Searching for spirits

I was very inspired by this Polaroid of the haunted landscape behind M.R. James’ childhood Suffolk home, taken at dusk by the writer Adam Scovell. I had a look through my Diana Baby 110 shots for some suitably folkish, spooky shots of Chichester, which is where I’m currently living. Although ancient, I don’t think this city has […]

About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

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, 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] [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] 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] The perfect antidote to the loud and omnipresent horror of the US election, Shirley Collins’ first album in thirty years evokes images of a peaceful England located somewhere in the past, a mythical rural space shaped by legend and […]