Join me as I go walkies with a dog that is most certainly not man’s best friend… For he was speechless, ghostly, wan,/ Like him of whom the story ran,/ Who spoke the spectre hound in man. – Sir Walter Scott Advertisements
Join me as I continue my exploration of all things odd… I think we’re probably all familiar with the shambling, cannibalistic zombies made famous by Hollywood. Just in case you’re not, here’s a clip showing them in action:
Join me over the coming weeks, as I unravel some of the most chilling myths and legends in the world…
As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve been busy moving house of late, which is why I’ve been so quiet recently. But my favourite festival, Hallowe’en, is upon us, and so I decided to pull myself away from my cardboard boxes for just long enough to write a celebratory blog post. I toyed… Continue reading Horror Clichés: Part Two
It seems like yesterday that I was bemoaning the onset of winter. Now, summer is almost upon us (or at least it is here in Italy, where 25°C is considered a perfectly reasonable May temperature). And summer is, in my mind, associated with one thing above all else: the Edinburgh eBook Festival, masterminded by the… Continue reading Staying Undead: Gothic Fiction
Horror is a disreputable yet strangely durable genre. It is attacked, disparaged, and often simply ignored; and yet it is defiantly alive, or at least stubbornly undead. What better time than Hallowe’en to examine its curious appeal, its many tricks and treats?
If there’s one thing that my years as a horror fan have taught me, it’s how to survive in the event of a massacre, zombie apocalypse, or demonic possession. Yep, horror clichés are so unanimous that they can only be based on a set of universal truths! Put it this way: if any of the… Continue reading Horror Clichés: the Ghostly Tropes that Never Die