Archive for the ‘Victoriana’ Category

Updated 03/06/2014

     Despite obvious extensive research and the Stoker seal of approval belated Dracula sequel Dracula The Un-Dead is a wasted opportunity which panders to modern tastes instead of keeping faith with the original vampire classic.

     Dacre Stoker and collaborator Ian Holt throw in everything from Elizabeth Bathory and Jack The Ripper to The Titanic creating a convoluted yarn which, although fast paced, struggles to find themes and focus.

     This sort of  Victorian Gothic Alternative History, or Literary Re-imagining, has been done far more successfully before by author Kim Newman whose Anno Dracula series is both effortless and ingenious in its use of similar settings and characters.

     The Un-Dead reads more like a sequel to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula movie and when Dracula intones to Mina’s son “I am your father!!!” you may just die laughing.

     A fun read, but shouldn’t this have been a modern-day classic?

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     Welcome to June at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

     As The Olympic Flame winds its way around our green and pleasant land and with the nation on the brink of celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee there has never been a better time to be British (please ignore our coalition government and “double-dip” recession).

     I am dedicating this month’s musings to the era of another great female monarch, Queen Victoria and her dubiously monikered Age of Empire.  Victoria reached her Diamond Jubilee year in 1897 and there is every possibility that, in a few short years, our current reigning queen will wreck her record as Blighty’s longest-serving monarch.

     If Victorians are remembered for their conquests and industry perhaps future generations will refer to Ma’am’s subjects as Neo-Elizabethans from The Age of Technology and Terrorism 😦  We are certainly grateful for the extra days off work, the street-parties, the televised pageantry and Wills and Kate 🙂

     Our favourite Victorian Pre-Raphaelite maiden, The Lady of Shalott, will be appearing in the homepage sidebar all month as June’s Magickal Thing (more on her later) just click the pics to link to some new sample images from the brand new Gallery Album ~ Victoriana.

     See you back here soon, Blogsprites xx 

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Country & Victorian Times

Although this is a bit different from what I usually post, I came upon this picture on the internet and just had to share. I have read and watched a lot on the subject of the undead and vampires, and even read about this cage over graves before. However, I have never actually seen a picture of one before and found it unique. So, I know what your asking, “so what does this have to do with this site and why is it posted?” Well, it has to do with the Victorian era and all of their superstitions and what we now know of as irrational fears.

The caged grave as seen above was used to prevent one of two things. 1: If you were to come back alive and become a walking undead then you wouldn’t be able to remove yourself from this cage and you could be dealt…

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