Monthly Archives: September 2011

Uncanny quote: Richard Jeffries

‘There is something in all superstitions. They are often the foundation of science. ‘Superstition having made the discovery, science composes a lecture on the reason why, and claims the credit.’ From ‘The Story of My Heart’ (1883), the autobiography of … Continue reading

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Uncanny pic: Austin Osman Spare

Sorry I’ve not posted for a while – partly this was down to my computer running rather erratcially. Also, I’ve been putting a lot of effort into a ghost-related project which I hope I’ll be able to announce before the … Continue reading

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Uncanny Book Club and Pic: Haunted Houses by Joseph Braddock

Another fantastic 1950s wraparound dust jacket (see Ghosts and Witches below) – this time by the wonderful Felix Kelly. I just love this cover: the colour palate, though muted, is so true to the 1950s, as are the elongated perpendiculars … Continue reading

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The ghost of the drunken miser

Tucked away in a remote corner of North Wales can be found a modest country house called Plas yn Rhiw. It must be one of the smaller ‘stately homes’ in the care of the National Trust. It’s right down on … Continue reading

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Uncanny Book Club and Pic

Here is J Wentworth Day’s ‘Here Are Ghosts and Witches’, the 1954 first edition. I’ve always liked the sinister cover art by Michael Ayrton. Ayrton also provides some distinctive interior illustrations and, judging by his Wikipedia entry, seems to have … Continue reading

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Uncanny pic: The Land of Mist

This is a striking illustration of the spirit of a man’s mother appearing to him at a seance. It comes from the original Strand Magazine serialisation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novella ‘The Land of Mist’ from the 1920s. ‘The Land … Continue reading

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Uncanny pic: Keeping Mum

I really love Charles Keeping’s work. He was perhaps the best British book illustrator of the second half of the 20th century. This weird and terrifying image represents Grendel’s Mother from the Anglo-Saxon epic.

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