Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Finally, a new update!
Firstly, I’m happy to reveal the final cover design for the book…
Unbound are just finalizing the copy for the back of the book, so once that’s locked I’ll share the full cover with you, along with a few other design sneak peaks…
Secondly, an announcement that the pledge levels will close at midnight on 25th April. This will be the last chance for…
Friday, 19 February 2021
I’ve finally made a start on making the hand-bound chapbook pledge reward. As the story I’m including (‘Witch In-Grain’ by R. Murray Gilchrist) is very short, I’ve decided to include a second story by the same author – ‘The Basilisk’. I think they work nicely together, a couple of late 19th century tragic romances full of folkloric doom!
In addition, I’ve decided to stamp a…
Monday, 8 February 2021
Long time no see! Happy New Year, etc… Apologies for the lack of updates. At the weekend I finished putting together some ideas for the final cover design for the book, so hopefully I’ll have some news on that fairly soon.
If you follow me on Twitter (if not, why not?), you might’ve spotted the exciting announcement that Damnable Tales will feature a foreword written by Benjamin…
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Last weekend, I gathered together all 23 of my completed lino blocks, and printed a fresh set onto plain white paper (all of my prints til now have been on the lovely textured handmade 'lokta' paper, this is the paper that all of the pledge reward lino prints will be printed onto). These will be the clean background 'final' versions of each design that will go into the finished book…
'The Shining Pyramid'
Sunday, 20 September 2020
23 lino prints completed! Here’s my final lino print for Damnable Tales. It’s for Arthur Machen’s ‘The Shining Pyramid’, first published in the May & June editions of The Unknown World magazine, 1895. When Mr. Vaughan discovers strange symbols on the grounds of his country dwelling, he drags his friend Mr. Dyson away from bustling London to help him solve the mystery, which may be…
'Bind Your Hair'
Sunday, 13 September 2020
I’m back with a first showing of the penultimate lino print I’ve done for Damnable Tales. This time, it’s Robert Aickman’s beguiling ‘Bind Your Hair’, first published in his 1964 collection Dark Entries, and the story which closes this anthology.
Clarinda Hartley experiences an increasingly uncanny couple of evenings out on countryside walks whilst avoiding her fiancée’s family…
The Summer People
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Here’s lino print number 21 of 23 for Damnable Tales. This time, I’ve gone with Shirley Jackson’s brilliant ‘The Summer People’, first published in the September edition of Charm magazine, 1950. Janet and Robert Allison begin to sense a subtle menace creep into their lives after they decide to stay at their isolated country holiday cottage for a little longer than usual. Another of…
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Here’s Damnable Tales lino print 20 of 23. This time, it’s for Walter de la Mare’s tale ‘All Hallows’, first published in the collection The Connoisseur, and Other Stories, 1926. A visitor to the titular church meets its lonely verger, who gradually comes to speak of an evil presence surrounding the building. I love the oppressive atmosphere conjured throughout the tale, and the striking…
The First Sheaf
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Presenting lino print number 19 of 23! This time, it’s for H.R. Wakefield’s 1940 tale ‘The First Sheaf’, first published in the collection The Clock Strikes Twelve.
“Did I ever tell you how I lost my arm?” An old man recounts a childhood encounter with a sinister rural cult. Very much the archetypal Folk Horror tale, with an ancient evil bubbling under the surface of a seemingly…
How Pan Came to Little Ingleton
Sunday, 2 August 2020
I’m back with the latest lino printed illustration for Damnable Tales. This time, it’s one of my favourite stories in the anthology – Margery Lawrence’s ‘How Pan Came to Little Ingleton’, first published in her 1926 collection Nights of the Round Table.
In one of the gentler tales, a fusty, puritanical vicar is taught a lesson when a mysterious (or not) stranger appears one…
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
You might’ve noticed I haven’t been as regular as usual with my project updates. During lockdown, between March and June I managed to complete 16 lino prints, a pace I was pretty pleased with! Now my day job has started up again, I’ve not been able to devote as much time to lino cutting than before. But I’ve worked out a new routine and I’m back into the swing of things, though expect…
'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…