Final Winter Ghosts Announcement!

So as the Autumn takes full hold it is time for us to announce the final acts for this year’s Folk Horror Revival – Winter Ghosts event that takes place December 14th at the Metropole in Whitby.

Our final musical act are the rather wonderful Scottish prog rockers Big Hogg.

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Big Hogg are a 6 piece Canterbury influenced progressive group mixing threads of acid folk , Dr John , Kevin Ayers and 60s and 70s west coast psych.They released their eponymous debut album on Neon Tetra in 2015 and built up a glowing live reputation following shows at the Barrowlands , Rockaway Beach ,Wickerman and Eden festivals. In 2017 they signed with London label BEM who released their critically acclaimed “Gargoyles” album in May of that year. Record Collector magazine described it as ” An epic fantasia through Glasgow’s grimy underbelly with tumbling brass and suspended jazz chords” , while prog magazine describes them as ” masters of weaving an aural tapestry of influences together to create some suitably brilliant and uplifting music in the true spirit of the Canterbury pioneers” The band are currently recording their third album.

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Joining the lineup is our very own Darren Charles who will be bringing his Unearthing Forgotten Horrors radio show to the event. Featuring an eclectic mix of music, Darren’s aim will be to get everyone up and dancing to the very best in prog, folk, metal, goth, alternative, electronica and psychedelic music.

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Finally we will be screening three rather fabulous short films.

 

American Witch

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Welcome to a voyage from novice to initiate. The chthonic path is the common thread that weaves together the various underground religions in America from Wicca to Voodoo and Stregheria to Santeria, and everything in between. Along our pilgrimage, we will unfold the historical background in places where witchcraft came into its own distinctive form such as Salem, New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles. American Witch will also explore the stories of practitioners and how it’s changed their lives.

Scarlett Amaris has co-written scripts for the seminal horror anthology THE THEATRE
BIZARRE (2011), the award-winning, supernatural documentary THE OTHERWORLD
(L’AUTRE MONDE) (2013), featuring years of her research into the mysteries of the South of France, in which she appears as a resident expert, and the horror film REPLACE (2017). She’s co-written the dark fantasy trilogy SAURIMONDE I, II & III, and her first contemporary fiction novel DESIRED PYROTECHNICS will debut in 2019. A well-regarded authority on alternative history, her research has been featured in numerous books and anthologies. She also teaches comparative mythology and witchcraft at The Crooked Path Occult Apothecary in Los Angeles, and is a founding member of the Tridents of Hekate coven. Scarlett’s screenplay for H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space is currently receiving a great deal of praise across the festival circuit ahead of its release.

Melissa St. Hilaire wrote film and music reviews for The Heights Inc. Her poetry has appeared in the periodicals Shards, The Outer Fringe, and The Laughing Medusa. She co-authored several scripts for Tone-East Productions. She has written articles for Feminine Power Circle, Savvy Authors, SF Signal, and The Qwillery, among others. She has also appeared in the anthology books Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies and Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads. Her debut book was a memoir titled In The Now. She co-wrote the dark fantasy series, Saurimonde, with Scarlett Amaris, and is currently finishing a sci-fi novel called X’odus. She is also a founding member of the Tridents of Hekate coven.

Conjuration

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Gary Parsons is an MA film graduate from Goldsmiths College London who specialises in short films. Utilizing both, elements of the surrealist genre and images of the occult, these films are both beautiful and at times disturbing. They also tap into the verisimilitude of the erotic and the unconventional.

Gary has been influenced by film-makers such as Jan Svankmajer, Kenneth Anger, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Luis Bunuel, Hans Richter, Man Ray and Jean Rollin. All these elements meet within a melting pot to find visual references within the work.

Gary’s films can be viewed in many different ways, as straight forward narrative pieces but also as ritual film as demonstrated by similar film-makers such as Maya Derren or even as music promo video. The films stand as an ongoing obsession of their maker as an overall understanding of the human psyche within certain specific landscapes.

Conjuration is Gary’s most recent film and is based around an Alexandrian ritual. It deals with modern day magick, but also correlates it with magick’s heritage through Gary’s impeccable choice of shooting locations. Several powerful ancient sites, notably Avebury, Glastonbury, Pompeii and Oslo were chosen for this purpose.

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Louhi, The Northern Witch

Directed by Lauri Löytökoski, Louhi, The Northern Witch is a silent film with an ambient-folk score, based on The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, the story draws from its shamanistic aspects.

The lead character is Runoi; a nascent witch who confronts his mother’s night terrors and is quickly transported into the realm of Louhi, the witch-queen of the undead. He journeys to axis mundi, the mythical pillar connecting heaven, earth and the underworld.

Main characters of The Kalevala are introduced as vessels for him to pass through. In the lines of Carl G. Jung’s anima/animus theory, they represent subconscious element of one’s sexuality, the opposite of the dominant side.

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So, that pretty much completes this year’s action packed lineup. Tickets are currently available from the eventbrite page below. We hope to see you all there for what promises to be another spectacular weekend of music, film, talks and art.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/folk-horror-revival-presents-winter-ghosts-tickets-55468722442

Don’t forget as well as the main Saturday event there will be the Thresholds Art Show in conjunction with Decadent Drawing, the unofficial Friday ice-breaker featuring Storm Chorus at the Rifle Club, and the Ghost story readings at the Hetty and Betty Cafe in Baxtergate on Sunday 15th.

 

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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/folk-horror-revival-presents-winter-ghosts-tickets-55468722442

Hark – the last herald

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A final reminder that the Hark: Alternative Yule Art Exhibition at the Stuart Duckett Design Store in Whitby runs until 2nd January 2018
Last chance to see this collective of great art in the beautiful coastal town of Whitby this season.
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Features such talents as ~

 Jeffrey Knopf

Julia Jeffrey – Stonemaiden Art

Marc Beattie

Decadent Drawing

Eolith Designs

Erin Sorrey – Glass Coffin

Charlotte Pettifer

Jennifer Weston

Andy Paciorek

Maria Silmon

Drawing in Dark

John Chadwick

Angela Chalmers 

Patricia Shaw
& more (apologies to those not named – rush to get this final hark posted)

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artwork – Jeffrey Knopf
Julia Jeffrey

Stuart Duckett Design Store 

Pagan Dawn

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Pagan Dawn is a quarterly magazine featuring articles, reviews and research on Polytheism, Pantheism, cultural history and nature-based spirituality, published by the Pagan Federation in the United Kingdom.

In issue no 205, Samhain 2017 You will find an article about the Folk Horror Revival by Darren Charles & Andy Paciorek.
With imagery by Julia Jeffrey, Andy Paciorek & Graeme Cunningham.

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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New Year Horrors List

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As the Queen and Government have messed up a bit with their New Year’s Honours (Doddy ok fair enough but Posh Spice?? ) we here at FHR are doing our own Honours list for New Year (and we may very well do one at Summer Solstice or sometime else also, )

So We are delivering ODD honours (Order of the Double Denim) to the following -firstly some of those who have passed …

Posthumous acclaim to ~
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Robin Hardy
Christopher Lee
Peter Vaughan
Colin Wilson

Amongst the living our Thanks to the following Honorary presences for their great support to FHR and / or the fantastic work they do in our sphere of interests. 🙂 So stand up (or sit down whatever is comfier … Sir or Dame …)
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Alan Lee
Bob Beagrie
Caroline Wise
Richard Littler at Scarfolk Council
Roger Linney
Julia Jeffrey
Gary Lachman
Eamon Byers
Ramsey Campbell
Becca Thorne
Sharron Kraus
Shirley Collins
Iain Sinclair

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Special Thanks of Support go to ~
Christina Oakley Harrington @ Treadwells
Geraldine and Bali Beskin @ Atlantis
Viktor Wynd @ The Last Tuesday Society
Steve Toase
Nick Brown
Tom Oldham and Nathaniel Metcalf @ the Folk Horror Film Club
To all the Administrators and Moderators of FHR
and a personal Thank You to Erin Christina Sorrey for the support and inspiration given to me (Andy P. )