folklore, Monstrous May, Wales

Dragons & Dragon Folklore in Wales & the Welsh Borders (#MonstrousMay Day 7)

Prompts & Graphic Credit: Johannes T. Evans This prompt made me do a deeper dive into dragon lore in Sussex, where my novels are (mainly) set, but also got me curious about dragon folklore in the British Isles more generally. Soooooooooooooo.... here we go. Wales The Welsh Dragon Y Ddraig Goch: the Red Dragon, flag… Continue reading Dragons & Dragon Folklore in Wales & the Welsh Borders (#MonstrousMay Day 7)

folklore, Wales

British Killers and Cannibals in Folklore & Fiction: Influences for the Pendle Clan

I thought I'd do a "Spotlight" post on the eldritch clan at the heart of my first 3 novels (THE CROWS - main point of view from an outsider, THIRTEENTH and THE DAY WE ATE GRANDAD duology both from internal perspective) and look at the grisly things that influenced their creation. The concept is a… Continue reading British Killers and Cannibals in Folklore & Fiction: Influences for the Pendle Clan

genre, Gothic Fiction, Wales

Welsh Gothic: Landscape

I've been thinking more about modern Welsh Gothic recently and want to re-watch the BBC's 6-part mini-series REQUIEM on Netflix (still there as of 19/09/2020) which plays with the tropes and atmosphere so well. Comments on the series are somewhat divided between loving it/loathing it, and I'm not going to discuss whether or not it's… Continue reading Welsh Gothic: Landscape

genre, Gothic Fiction, TV/Film Review, Uncategorized, Wales

Welsh Gothic in Film: House of the Long Shadows

House of the Long Shadows (1983) starred Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine, four heavyweights of horror, who apparently didn't even read the script before they agreed to be in it. It suited them perfectly: a gory, campy romp in a dark mansion full of terrors, a twisted family secret and a… Continue reading Welsh Gothic in Film: House of the Long Shadows

Uncategorized, Wales

Happy St David’s Day!

Happy St David's Day/Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus. I'm late posting this, but let me rectify it by offering you a recipe for Welsh Cakes and Crempogau (Welsh Pancakes). The recipe for crempogau is (apparently) one of the oldest in Wales. They aren't like crepes or American pancakes and take about 55mins to make so allow… Continue reading Happy St David’s Day!