Damnable Tales - A Folk Horror Anthology

By Richard Wells

An illustrated collection of classic Folk Horror stories

Sunday, 2 August 2020

How Pan Came to Little Ingleton

Hello again!

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 day on the outskirts of his village parish. Lawrence’s work was a fine discovery during my initial search for tales. Her Nights of the Round Table collection is a cracker, with several tales that could be deemed Folk Horror. ‘Robin’s Rath’, where a wealthy heiress looks to build on the ancient woodland on her newly purchased property, with predictably unsuccessful results. ‘The Fields of Jean-Jacques’, in which a misunderstanding over an ancient crop-reviving fertility ritual leads to a horrific encounter in the fields. And the especially creepy ‘Morag-of-the-Cave’.

This week I’ll be making a start on lino print 19 of 23 - H.R. Wakefield’s fantastic ‘The First Sheaf’, featuring an ancient standing stone, a village harvest, hooded cultists, and dark deeds by night!

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