A review of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful And Things Strange

Adam Scovell’s Folk Horror is an excellent primer on the cultural mode, as manifested in fiction, film, music and television. Not only does it offer an accessible introduction to  those new to the discourse around folk horror, but it should also interest those who are au fait with the subgenre: it offers much depth of analysis […]

Eerie Eyrie: folk horror graphic novel review

[This story was published on October 30 by etc Magazine. Read the original story at edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=cdbd86eb-0ed9-41e5-a590-031651c44a1, pages 54 and 55. PDF here: Etc – The Eyrie – November 2017

Folklore and culture explored in Brighton artist’s paintings

[This story was published on February 10 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/arts/folklore-and-culture-explored-in-brighton-artist-s-paintings-1-7817094.] [Image: Elle in her studio] A ‘sense of wonder and curiosity’ informs the work of Brighton artist Elle Sorridente, who is inspired by the natural landscape in her hometown. Coming from a family with a mixed French […]

The Living and the Dead:Folklore and Magic, Science and Technology

[This story was published on November 25 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-folklore-and-magic-science-and-technology.] Last week, I blogged about The Living and the Dead’s young spirit conduit Harriet Denning, poised between childhood and a repressed Victorian womanhood. Harriet’s age is associated in nineteenth-century psychology with a vulnerability to hysteria and psychosexual confusion, […]

Lodestar review: The time travelling first lady of folk revival music returns

[This story was published on November 28 on the Hastings Observer website. Read the original story at hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/lodestar-the-time-travelling-first-lady-of-folk-revival-music-returns-1-7701382.] The perfect antidote to the loud and omnipresent horror of the US election, Shirley Collins’ first albumin thirty years evokes images of a peaceful England located somewhere in the past, a mythical rural space shaped by legend and […]

The Living and the Dead: Victorian Psychology and Spirit Possession

[This story was published on November 25 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-victorian-psychology-and-spiritual-ossession.] Last week, my first Victorianist post on the BBC’s series The Living and the Dead looked at the character of Charlotte, the pioneering photographer and new wife of Nathan Appleby.  As an enterprising New Woman, Charlotte is initially […]

The Living and the Dead: Psychographs, Celestial Telegraphers and Kodak Girls

[This story was published on November 18 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-psychographs-celestial-telegraphers-and-kodak-girls.] Haunted landscapes characterise the worlds within the medium of folk horror, creating fictional spaces in which pagan tradition collides with Christian demonology. The narrative of the BBC’s recent series The Living and the Dead exists within this creative environment, […]