'The Lady on the Grey'
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Presenting once more my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. This time it’s John Collier’s tale ‘The Lady on the Grey’, first published in 16th June edition of The New Yorker magazine, 1951.
A rakish cad gets his just deserts when he’s bewitched by a mysterious young woman whilst out on a country stroll. One of the lighter (and shorter) tales in the anthology, with a fun sting…
'The Music on the Hill'
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Here’s a first look at my latest completed lino print for Damnable Tales.
‘The Music on the Hill’, by the enigmatically pen-named Saki (Hector Hugh Munro to his friends), first published in the collection The Chronicles of Clovis, 1911.
A classic Folk Horror plot, with the ignorant bourgeoisie townsfolk relocating to the country and failing to respect ancient country traditions…
Friday, 26 June 2020
Here's my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. This time, it's Fiona Macloed's tale The Sin-Eater, first published in the collection ‘The Sin-Eater, and Other Tales’, 1895.
A charlatan pays the price for conducting an ancient funereal folk ceremony for a quick profit…
Monday, 22 June 2020
Here's my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. 'A Witch-Burning' by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds, first published in The Strand Magazine, 1909. An exiled priest in New England risks everything to try and save the life of a young woman accused of witchcraft. A particularly tense and effective tale!
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Here’s my latest lino print for Damnable Tales.
Gavon’s Eve, by E. F. Benson, first published in the 13th January edition of The London Illustrated News, 1906.
Concerning the dark folklore of Gavon’s Loch, and the sinister practice that can be held at a certain spot on a certain night…
It’s a surprise to some that the creator of Mapp & Lucia was also a prolific writer…
'The Tarn of Sacrifice'
Thursday, 11 June 2020
After a week away from lino cutting to sort out some book-related admin, I've just completed my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. ‘The Tarn of Sacrifice’ by Algernon Blackwood, first published in the collection ‘The Wolves of God, and Other Fey Stories’ (1921).
A war veteran exploring the Lake District encounters a fabled mountain lake, which seems to awaken memories from a past…
Man-Size in Marble
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Fresh off the printing press once more, here’s my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. This time, it’s ‘Man-Size in Marble’ by Edith Nesbit, first published in the December issue of Home Chimes magazine, 1887. A newly married couple relocate to the country (always an unwise move where Folk Horror is concerned!), and fall foul of the local legend of the shapes “that walked in their marble…
'The Black Reaper'
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Fresh off the printing press once more, here's the latest lino printed illustration for Damnable Tales.
'The Black Reaper' by Bernard Capes, first published in the collection ‘At a Winter’s Fire’, 1899.
An ungodly farming community pays a hefty price after a stranger is murdered during a drunken encounter in the wheat fields. Fire and brimstone stuff!
I rue the day…
'The Devil of the Marsh'
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Fresh off the printing press, here's my latest lino print for Damnable Tales.
'The Devil of the Marsh' by H.B Marriott-Watson, first published in the collection ‘Diogenes of London, and other Fantasies and Sketches’, 1893.
A lovesick fellow goes for an ill-advised rendezvous in a misty marsh and gets more than he bargained for…
Friday, 8 May 2020
Happy second May Day, everyone! I thought I'd share with you this video I cobbled together a few weeks back, charting my process of producing a lino print. I'm currently at work on a design for the 1893 tale 'The Devil of the Marsh', by H.B. Marriott-Watson, so look out next week for an update on that.
Out of the Sea
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Fresh off the printing press, here’s a first look at my latest lino print for Damnable Tales. It’s an illustration for A.C. Benson’s ‘Out of the Sea’, first published in the collection ‘The Isles of Sunset’ (1904). A demonic goat-like being comes to the small coastal of village of Blea-on-the-Sands, its appearance somehow connected to a recent shipwreck and dark deeds within the…
Monday, 4 May 2020
Hello Unbounders (is that what I call you?),
Sorry for the complete lack of project updates before now. As I'm sure you've heard, Damnable Tales passed its funding target last Thursday. The 30th of April of course was Walpurgis Night, traditionally when fires are lit to ward off evil spirits, and the Devil himself creeps abroad. Damnable timing, indeed...
I want to thank you all for your…