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Archive for February, 2013

     Updated 08/07/2015

     Lily Wight is always available to be the sanguinous stuffing in an Anne Rice and Clive Barker sandwich – so please tuck in 😉

     The Grande Dame of Grand Guignol and The Master of The Macabre (via official administrator, Alex) were kind enough to recommend and share features from the blog at www.lilywight.com with their huge online communities.

     Just click the links below for these unmissable posts ~

“The Wolf Gift” scored this generous review by Lily Wight and I’m grateful.  Also note the cool use of Ran Valerhon’s art in this review.  Love it.

Anne Rice, 19th February 2013.

https://lilywight.com/2013/02/13/a-present-from-anne-rice-the-wolf-gift-matt-bomer-christian-grey/

Here’s a new blog post on Nightbreed by Lily Wight.

~ Clive Barker (administrated by Alex Ghastbrow) 21st February 2013.

https://lilywight.com/2013/02/21/clive-barker-cabal-nightbreed-directors-cut/

     Thank you, fellow imagineers x

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is one year old today!!!

     That’s 315 posts, over 37,000 visitors, 4,240 followers across 8 social networks, recommendations and shares from Anne Rice and Clive Barker and a personal record of  1,835 visits in one glorious day.

     I never envisaged such an encouraging response when I launched my first hesitant blog post.

     Please re-acquaint yourself right here: https://lilywight.com/2012/12/18/blog-post-of-the-year-2012-number-3/

     What is a birthday without presents?  I would like to thank and recommend the authors who gifted me these much appreciated blog awards;

Thank you http://enchantedsolitaire.com/ for the second star on my Blog Of The Year 2012 Award.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award gratefully received from http://bellnight.wordpress.com/

     Now, time to party… 😉

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     Click here to view the Middle-earth image album

     https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.285704514883492.68889.100003318388415&type=3

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     Cabal is the natural evolutionary step from Clive Barker‘s groundbreaking short story collection, Books Of Blood.

     This slim novel offers post-Cronenbergian body horror, Freudian identity issues, an original mythology for monsters and includes a rampant serial killer: more than enough material for a lifetime’s worth of sequels and spin-offs.

     Cabal’s naturalistic dialogue, deft character strokes and punchy yet eloquent prose render the most extraordinary flights of fantasy entirely plausible so it remains a great pity that – despite an open ending – Barker has never returned to continue the journey of anti-hero, Boone.

     Fans will have to make do with Barker’s own darkly brilliant movie adaptation, Nightbreed; recently re-edited for a must-see Director’s Cut.  Click the link for further information http://www.clivebarker.info/morenightbreed.html

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     Updated 08/07/2015 

    It is Library Month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana so pay heed to Mr. Gaiman and visit your local library.

     Use it or lose it 🙂

 

Wilson K.

Libraries

Will libraries survive the next generation? Only time will tell.

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     In lieu of next week’s Oscars why not visit these Gargie Award winning Blogsprites and find out what they are wearing on the Blogosphere’s red carpet.

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     Congratulations everyone!  Just click the smiley for more information about this award  🙂

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     If you were vaguely curious about what Hayden Christensen might have been up to since Star Wars then look no further.

     This gloriously raunchy and surprisingly starry romp is based upon The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio so it’s literary too!

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     Updated 22/04/2015

     It is nearly forty years since Anne Rice refined and defined our contemporary Romantic Vampire archetype with her seminal and controversial novel Interview With The Vampire.

     Rice may have returned to The Universal Studio Monster Vault (vampires, mummies and now wolfmen) but her latest foray into the supernatural is distinctly light on familiar Gothic tropes and offers something entirely current via the imagination of an author steeped in history and mythology.

     The Wolf Gift is a superhero origin story with the werewolf or “Morphenkind”, Reuben Golding, glorified and elevated into a shape-shifting biological missing-link: a creature designed to track and destroy the very essence of evil.

     The bright, breezy world of modern San Francisco offers architectural and natural majesty a world away from the grim, historical Grand Guignol of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.  There is surprisingly little Fantasy here as Rice comes closer than ever to explaining her story’s wonders with real science.  Religion and Catholicism, once Rice’s most prevalent concerns, are here reduced to the passive, infrequent presence of an agnostic family priest.

     Rice loves to pepper her work with pop-culture references resulting in an astute self-referentialism which makes The Wolf Gift the most playful of all her novels.  Reuben himself is aware of the looks and career which define him as a “Superman”.

     Those who have found Rice’s previous novels unwieldy will discover a brisker pace and a manageable cast of characters, each of whom – in typical Rice style –  is more admirable, brilliant and beautiful than the next.  Rice is an unashamed aesthete who favours all that is sublime in nature, art, craft and engineering.  Her prose is lush, richly detailed and decorous although her critics may find this cloying.

     Rice loves to flaunt her extensive research and a suggested species mythology promises a new series that will unfold, much like The Vampire Chronicles to take in history, travel and esoteric enlightenment.

     The Wolf Gift is the book that fans of vintage Anne Rice have been waiting for.

Reuben in the Window.  ©Valeron.  Image features Matt Bomer, Anne Rice’s preferred casting choice for Reuben Golding.

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     Look into my eyes…

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     Libera Nos A Malo (Deliver Us From Evil) ©Icare.

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Demon Icare

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     Click the smiley for a Lego interpretation of Dante’s Inferno!  🙂

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     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gave us only the briefest glimpse of Sauron – as The Necromancer –  motion-captured by Smaug actor Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hopefully Part II, The Desolation of Smaug, will show us more.

     Click the picture to head to the album and see more…

    

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     Updated for 2015

     Imbolc (pronounced i-MOLK meaning “in the belly”) is one of eight seasonal festivals marked on the ancient calendar known as The Wheel Of The Year.  Imbolc is observed on 1st February each year.

     Imbolc heralds the first stirrings of  Spring as it lies halfway between The Winter Solstice (Yule) and The Spring Equinox (Ostara).  It is a time when days lengthen, new buds and shoots appear and the first lambs are born.

     Imbolc was originally observed by the Gaelic (Irish, Scottish and Manx) people as a vital indicator of a new agricultural year.

     The festival was deemed sacred to the Gaelic goddess Brighid (pronounced breed) the midwife of the year and protector of women, children and newborns. 

     Hearthfire celebrations involved the baking of bannocks; the origin of Pancake Day.

     Corn Dollies and Brighid’s crosses would be made from dried stalks, reeds and rushes to bless the coming season.

     Imbolc was a time for weather forecasting.  Watching for snakes or badgers to emerge precedes the North American tradition of Groundhog Day.

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