and the English Heritage Blog have some stories about the origins of Halloween and a man named, “Jack.”
The green, mist-shrouded landscape of British folk horror seems at first an off place to go looking for science fiction. Stories about, in film, television, and literature (and doubtless in ribald songs belted out at the local pub where Britt Ekland works) of sinister moors, sylvan glades, and […]