This review first appeared in Horrified magazine in 2022. Of the world’s ’empty spaces’, the polar regions have a long and distinguished place in horror fiction. From The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (Edgar Allen Poe, 1838) to At The Mountains of Madness (HP Lovecraft, 1936), and from the TV drama The Terror (AMC, David … Continue reading Review: “All The White Spaces” by Ally Wilkes
Hello! Sorry, it's been a while. It's six months since my last post, which is by far the longest break I've taken from the Gyre. Not only have I not written here, it's also a few months since I reviewed for Horrified (the last thing I covered there was the excellent debut novel by Ally … Continue reading #AmWriting. Honest.
Horror Rewind #3 – Robert Aickman’s “Cold Hand In Mine” (1975)
I'm cheating on two counts here. I'd intended 'Horror Rewind' to be a look back at works of fiction from the Horror Boom of the late 70s to early 90s, and in their original (or at least a contemporary) edition. Cold Hand In Mine is a 2014 reissue from Faber (a lovely thing, as all … Continue reading Horror Rewind #3 – Robert Aickman’s “Cold Hand In Mine” (1975)
August Derleth: Cthulhu re-myth
Earlier this year I looked at how Detroit electro outfit Drexciya (perhaps inadvertently) reconfigured the poisonous racism of H.P. Lovecraft's legacy. That legacy is a complex and problematic one, but one that we're unlikely to have at all were it not for the heroic efforts of August Derleth. Derleth (with Donald Wandrei) founded Arkham House … Continue reading August Derleth: Cthulhu re-myth
Drexciya v Cthulhu
I write about a variety of themes on this blog, and though I have a deep love of music I try to avoid writing about it because that's not what the Gyre is about. I've made a few exceptions before but this piece almost fits with the site's other interests. For over twenty years I've … Continue reading Drexciya v Cthulhu