Gothic Fiction, Uncategorized

Welsh Gothic Tropes III: The Druid

Introduction CW// incest and infant death discussed in one short story. The Druid has had a negative press, or, to quote Aaron, 'enjoyed a demonic reputation', since Julius Caesar's account in De Bello Gallico (c.58-49 BC). Caesar claimed that Druids officiated at human sacrifices and mentions the infamous 'wicker man', powerfully re-imagined by Folk Horror… Continue reading Welsh Gothic Tropes III: The Druid

Gothic Fiction, Uncategorized

#Gothic Tropes To Feed Your Soul: (4) THE GRANDE DAME

Part Four of the Gothic Tropes series looks at a specific type of character: the stately older woman whose watchword is 'Respectability'. There's one in The Crows, but she's a bit of a subversion of this trope. Let's get to know this kind of lady better... Who Is The Grand[e] Dame? I'll have to do this… Continue reading #Gothic Tropes To Feed Your Soul: (4) THE GRANDE DAME

Gothic Fiction, Uncategorized

#Gothic Tropes To Feed Your Soul: (3) MEET THE LOCALS

What better way to celebrate spooky season than a series of blog posts on Gothic tropes? I'm hoping to get The Crows back from my editor by December in time for a January release, and every chapter heading is a different Gothic trope. Chapter Three of The Crows is currently titled Meeting the Locals, in… Continue reading #Gothic Tropes To Feed Your Soul: (3) MEET THE LOCALS

Book Review

#AmReading: Goodreads Review of Robert Aickman, “Cold Hand In Mine”

Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories by Robert Aickman My rating: 3 of 5 stars Firstly, this is a collection about death. Hence the title. In most of the stories the death is never explicit - it could be the protagonist's, or it could be someone they know. It could be metaphorical, as in "The… Continue reading #AmReading: Goodreads Review of Robert Aickman, “Cold Hand In Mine”

amwriting, The Crows

The Crows: Teaser

Extract from Chapter 3 of The Crows, introducing RICKY PORTER and his lovely childhood toy, GERALD. CW: mild gore, horror, strong language, Gothic vibes FEATURED IMAGE: A detail from Thomas Brown's original illustration for The Crows 18 April   It had been a bloody awful day. His farsight was on the wane, as it usually was… Continue reading The Crows: Teaser