The Snow Witch – Free E-book

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The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett will be available as a free kindle download from Saturday 17th February – Wednesday 21st February. This story of obsession, loss, murder and magic has been getting great reviews on Amazon and on Folk Horror Revival and is highly recommended as a great read.

You can download it here, available for 5 days only for free, from 17th February –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snow-Witch-Matt-Wingett-ebook/dp/B0799R9NVH/

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Totes n Tees

 

 

In our limited edition T-shirt sell off we have the following colours and quantities available ~

Silver on Antique Cherry Red –
Ladies fit small x3

Ladies fit medium x4

Medium x2

Large x2
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Rose Gold on Forest Green –

small x4

large x1

X Large x2

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Silver on Blackberry –

small x1

X large x1

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Price for all T-shirts:
£12.00  + £3.00 postage and packaging UK
email folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com for overseas shirt and shipping prices.

Email – folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com  stating size, quantity and colour – please title the message –  T

Payment is by PayPal only – folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com
Please message before making payment as stock is limited.

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We also have Tote bags still available but only 10 left in stock
Silver print on black bag

£5.00 + £3.00 postage and packaging UK
email folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com for overseas bag and shipping prices.

Payment is by PayPal only – folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com
Please message before making payment as stock is limited.

Colour shirts and tote bags are printed by Tyrant Design & Print

 

 

the twisted roots and sweetest fruits …

 

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From the foundation stones of Acid Folk and Child Ballads, Occult Rock and the Blues to the influence of Folk Horror on TV and Film soundtracks, Hauntology and even mainstream Pop.

Harvest Hymns is a diverse and fascinating collection of articles, reviews and interviews with and from the likes of Jim Jupp, Maddy Prior, John Cameron, Jonny Trunk, Candia McKormack, Moon Wiring Club, Alison O’Donnell, The Soulless Party, Andrew Liles and Adam Scovell.

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Available soon from Wyrd Harvest Press – the publication wing of Folk Horror Revival

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Images – Jim Peters & Grey Malkin

Folk Horror Revival: T-shirts & Tea

Folk Horror Revival has a handful of Limited Edition T-shirts available, which we are selling off to get new stock for 2018 events

Not all sizes are available in all colours.
Email – folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com with your requirements

NOTE: Coloured T-shirts and Black T-Shirts are handled separately – do not email Folk Horror Revival about black shirts – see below for details

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Silver design on Vintage Cherry Red shirt
Ladies fitted Small and Medium available
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Metallic Rose design on Forest Green shirt.
No fitted sizes.

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Silver design on Blackberry shirt
No fitted sizes.

Price:
£12.00  + £2.50 postage and packaging UK
email folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com for overseas shirt and shipping prices.

Email – folkhorrorrevival@yahoo.com  stating size, quantity and colour – please title the message –  T

Colour shirts are printed by Tyrant Design & Print
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Classic Black and white t-shirts are available constantly mail order.

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Classic White print on Black shirt
No fitted sizes as yet.

£14.00 + £1.50 postage+packaging UK
Visit here for overseas shipping costs.

Classic black & White t-shirts available only from –
Hare & Tabor
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Also available constantly by mail order – Folk Horror Revival Mugs

 


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For Mug Prices and shipping
Email  stevie7771@hotmail.co.uk
or call Steve on  (UK) 07980 871769

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Book review: Some Dark Holler by Luke Bauserman

Ephraim Cutler is a 16 year boy, living in the backwoods of Appalachia in the aftermath of the American Civil War. His mother hasn’t been right since his father was killed in the war, killed by a Union bullet. She blackmails him into taking revenge by killing an innocent Yankee, so Ephraim, forced to choose between killing an innocent man or the death of his mother, commits murder. To try and redeem himself, he flees into the forest, but unknown to him, there’s more powerful and sinister forces than the local townsfolk after him, and soon he has a hellhound on his tail.

Some Dark Holler is richly evocative of it’s setting, drawing heavily on Appalachian folklore. I found this to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book, seeing how traditional European beliefs had changed when transplanted to America; the hellhound is a real dog reanimated by a black magic ritual rather than the spectral hound you may be more familiar with, there’s also a granny doctor, an old woman wise in the ways of healing, similar to the wise women of old. It certainly made me want to find out more about the folk tales the author drew on. Luckily, he’s produced a book on this very subject, which is available free from his website, which I’m looking forward to reading.

The plot itself moves along at a fair old gallop, with a fair few twists and turns. Although it’s the first book in a series, it’s satisfying as a stand alone book. I’ll certainly be picking up the sequel when it comes out this year.

More info at www.lukebauserman.com, where as well as his previously mentioned ebook, the author also blogs about local folklore, so well worth checking out.

Review by Scott Lyall

The skull engravings of Paul Beech

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Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Fine Bones  …

Folk Horror Revival popped some questions over to skull engraver extraordinaire Paul Beech and present here for the pleasure of your eyeballs some folk horror bony goodness – enjoy

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Folk Horror Revival: What inspired you to take up skull engraving and what did you choose for your first design? 

Paul Beech: Moving to Ireland and the incredible landscape of forests and mountains igniting my creativity. I feel like I stumbled into using skulls though. A combination of reckless adventuring and bad weather on the Comeragh Mountains led me to them. My first design was the Icelandic magic symbol The Helm of Terror as the Old Gods and old ways are a huge influence on my work.

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FHR: What sort of skulls do you engrave upon and do you acquire the skulls?

PB: So far I’ve only used sheep and rams (I’ve a fox stewing away though!) I acquire them myself up in the Comeragh Mountains. I go off the paths and vanish into the wild. I’m hoping to find some goats and deer soon but they aren’t in as much abundance. It’s important to note that I do not purchase skulls from hunters and butchers. If I did happen to, I would be sure to make people aware of the source.

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FHR: If you were able to engrave onto any type of skull which creature would you choose?

 PB: A human skull! They look incredible carved.
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FHR: Do you do any other form of art? 

PB: I like photography. I take pictures of all the skulls I’ve found and include them with finished pieces. The fog and gloom of the Irish Landscape makes for beautiful photo material too.

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FHR: If someone wanted to purchase an engraved skull from you, how would they go about it? 

PB: For now find me on Instagram at @paul_beech or look out for when I post on the Folk Horror Emporium with available skulls, jaws and maybe the odd spine too! ☠

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All carvings and images © Paul Beech

Wyrd Harvest Press: 10% discount and Free Shipping on all our books*

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Claim 10% Discount + Free Shipping on all Folk Horror Revival / Wyrd Harvest Press books* by entering code BOOKSHIP18 at checkout at –

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/andypaciorek

*offer expires at one minute to midnight Monday 5th February 2018

(To change prices to your local currency, select your nation’s flag at the top of the sales webpage)

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Wyrd Harvest Press books explore the landscapes of Folk Horror and related realms in film, tv, books, art, music, events and other media and also psychogeography, hauntology, folklore, cultural rituals and costume, earth mysteries, archaic history, hauntings. southern gothic, ‘landscapism / visionary naturalism & geography’, backwoods horror, murder ballads, carnivalia, dark psychedelia, wyrd forteana and other strange edges.

100% of profits from FHR / Wyrd Harvest Press books sold in this online store will be charitably donated at intervals to different environmental, wildlife and community projects undertaken by the Wildlife Trusts.

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FHR Young Artists of the Month: January 2018

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Folk Horror Revival is proud to present the Young Artist of the Month winner for January 2018 as Luis Dutton . His winning picture was this great rendition of Stonehenge shown above, the following drawings are also by Luis.
He wins a copy of the book Hares in the Moonlight by Sharron Kraus.

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We also received these fantastic pictures below from other Young Artists.

Esme Dutton
by Esme Dutton

Max Whistlecraft
by Max Whistlecraft

Mai Newholmby Mia Newholm
Ava Paananen
by Ava Paananen

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To enter your child’s art into the Folk Horror Revival: Young Artist of the Month competition –

Please send scans or photographs of the child’s work by email to fhryoungartistawards@gmail.com

Please include the child’s name and age
(the competition is open to children up to the age of 12).

Please include a postal address so that we can send a certificate to each young artist and the book to that month’s winner. (Email and postal addresses will not be shared online nor with any other party and will be used by us only in association to this competition. )

By submitting the child’s work you agree to us potentially publishing it in a book containing all the Young Artist competition entries (the book would likely be printed in black and white). Such a book will be non-profit for Folk Horror Revival / Wyrd Harvest Press with all sales profits being charitably donated to The Wildlife Trusts environmental, community and conservation projects.
All young artists will be granted a free PDF digital copy of the book, (as we utilise Print on Demand and are non profit, we are alas unable to supply young artists with hard-copy paper editions of the book).

The monthly winner of the competition will receive a copy of the book
Hares in the Moonlight by Sharron Krauss.
All Young artists will receive a little Thank You by post.

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When Will The Wolves Howl ?” / ” Kiedy Wilki Zawyja ?” by Mzylkypop

This is an album which throbs, pulsates and yes, howls, with imaginative intensity.

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When Will The Wolves Howl? provides the soundtrack of a chilling imagined future. England is surrounded by the Republics of Scotland and Wales. Albion is now ruled by a far right government that has come to power on a manifesto of forced repatriation. There is panic in the streets. Resistance is scattered as bands of immigrants, environmentalists and activists flee to the ‘wild space’ north of the border. Here they bind together as they hide away from the UKops who deploy witch drones to trap, imprison and deport them.

So far, so dystopian. However, while this album undoubtedly warps the dark currents of the present into the future in disturbing ways, this is a recording that delights the listener with the most vibrant musicianship. The soundscape is ever-changing, twisting and turning with dexterity in ways which bewitch and surprise. Analogue instrumentation, mostly drawn from Somerset’s collection of 1960s keyboards, effects and woodwind, is used throughout to provide distinctive and innovative instrumentation.

Three years in the making, When Will the Wolves Howl? is an album fermented to perfection. It is the brainchild of Michael Somerset, formerly of industrial funksters Clock DVA and Was (Not Was). Those Revivalists who were lucky enough to attend the FHR events at the British Museum in 2016 and the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield in 2017, will most likely recall the striking performances delivered by Michael alongside The Consumptives and Mother Crow.

The album brings together a variety of other talented musicians on the Sheffield music scene, including I Monster, Simon Lewinski and several highly skilled drummers and bassists. Of particular note is the singer Sylwia Anna Drwal, whose vocal performance animates the whole recording with flair and sonic seduction. Given the subject of the album it is interesting to note that Sylvia is Polish and one might assume that the band’s name Mzylkypop is also of Eastern European derivation. However, this is not so as it is in fact a word which Somerset made up as a child to describe the ‘mischief maker’ in the Superman of DC Comics whose name was just a bunch of letters and symbols. As the strange uncertainties of 2018 begin to unfold, it is time that we allowed Mr Somerset and his fellow Mzylkypop mischief makers to entertain and protect us.

The howling has begun.

John Pilgrim

Review – Marshland – Nightmares and Dreams on the Edge of London Gareth E. Rees

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A waking dream on the margin between two universes

Marshland – Nightmares and Dreams on the Edge of London

Gareth E. Rees

Illustrated by Ada Jusic

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“Cocker spaniel by his side, Rees wanders the marshes of Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow, avoiding his family and the pressures of life. He discovers a lost world of Victorian filter plants, ancient grazing lands, dead toy factories and tidal rivers on the edgelands of a rapidly changing city. Ghosts are his friends. As strange tales of bears, crocodiles, magic narrowboats and apocalyptic tribes begin to manifest themselves, Rees embarks on a psychedelic journey across time and into the dark heart of London. It soon becomes clear that the very existence of this unique landscape is at threat. For on all sides of the marshland, the developers are closing in… Marshland is a deep map of the East London marshes, a blend of local history, folklore and weird fiction, where nothing is quite as it seems.” (Taken from the blurb.)

It is hard to write a considered review of a book that has affected one emotionally. This book is inspiring, emotive and eye-opening.

I have never been to Hackney. I fear London. There is a side of me that despises it. This is the seat of our utterly disappointing government, the home of evil bankers, vacuous celebrities and relentless musical theatre. London decides what to watch, what to visit, what is best and fashionable to wear, what to listen to, to read, to eat. It is faceless and monstrous, the twisted soul of our country.

I initially approached this book with some trepidation, did I want to spend days trawling through a text that explored an area of this city? After exploring the blurb and the fantastic quote pulled from its recesses:

“I had become a bit part in the dengue-fevered fantasy of a sick city.”

I figured that the writer could be singing from the same hymn-sheet. In many ways his book reveals an attitude far more complex than that. Whilst he despairs at the encroaching development of London into the edges of the Marshland in Hackney it is also clear that were it not for earlier developments such as the railway it would not exist. Significantly it is the meeting of these two worlds – this island of nature and the bizarre mix of architecture and industry – that creates a synergy. A little universe in which the strange will occur. A world in which the mundane and the surreal collide. This little world sticks its middle finger up at the city with such defiance that it crackles with an other-worldly energy.

“Wherever you’ve got a margin between two types of culture and two types of landscape you often get a deeper awareness of the supernatural and the spiritual.” – Revd. Tony Redman – (taken from M.R.James: Ghost Writer – BBC)

It is this margin that Gareth Rees explores. Like a 21st Century Kay Harker, he explores a world in which the lines between imagination and reality are continually blurred. In Masefield’s “The Midnight Folk” we constantly question whether Kay is dreaming or awake and the sensation is similar here. By placing the real; the architecture, news reports and stringent historical research, alongside the unreal, we are plunged into a vortex of monsters, bears, time-slips, shamen and hallucination.

The book explores the geographic reality of the Hackney Marshes, but overlaying this in soft swirls of mystical graffiti are utterly compelling tales inspired by or pulled from Mr Rees’ study of the area. It appears that his study is a mix of hard graft and rambling through the Marshes with his dog Hendrix.

Rees introduces us to a man who transforms into a bear, two unfortunate time-travellers and an unhappy couple who find themselves possessed and changing into the occupants of a demolished factory. We meet the occupants of a barge from London’s netherworld, explore the legacy of the Olympic Village whilst visiting a mystical peddler in contraband antique books. This scratches the surface and I would urge you to seek out this book to discover more.

What strikes me about this book is how it has opened my eyes to my own town. I live in Reading which like many urban sprawls contains a weird mix of old and new. It was on finishing the final chapter that I took my children out for a walk. We have been to the nature reserve in Reading but on our way there we decided to try a different route and found ourselves on an old railway line. This ran high above the water meadows. On one side the beauty of the floods were framed by pink-grey tower blocks, while on the other streams and rivers snaked through swathes of green before the drab majesty of the town dump in the distance. We discovered:

dumped mattresses, ceiling fans and wheelbarrows vomited out of the backs of broken garden fences

the remnants of an old fire on the old railway bridge, made from its tumbling bricks

a lake of glass (my son’s words)

two rusted metal fences that framed the path creating “a gate to Narnia” (my daughter’s words)

It was into this margin that a deer ran across our path.

We were in the town yet not in the town.

We were in the country yet not in the country.

I had discovered the margin between worlds.

I hadn’t looked for it before.

Chris Lambert