Bella in the Wych Elm (Short)

Tom Lee Rutter’s Bella in the Wych Elm is an intriguing docudrama based upon the case of a decomposed female corpse discovered in 1943 by some boys out poaching in Hagley Wood in the English Midlands. The corpse had been stuffed into the hollow trunk of the tree and according to the now lost police…

Hell’s Bells

With today being the first of May I came across this little gem from Wandering Tiger, featuring one of England’s quirky folk traditions. Written and directed by Luke Jeffery and produced by Charlie Coldfield (who also plays the role of  deprogrammer Howard Webb) and Jocelyn Chandler Hawkins, Hell’s Bells also features Magda Cassidy as Rosie…

The Hollow Tree – by James Blogden

James Blogden’s previous novel Hekla’s Children was one of our top reads of 2017. An intriguing blend of folk-horror and inter-dimensional experience we gave it a 666/666. In our opinion his latest book The Hollow Tree, just published by our good friends at Titan Books, is even better. The Hollow Tree opens in 1945 when…

Unburied at The Vault Festival

We have a bit of previous with Carrie Marx of Hermetic Arts, but in a good way because we absolutely loved her one woman show BADD (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) at the 2017 London Horror Festival. So when we were invited to the opening night of her new show Unburied at London’s Vault Festival…

Crucible of the Vampire (2018)

Crucible of the Vampire is the second film as director by Iain Ross-McNamee who helmed one of our favourite films of 2015 The Singing Bird Will Come. Where The Singing Bird Will Come trod the line between psychological thriller and supernatural chiller Crucible of the Vampire is more of an old school British Gothic that…

Hekla’s Children by James Brogden

I really liked James Brogden’s Hekla’s Children. The story opens when a group of four young adults set off on a training hike in Rowton, West Midlands, for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Only one, Olivia, comes back and she’s starving and disoriented. Ten years later their teacher, Nathan Brookes is working as an outward…

Dogged (2017)

We really liked Richard Rowntree’s folk horror short Dogged and have been looking forward to his feature-length version of the film for some time now. The good news is that the movie is now completed and will soon be performing on the festival circuit. Richard was also very keen for us to take a look,…

Amen Island (2011) AKA Unhappy Birthday

Birthdays are hard aren’t they? What do you get for that special person in your life after so many years together?   Rick (David Paisley) has a surprise lined up for his girlfriend Sadie (Christina de Vallee) for celebrating her birthday as soon as they reach their secret destination. You see Sadie was adopted and…

Fir by Sharon Gosling

Every now and again a young adult book comes along that jabs a syringe full of liquid nitrogen in your spine you know right between the cervical vertebrae. Sharon Gosling’s Fir did that for me. Our hero, an unnamed teenage black metal fan, gets plucked from his comfortable life and mates in Stockholm to be…

Baobhan Sith (White Fairy) (2017)

Back in October 2015 we talked to director David Hutchison about his forthcoming Celtic horror feature Baobhan Sith (pronounced Bavanshee you Sassenach bystanders) (White Fairy) which was then soon to start the festival rounds. The great news is that Baobhan Sith (White Fairy) is now available to stream from Amazon and it’s a lot of…