Wyrd Kalendar; A Year of the Truly Unusual

The turning of the year provides ‘Tales From The Black Meadow’ author Chris Lambert with the thematic basis for his new ‘Wyrd Kalendar’ compendium, a collaboration with illustrator and Folk Horror Revival creator Andy Paciorek. Each darkly spun tale matches with a chosen month of the year, providing a folkloric and portmanteau feel to the book, with Paciorek’s richly detailed and haunting artwork prefacing the individual chapters.

This work therefore takes us from the frostbitten and hungry underground denizen in January’s ‘The Resolution’ (a tale of Lovecraftian imagination with a conclusion that will stay with you long after you have closed the pages of the book) to the terrifying timeslips of ‘February 31st’, the ‘king for a day’ twists and turns of April’s chilling ‘Chasing The Gowk’ to the twisted and disturbed nursery rhyme of ‘May Pole’. As the wheel of the year spins increasingly faster the sense of the unsettling and macabre if anything increases, ‘June Bug’s hugely effective body horror is reminiscent of one of Nigel Kneale’s scripts from ‘Beasts’ whilst July’s ‘Grotto Day’ is a deeply unusual and disquieting take on the brownie or ‘little people’ legend. August’s ‘The Weeping Will Walk’ is distilled folk horror, both subtle and suggestive in what darkness lies within the village ritual; October’s ‘The Field’ continues this folkloric aspect to even bloodier and satisfyingly grimmer heights. There is a distinct filmic or theatrical quality inherent in these dread tales; one can easily imagine a number of these being either staged or filmed; never mind ‘A Ghost Story For Christmas’, how about ‘A Ghost Story For Each Season’? November’s pitch black poem ‘All Saint’s Day’ (where the blood almost drips from the page) and December’s festive yet foreboding ‘Santa Claus And The Witch’ bring the Kalendar to a fittingly horrific close; yet there is the distinct impression that the spectres and wraiths contained herein will undoubtedly start back at their practices as before, the cycle of the year bringing them once more to terrible and terrifying life.

For aficionados of folk horror, weird fiction (especially readers of Robert Aickman’s dark and unusual stories), of Lambert’s excellent previous outing ‘Tales From The Black Meadow’ and of Paciorek’s intricate and beautiful ink work this volume comes highly recommended. We all must keep and mark our time; why not do so with the Wyrd Kalendar?

Grey Malkin.

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The Wyrd Kalendar – The October Mix

Wander the Kalendar Heath this October.

Walk towards the inevitable and terrifying Halloween festivities accompanied by BBC Tees and Fortean Times’ own Bob Fischer who will entertain you with extracts from this month’s story "The Field" taken from "The Wyrd Kalendar" (published this month by Wyrd Harvest Press).

As you reach the last few moments of October and Halloween descends, listen out for "The Night Before Samhain" a poem written and performed by Phil Breach.

Enjoy the October and then the Halloween tunes provided by Matt Berry, The Pretty Things, The Mystic Astrological Band, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Judy Dyble and Tim Bowness vs, No Acronym, of Montreal, William Wordsworth, The Cinnamon Ship, James Taylor, U2 (when they were good), Nitin Sawhney, Still Life, David Cain, The Incredible String Band, Haircut 100, Cosmic Overdose, Bill Nelson, Julie London, Dylan Thomas, Harold Budd and Brian Eno, Chris and Cosey, Witch, Emil Richards, Wolf People, Bill Buchanan, Blue Magic, Aqualung, Lou Reed, Rosemary Clooney, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sandy Denny, Flight of the Conchords, Howlin’ Wolf, Dead Kennedys, Russ Conway, Status Quo, The Guess Who, Sun Ra, Japan, The Misfits, Super Furry Animals, John Carpenter, Gorillaz, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and Duran Duran.

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FHR Edinburgh Event – Fourth Reveal

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We are proud to announce also joining us for the Folk Horror Revival: The Unseelie Court event at Edinburgh are –

Cat Irving and Daniel Pietersen on Beyond Burke and Hare. Cat Irving, Human Remains Conservator for Surgeons’ Hall Museums, and Daniel Pietersen, horror author, investigate the history behind the life and death of Edinburgh’s most notorious murderers, Burke & Hare, and their connection to one of its most enigmatic mysteries, the Fairy Coffins of Arthur’s Seat. They will speak at the day event.

 

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Appearing on the evening is a very special performance by Philly based band Ex Reverie in association with the visionary artist Julia Jeffrey. Fronted by singer Gillian Chadwick, the set relates to the mysterious case of the infamous Scottish Witch Isobel Gowdie, for which Julia has produced a series of stunning illustrations.

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And I Will Know Him By His Voice © Julia Jeffrey

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More acts to be revealed …

The Unseelie Court takes place on 21st October in Summerhall, Edinburgh. Tickets available now from  –  https://www.summerhall.co.uk/event/folk-horror-revival-unseelie-court/

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FHR Edinburgh Event – Third Reveal

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Our next two announcements for The Unseelie Court are:
Folklore Tapes– an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals. The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.They will be performing at the evening event.

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And joining us for the day event is Sally-Anne Huxtable, Principal Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, Editor of the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society, and a dabbler in the Dark Arts, who will be talking on Folk Horror and The Pre-Raphaelites.

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More acts to be revealed …

The Unseelie Court takes place on 21st October in Summerhall, Edinburgh. Tickets available now from  –  https://www.summerhall.co.uk/event/folk-horror-revival-unseelie-court/

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