This review first appeared in Horrified magazine in 2021. The Folk Horror Chain was developed by writer and film-maker Adam Scovell in his essential guide to the sub-genre, Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (2017). The chain consists of four ‘links’ which can be used (amongst other things) to help define a cultural artefact … Continue reading Review: “Harvest” by Julian Payne and Zoe Elkins
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The Folk Horror Chain in Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood”
The Folk Horror Chain is a framework devised by writer and film-maker Adam Scovell in his essential study of the genre, Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange. For Scovell, Folk Horror can - among other things - be categorised as "a work that uses folklore…to imbue itself with a sense of the arcane for … Continue reading The Folk Horror Chain in Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood”
…but is it Folk Horror? “The Droving” (2020)
Is The Droving Folk Horror? I was asking myself this more and more the longer this (admittedly short¹) film went on. It certainly uses some familiar tropes: an outsider comes to a "remote" location; there are people wearing animal masks, and there are rumours of magic & ritual. Some moderate spoilers follow. Martin (a superb, … Continue reading …but is it Folk Horror? “The Droving” (2020)
Folk Horror review in new issue of ‘Revenant’
My book review of Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange by Adam Scovell, and Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies from Wyrd Harvest Press is - along with lots of other fine critical work by people much better qualified than me - in the new 'Folk Horror' edition of the online journal Revenant.