The first Folk Horror Revival event will be taking place at the British Museum, London on October 16th 2016, featuring talks, lectures, short films, poetry readings, museum tours and other wyrd and intriguing happenings.
Cult television programmes and films of the 1960s and 70s are inspiring a new generation of poets, writers, artists and musicians with their atmospheric themes of contemporary individuals interacting with a uniquely British world of ancient mythology and magic, often uncanny and unsettling.
This special event will feature lectures, film screenings, performances and gallery tours of featured objects in the Museum’s collection to explore themes of cultural rituals, earth mysteries, psychogeography and folklore. Come along and prepare to be scared!
Ticket details to be announced very shortly.
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Kicking the event off will be two of our very own revivalist administrators presenting an introduction to Folk Horror; attempting to explaining it’s traits and perimeters. If you were going to challenge two people to this almost impossible task then you could do no better than recruiting Andy Paciorek and Darren Charles – which is exactly what the recent Alchemical Landscape event at Cambridge University did and we could think of no better way to start the very first FHR event than to request a repeat performance.
Andy Paciorek is an artist and writer drawn mainly to the worlds of myth, folklore, symbolism, decadence, curiosa, anomaly, dark romanticism and otherworldly experience, and is fascinated both by the beautiful and the grotesque and by the twilight threshold consciousness where these boundaries blur. The mist-gates, edges and liminal zones where nature borders supernature and daydreams and nightmares cross paths are of great inspiration.
His solo books, Strange Lands: A Field Guide to the Celtic Otherworld and The Human Chimaera: Sideshow Prodigies and Other Exceptional People are to be followed by Black Earth: A Field Guide to the Slavic Otherworld.
He has produced art work for numerous projects such as Harper Collins’ Element Encyclopedia and Art for Mindfulness series, Cumbrian Cthulhu and has worked on books by several notable writers including Dr Bob Curran, John and Caitlin Matthews, Chris Lambert and Dr Karl Shuker.
He is the creator of Folk Horror Revival project and Wyrd Harvest Press, Folk Horror Revival’s publishing arm All of the books produced by this press charitably donate 100% of sales profits to The Wildlife Trusts.
Darren Charles has been an administrator for the FHR group since its very inception and, like Andy with his books and art, has been very involved in all things Folk Horror for a long time before then. As part of The Dead End Street Band he was responsible for producing some fantastically gloomy, obsessive drones mixed with all manner of field recordings, electronics and pedal abuse. Darren was also central to setting up the Unearthing Forgotten Horror events in Newcastle where cult horror films were mixed with live performances including those by Darren himself with both The Dead End Street Band and his current noise outfit Equestrian Vortex.
Off the back of the success of these events Darren created the Unearthing Forgotten Horrors radio shows which cover obscure horror soundtracks, dark drones, weird electronica, crazed kosmiche and twisted psychedelia all of which is beautifully put together by Darren and his amazing knowledge of these music genres.
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