Mothertonguetied: The Fantasy of Belonging. Sonya Vatomsky on memory and language and losing parts of yourself and being seen for what you’ve become. There’s probably a Russian word for all of those things; Sonya might whisper it to us and seal it with a black-lipped kiss.
Bad Books For Bad People Tenebrous Kate and Jack Guignol cover the weirdest, kinkiest, and most outrageous fiction they can unearth.
† Follow the breadcrumbs: why fairytales are magic for modern fiction
† 10 strange novels of the British countryside
† The Best Witch Cinema You Haven’t Seen
† Riding With the Witch: Anxiety & Archetypes in Sleep Paralysis
† The Haunting World of Jewish Female Demons and Spirits
† Why we must burn her at once, via The Toast
† How 2 Sisters and 1 Murder Inspired 500 Songs
† How poetry helps us understand mental illness
† Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho
† Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry
† 6 Sinister Podcasts to Scratch Your Eerie Itch
Utterly enchanted by the works of Nightjar Illustration, aka Adam Burke
…For your ears….
…and a few tidbits to get you into the holiday spirit..
Witch Please: Why Witches are feminist icons. A fascinating chat with Pam Grossman and Kristin Korvette, certain to be of interest to both witches and the witch-adjacent.
…and then I can stare at this stark, haunting painting by Finnish artist, Väinö Rouvinen
Ethereal folk and dreamy psychedelic songs from The Left Outsides
Dressing Lady Gaga for American Horror Story – Are you watching this? I was going to pass but I feel myself getting pulled in again by The Countess’ striking, glamorous outfits…
Restoring a Lost Psychedelic Anime Classic: An Interview with the Team Reintroducing Belladonna of Sadness, by Katie Skelly (& speaking of Katie Skelly – have you read My Pretty Vampire yet? So good!)
This was not the world The Hunger promised me. HA. This is kind of hilarious. (& speaking of Peter Murphy -sort of- did you see that he is going to star in “an erotic, violent fever dream” of a film?)
Are you reading Tenebrous Kate’s Great Moments in Historical Sluttery over at Slutist? Well, you should be. In this column, Kate gives us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of brilliant, shameless feminist icons and visionaries; the last installment, Rose Kelly, Scarlet Woman, Wife of the Beast, and Oracle of Thelema, is too good to miss!
I love this review for Windhand’s new album at tinymixtapes. It’s kind of dopey and weird but I love it. These are the kind of reviews I like to read. I don’t want to hear about how technically great something sounds, I want to hear how about whatever it conjures up in your mind -whether it’s a memory or a dream or an experience or a sensation, maybe about that time you got beat up at someone’s funeral or your aunt’s pierogi recipe or your mother’s dying words. At the end of the review I actually don’t care if you’ve told me a single thing about the thing you’re reviewing if you told me a good story.
Every time I look at this image of three startled kittens riding a catfish, I can’t help but to smile. (Artist: Ayako Ishiguro)
Two Monks Invent Religious Iconography. The Toast consistently kills me.
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