Review “Duncton Wood” by William Horwood (1980)

It might seem that a story about moles might not be particularly exciting. After all, they spend a lot of time underground and can barely see. But William Horwood has created an epic tale of love, faith, and overcoming all odds, which any lover of fantasy will enjoy. “Duncton Wood” is the story of Bracken…

Review “Always Coming Home” by Ursula Le Guin (1985).

“Always Coming Home” is something a little different. Rather than being a single narrative, it is comprised of many different parts, stories, poems, articles, even recipes. All of these serve to illustrate a culture, created by the author, of a future America. The main people described in the story are based in California, but it…

Remember how to dream

Does anyone really know how to dream anymore do any of us remember what it is to let our souls fly into realms of fancy other worlds and other times just to say ‘what if’ just for fun Lock the world out just for a little while and go live inside your head It can…

Review “A Cure for Wellness” (2016)

This film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Dane Dehaan and Jason Isaacs, has been labelled a horror movie. I didn’t really see it as such, and I would call it a fantasy/mystery. It’s also weird and quite atmospheric. Dehaan plays a young business executive called Lockhart, who is ordered by his company to go…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (part 2)

I thought I might continue to praise this ground-breaking series by talking about some favourite episodes from the second season. As before, I am not necessarily saying these are the best episodes, only favourites of mine. “The Howling Man” starts with a man remembering the past, which is very gothic – night, a storm, a…

Moonrise

Moonrise paints the land in an eerie glow yellow fire on the lake trees and grasses painted black against eldritch light lap of water, sigh of wind song of nightbird and insect otherworldly land presided over by the golden, alien moon   Moonset, fade to black for a moment only awaiting the dawn sun shining…

Follow the Tide

The tide goes out and I will follow to the ocean to search for adventure to islands and new lands to see whatever is wondrous and new   Flying over the blue-grey water Like a great sea-bird I observe the endless miles of ocean and of sky rolling away beneath my wings   Then diving…

Review “Crimson Peak” (2015)

I do like a ghost story, and I am also a fan of director Guillermo Del Toro, so I was interested to see “Crimson Peak”. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain, it’s a gothic horror in the old style used by Hammer horror films of the fifties, sixties and seventies. A young American…