Spectral Realms

Cover art by Harry Clarke.  I have been informed that the sales of the excellent Hippocampus Press poetry journal, Spectral Realms, have, regrettably, been rather poor. Poetry of a fantastical and macabre nature has undergone something of a renaissance over the past decade, almost all of it drawing upon the poetic lineage of Poe and Clark … Continue reading Spectral Realms


Mark E. Smith (1957-2018)

  It was unfortunate to hear of the passing of singer, songwriter, and musician, Mark E. Smith, the frontman for the post-punk band, The Fall. Admittedly, I am still something of a novice to The Fall when it comes to their music, but I had always known that Smith was an admirer of the likes … Continue reading Mark E. Smith (1957-2018)

The Art of Jeanie Laub and Claire McGee

  The Writer, by Jeanie Laub.   I recently discovered Edinburgh-based artist, Jeanie Laub, via the Folk Horror Revival anthology, Corpse Roads, (which contains two poems by yours truly). Her pallid artwork is primarily inspired by childhood, found objects, and the rusting charm of vintage toys. Among her drawings and paintings are installation boxes inspired by Joseph Cornell. Some of … Continue reading The Art of Jeanie Laub and Claire McGee


The high priest of the Samhain sacrifice bides his time. Wishing everyone out there a safe and splendid Hallowe'en, that time of the year when the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead are blurred, and our ancestors create great bonfires to ward off evil and wore masks to avoid detection by marauding … Continue reading Hallowe’en

Artaud in the Black Lodge

ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE is a contemporary work of music-theatre exploring the imagined psychic connections among French poet and director Antonin Artaud, Beat-generation and post- modernist author William S. Burroughs; and filmmaker David Lynch. -- Beth Morrison Projects website.   Something I discovered in March or February of this year. A collaboration between Beat poetess, … Continue reading Artaud in the Black Lodge