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The Bloody Red Baron (1995) is the second novel in Kim Newman’s superlative and ever-expanding Anno Dracula series. Newman continues to weave effortlessly both history and fiction to conjure a world in which Dracula – formerly wed to Queen Victoria – has joined forces with The Kaiser to bring terror to Europe.
The shift in time and tone may surprise some readers expecting more of the first book’s Victorian gothic. Book two is a World War I novel that successfully captures the tropes of military fiction whilst broadening its appeal with genre-mashing wit and just the right amount of girl power so you won’t miss those smog bound cobbled streets whatsoever.
A running theme of genetic experimentation and weird science ensures that the series becomes increasingly pertinent and there is plenty of action too…
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The Autumn Equinox marks the annual fruit and vegetable harvest and is the season best known for apple-picking.
According to Arthurian Tradition the fallen King Arthur was transported to Avalon – “The Isle of Apples” – symbolising winter death and the promise of rebirth in spring.
Click the link below to discover more about this Wheel of The Year festival…
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Sci-Fi & Fantasy fans may recognise the title as a quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Everybody else may simply appreciate the opportunity to explore new places from the comfort – and safety – of their favourite armchair or free wi-fi zone.
This holiday season we are boldly going to Westeros (yes, really) to face the terrors of flight delays, lost luggage and untimely beheading so you don’t have to.
We recommend that you keep an eye on Matt Copeman’s blog, “It Wasn’t My Fault…”, instead. Matt is a journalism graduate based in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017. He’s going places. Literally. He’s planning his next travel adventure right now and you could be there too – from the safety of your armchair of course 🙂 Just click the link below to subscribe…
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It’s time to harvest the grain and cereal crops and show a little love for the sun-god, Lugh. Click the link to read The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year and discover the origins of this annual August festival.
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John Polidori (1795 – 1821) is best remembered as Lord Byron’s travelling companion and personal physician but his short story, The Vampyre (1819) is the first significant vampire tale in English Literature, following on from Lady Caroline Lamb’s less revered Gothic Novel, Glenarvon (1816).
The Vampyre is rather prosaic and melodramatic for modern tastes yet its brevity and vital role in vampire mythology make it an essential read. The Vampyre himself, Lord Ruthven, is the original frilly-cuffed brooding immortal; a character endowed with the dangerous dilettantism associated with the Romantic writers and artists who, for many, have come to define the tastes, fashions and attitudes of the Georgian era. Ruthven’s style of vampirism bridges the gap between the demons and monsters of folklore and the modern vampire anti-hero with his magnetic charisma and troubled conscience. This new archetype was later perfected and explored by…
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