I really liked season 1 of Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevigne, and this is the music that plays in the end credits. The artist calls herself Patty Gurdy and plays the hurdy-gurdy, a weird hand-crank string instrument with a keyboard that sounds a bit like a cornemuse and is typical of Galician […]
Do you like Jane Austen enough (or not enough) to enjoy parodies and retellings? Did you like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well maybe, just maybe, you’ll enjoy Melinda Taub’s The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch. The story tries to bring justice to Lydia Bennet, the youngest of Pride and Prejudice‘s Bennet sisters, while […]
We continue our selection of painters who captured ghosts on canvas, this spooky season, and this week I give you Richard Tennant Cooper (1885 – 1957), painter of diseases and maladies in very bright colours. Come and take a look at him on my Patreon, if you can spare a dime.
I’m talking about the first one. The second one is… well, I don’t know what the second one is. Released in 2016, this game mixed medieval elements with a Lovecraftian atmosphere of epic proportions where you have to lead a party of four adventurers through a set of creepy explorations in order to gain resources, […]
Do you want something spooky that’s not Gothic and yet manages to be deeply unsettling? This 2006 mini-series starring Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies is an absolute gem. After coming across several objects that hide incredibly weird powers behind an absolutely ordinary appearance, detective Joe Miller finds himself tangled up in a paranormal investigation revolving […]
Originally titled “Foreign Girl”, and with an Irish song as a subtitle, this 11-volume manga is one of the finest things produced in the last ten years and it tells the story of Shiva, a young girl, who is abandoned in a cursed forest and lives with one of the “others”, creature who can curse […]
It’s an obligation for me to watch this 2005 movie at least one time a year, preferably during the spooky season, as it’s one of the finest features from Nick Park and his Aardman Animations. Co-produced with Dreamworks, it reprises the inventor Wallace and his dog Gromit as the main characters and, as usual, it […]
Is there anything more Halloweenish than Neil Gaiman? Oh yes, there is: an album by Neil Gaiman and the FourPlay String Quartet. Described as a “Classical Crossover”, it features Neil’s voice alongside a violin, two violas and a cello. Words are primarily by Neil, when they’re not from Shakespeare, and the music follows without effort. […]
Today’s book is published by the University of Washington Press and focuses on the life and work of Luo Ping, an XVII Century Chinese artist. In 1771 the artist Luo Ping (1733–99) left his native Yangzhou to relocate to the burgeoning hub of Beijing’s Southern City. Over two decades, he became the favored artist of […]
Thorvald Niss was a Danish XIX Century painter, and he’s mostly known for his landscapes but, as is the case for many of the artists we’re featuring this Spooktober, there’s more to him than meets the eye. Today on my Patreon we take a look at one painting that stands amongst the others.