Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 31: All Hallows Eve

Throughout this series I’ve applied the title of  “dark sentiment” to a variety of emotions, events, human acts, portrayals, and situations. Tonight we’ll talk about the darkest sentiment of all – True Love. True Love is the darkest of sentiments both because it has the power to motivate those blessed enough to be possessed by […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 30: Home Invasions

We of the LFM Clan reside in an antique farm house sitting atop a granite foundation that readily affords access to our basement by all manner of creatures. To the degree, in fact, that our basement stands as its own balanced ecosystem. Mice and Moles, for example, regularly pass through, as do the Minks from […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 29: Facing Your Demons

I introduced you to Jonathan Button back on Day 2 with his take on the tale of Red Riding Hood, but as we near the end of this year’s season of Dark Sentiments, I can’t resist giving you one more taste. Behind Closed Doors is the story of Gregory; a little boy faced with no […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 28: Darkness – Literally.

“Black as six feet up a Moose’s ass,” is a common term here in the Great White North, used to describe conditions so dark you can’t, as we also say, “See your glass in front of your face.” Things get that way in the bush when the moon is less than half full, but also […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 27 – The Last Word

I was irrevocably estranged from my paternal grandfather by the time I was 16 years old. Clem Whynacht was a Master carpenter who could build, finish and mend anything made of wood to a degree of perfection that was marvelous to behold. He was also an exceptional wood carver with a gift for turning out […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 26: The Baby and the Abyss

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Aphorism 146, Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Beyond Good and Evil) (1886) I’m known to write of darksome things, That spring from man and […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 25: From Darkness

Cartoon Saloon is an Irish Animation Studio based in Kilkenny. It was recently nominated for an Academy Award (R) for Best Animated Feature film. It began as an informal partnership between a group of animators brought together by Paul Young and Tomm Moore in 1999. Cartoon Saloon has since grown into a multi-award winning animation […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 24: A Word from Ray Villafane

“‘Darkness’, as it inspires me, isn’t limited to expressions of evil, mayhem, and bad outcomes. Something can also be considered “dark” if it is unknown, misunderstood, or incorrectly interpreted.” ~ The Book of Dark Sentiments The Artistry of Ray Villafane (sample above) and his fellow Artists Andy Bergholtz and Chris Vierra who together form the creative […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 23: La Petite Mort

Student and disciple of Nature that I am, it hasn’t escaped my notice that the cycle of the seasons – from the long, slow build up of Spring, through the heat of Summer, into the breathless bounty of Autumn, and then on to the flatline of Winter – bears a striking resemblance to sex; or […]

Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 22: In Case of Vampire

The label above would have been included with one of the ornately turned out and beautifully boxed kits consisting of masterfully crafted weapons and accessories created for defense against, and if necessary the destruction of, vampires, that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Timing and anecdotal evidence suggest, although fall far […]