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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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Lily Wight

     Updated 14/04/2014

     The third novel in the Malazan Cycle suffers the same highs and lows as its predecessor.  The first half is over-plotted and over-populated, more of an endurance test than an entertaining read.

     Once various subplots unite, for a spectacular midway siege, Erikson shifts up a league and delivers martial action and emotional character beats with familiar aplomb.

     Erikson’s enthusiasm for his secondary world is infectious, but his pacing and structure continue to irritate.

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     Let the wild rumpus start!

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     When two great cultural icons collide…

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     There are some brand new images of Little Red Riding Hood available now at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana Gallery.

     Here are a selected few to fire your imagination, click the link at the end for more…

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Browse the Gallery here

 

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     Updated 11/12/2014     

     Students of English Literature should be eternally grateful for this Graphic Novel adaptation of a core curriculum classic.

     The simple black and white noir-style graphics contemporise the satirical content whilst aiding differentiation between the many realms and circles in Dante’s compelling trawl through a unique afterlife.

     Chwast’s vision is a brief and entertaining read that may just inspire you to seek out – and perhaps better appreciate – Dante’s original.

     More Graphic Novel interpretations of Literary Classics please!

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We must not look at goblin men,

We must not buy their fruits:

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry thirsty roots?

“Come buy,” call the goblins

Hobbling down the glen.

“Oh,” cried Lizzie, “Laura, Laura,

You should not peep at goblin men.”

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Goblin Market.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good Pooh?

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     Fight Club fans will recognise Chuck Palahniuk’s recurring themes and jet-black humour as sex addict Vincent explores the world of self-help groups, mental illness and random, petty criminality.

     The forthright narrative swings between realistic grit and surreal farce as Vincent chokes on his own sh*t, both literally and metaphysically. It is hilarious and heartbreaking by turns.
     Palahniuk loves a modern American loser and hurls the reader deep into the messed-up psyche of another hero trying to redefine masculinity in a world of adverse rules and chaos. It’s not for the easily shocked, but it’s a gem.

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     I have read Steven Erikson’s first four Malazan novels and would like some advice as to whether or not to continue.  You can read my reviews (published over the last two weeks) on my homepage.

    Your thoughts folks …

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Gyb Farm

Now this sounds like my kind of read! Impressive research too. x

Uncanny UK

The reason I bought a Kindle a couple of weeks ago is that I’ve decided to start publishing on it! I’ve launched an imprint called Apparition, tying in with my app development work.

This first book is chock-full of some of the finest, scariest, most bizarre and fascinating true ghost encounters you’re ever likely to read. They all come from the works of George Frederick Lee, a pioneering paranornal researcher whose work is sadly neglected. There is a reason for this (as you’ll learn if you read on) but the result is that very few of his stories have gained wider currency. How the title story, about hideously transformed spirits clawing their way out of the ground to terrify an isolated farmhouse, has escaped attention before now escapes me. Most of the stories are from the UK but many are from the USA and beyond. One of my favourites comes from…

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     Hello Blogsprites!

     It’s book month at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana so I’ll be featuring a favourite author, Margo Lanagan, in the Magickal Thing section of the sidebar throughout May.

     Click the pic to discover Tender Morsels …

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     There is still time for kids and teens to get reading for this year’s Leeds Book Awards.

     Click on the pic to peruse the nominated titles then vote for your favourites!

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I recognised this image from a glimpse of the top third but I have never seen a version by this artist. It’s wonderful. More brilliant stuff from The Warden’s Walk.

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     Hello Blogsprites,

     Many of you may remember the Cannon Fairy Tale films.  Here is a little reminder for Dark Fairy Tale Month, the music accompanying the opening credits is enough to give you nightmares!

     While you are here don’t forget to check out April’s Magickal Thing with a link to Brian Froud in the sidebar. x

     

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     Few Fairy Tales are as dark and multifaceted as Little Red’s.

     Angela Carter wrote the screenplay for Neil Jordan’s lush and evocative adaptation of Carter’s own collected short writings and radio plays.

     This wonderful fan trailer for The Company of Wolves is by the talented Hedge Labyrinth with music from the Requiem For A Dream soundtrack.

     Thank heaven for little girls, they grow up in the most peculiar ways …

     Mo

 

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A brilliant little film, such exciting news about the new cache of Fairy Tales and LOADS more Fairy stuff on its way!

World Weaver Press

WWPSpecial fairy tale edition of our usual quick round-up of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.

A cache of 500 folk tales were discovered in Germany recently, many of which have not been a part of our previously documented understanding of the folk tradition in Europe.  From that trove, the fabulous tale of the “Turnip Princess” — which could easily be retitled “The Tao of the Turnip” — the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

This amazing bit of animation is a beautiful, bloody, Red Riding Hood becomes an interesting twisted-origin story of folk lore’s favorite caped crusader.  The short film is titled simply “RED”:

RED from RED on Vimeo.

The film puts me in mind of one of Roald Dahl’s poemsLittle Red Riding…

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Updated 05/03/2015

chezlah

I have a wonderful book that my mum gave me, it is about fairies and it was given to her by my grandad on his return from the 2nd world war.

It is an enormous thing measuring about 350mm x 465mm, more like a presentation than a book to be read at bed time but it is a thing of loveliness.

It sits on a shelf in our dining room and it was only when doing a little rearranging lately that I remembered it was there. I flicked through the pages and was reminded of just how interesting it is.

I decided to research it on the internet to discover that it is quite rare and may be of some value. It even has a you tube video showing the plates to music for those not fortunate to have a copy at their disposal.

The dust sheet is still in…

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