Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 21: Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

| October 21, 2013

The title of an article by Hadley Freeman published last August in The Guardian refers to Warren Zevon as “… the man behind the demons”. I will be forever grateful to Ms. Freeman for the revelation because I was wondering who to blame for that. The title of today’s Dark Sentiment is taken from that […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 20: Cold Iron and the Veil

| October 20, 2013

The lore surrounding iron goes back into antiquity, and many are the beliefs that trust it to have the power to ward off evils from the supernatural realm. The intention to keep the dead at rest is why cemeteries, and even individual graves of a certain age, are often contained within iron fences – both […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 19: The Suicide Brothers

| October 19, 2013

The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers is a short film by Beat Pictures, in association with JMM Film and Kompass Pictures, starring Rupert Friend, Tom Mison and Keira Knightley. A darkly comic fairytale set somewhere between the worlds of Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm and Tim Burton, The Continuing and Lamentable […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 18: The Dog in the Tempest

| October 18, 2013

On Sunday (Julian calendar) the 4th day of August in 1577, a thunder storm of wrath of God proportions unleashed its fury between the morning hours of 9 and 10 o’clock over Suffolk, England. Within four weeks of that event, a slim volume titled Straunge and Terrible Wunder wrought very late in the parish church […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 17: Faulkner Was Right

| October 17, 2013

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain” ~ William Faulkner This poem was inspired by personally experienced actual events that played out way back in the mid 1980’s. I have never been so happy to be in the grip of the worst physical pain I have ever experienced, […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 16: The Dark Side of Child Rearing

| October 16, 2013

“During the second half of the nineteenth century, death was the ultimate act of nature—beyond human control and ever present. The death rate of infants were so high that babies were often not given names until they were one year old, and the death of infants were often unrecorded. The ubiquity of death, due in […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 15: Indestructible Sam

| October 15, 2013

Samuel Dombey was a black man living in New Orleans following the Civil War. Times were tough in the south, but Sam continued to bring money in by digging graves. He did an excellent job and his price was much lower that the competing gravediggers in the New Orleans area. In time, the lower prices […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 14: Clothes to Die For

| October 14, 2013

“My role, which began as designer, transformed into maker, sculptor, scientist, celebrant, dresser and death-wear facilitator.  Garments for the Grave is a practice that has emerged from previous project work, and uses skills from the fashion realm whilst incorporating elements of funeral celebrancy. It is a practice that functions as ritual engaged through the creation […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 13: Whither Thou Goest?

| October 13, 2013

I once convinced a small group of idiots that my birth certificate had an expiry date stamped on it. Don’t try this yourselves though, because my powers of persuasion exceed that of mere mortals, and I’d hate to be responsible for any of you hurting yourselves; at least if I’m not there to watch. Good […]

Dark Sentiments 2013 – Day 12: The Old Hag Returns!

| October 12, 2013

As if yesterday’s coverage wasn’t enough, I couldn’t resist trotting out The Old Hag just one more time. After all, in another life, I was married to her for quite a while, and back then, trotted her out more than a few times. Today we’ve got the trailer, and a sequence of ten bits of […]