Friday, September 28, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 9: FH at SIFF 2018

Here's episode 9. But y'know if you listen on your phone via Apple Podcasts or some other source, then you can walk around outside on a Fall day and listen!

Mike did most of the heavy lifting for this episode, but I thought I'd provide some movie photos so you can see what films he discusses.

"Hagazussa: a Heathen's Curse," Lukas Feigelfeld dir.
"Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil," Paul Urkijo dir.
"Beast," Michael Pearce dir.
"Valley of Shadows," Jonas Gulbrandsen dir.
"The Field Guide to Evil," various dir.

"Good Manners," Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra dir.
"The Most Unknown," Ian Cheney dir.

"Mountain," Jennifer Peedom dir.

"Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda," Stephen Nomura Schible, dir.

"Sweet Country," Warwick Thornton, dir.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 8: Red Shift (1978), pt. 2

Hello -- here it is, we're wrapping up Red Shift for now. But maybe as we discuss in the podcast it will be reopened again in the distant future?

Here's the audio. But have you heard the good word about apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

 The Folk Horror Revival publication "21st Century Ghost Stories" is now available. As is "The Wytch Hunters' Manual."

Here are some cool shots from a cool TV movie:

Holding him.

Me, her and the Bunty.

Corn goddess.

St Bertoline's Church is in the village of Barthomley, Cheshire. 

Discussing imports/exports.

Gone badly.

Speaking to the Heavens, or the Earth?

Love in the grass.

Changing stations.



Here's the Spotify playlist (which now has music from both episodes):

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Quest Out Your Town

I hope that you have a place nearby you that you can visit – as a little quest. The idea with a quest is that first you decide a purpose, and then you seek that purpose. For my purpose this evening, my wife had pointed out that the reading material in the bathroom was months old, being just World Cup magazines and a Mojo from March (it had Nick Drake on the cover).

But not everyone lives near someplace they can have a quest. I used to live in Park Township, Michigan which is near Holland. There were no stores or anything I could walk to, though I could walk to the beach of Lake Michigan which was wonderful. But I think having a corner store or a community area that you can walk to is really important and really great to have.

So I was like, okay I’ll go downtown and buy some magazines – my wife wanted “fluffy comics” like Over the Garden Wall, which I’m just going to go ahead and recommend, for everyone, the comics and the TV show. I live near downtown Royal Oak – at least a half mile away, but it’s a great walk for me and it’s my favorite sort of exercise – just walking somewhere!

Anyway, I found a Little Library with one of Carl Oxley’s Bunnies stuck to it. It had a bunch of comics in it. Here is what I found and took:

It's funny when you find something that ties in neatly to other things you've been into. I haven't had a chance to read this yet but it seems to be about old stories from The First Nation? Or a tie into a broader older religion? I don't know! But it involves topics that I've been thinking about especially after I found about this Michigan folklorist who wrote on Birch Bark!

Anyway I continued downtown and visited Paper Trail books. People said they didn't think the place was going to last what it appeared, but it is so full of good stuff now that you cant help but stop by and pick something. There was a lady who had dared to stop by the cart outside the store and then couldn't stop herself from buying books. You have to love real books! And . . . comics! They have those too, and board games and music. Here are some comics I found:

And others! To be honest some of them might have been found at UHF Records, because they have cool stuff too (read below).

Then I went to SCOUT which is a beautiful store that you should go to. I love all the gift items that they have. I bought this awesome Hippie Modernism book here which was the book from a touring art exhibit that was at the Cranbrook Art Museum. You should just come in here and look around. It and Saffron are my favorite "vibe" stores in Royal Oak (okay and Rail and Anchor), and I don't generally buy women's clothing!

So yes, then I went to UHF, which is so great. I can't reiterate this enough -- if you are lucky enough to be near a downton where you can go buy cool things, do it! I bought comics for $1 each. UHF has cool VINYL ALBUMS for $1 each. I bought this!

Patrick Sky, "A Harvest of Gentle Clang." This was was only $6 as you can see. It's great. I think I've found my own, personal, singer song-writer. What do you know, I was just thinking about Buffy St. Marie today. Both UHF and Papertrail helped me with the spare change I was lacking which is a nice gesture -- I paid it back by giving my change later to the gas station! That's a good way to go through a day I think.

Anyway after UHF I heard piano music and found a soulful piano player Brianna Dee Kingsley who was just going to town on the piano. I put the video up on YouTube.

Then I went to find the Speakeasy in Royal Oak. It's part of Mr. B's. Well, I think I went too early, because they are only open between 7-1 in the morning. If you want more information you'll have to find it!

So instead I went to Hopcat! Why? Because the view is the best up at the top. I sat up there and drank a wonderful MICHIGAN Blake's Hard Cider RAINBOW SEEKER: 

And an Arbor Blonde Redhead (unpictured).

Then I just came home. This was all fun for me, and while the kind of things you might quest for might be different from mine -- I hope you can find a quest near your house and have a good walk too!

Yes I am derelict in my duties to part two of Red Shift -- but I'm half way done! I think!

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 7: Red Shift (1978), pt. 1

Done! We talk about the 1978 Play for Today "Red Shift" by Alan Garner. And the book! We talk a lot of background but we do have about 20 minutes of synopsis before the end.

Here's the audio, but surely you would rather download this from apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

Here's the Spotify playlist:

Here's a link to that really good TOR article. The author's name is Jo Walton:

Here's Apaches:

Great short doc about Garner:

And yet weren't these shown at night?

A galaxy (quickly moving) far, far, away.


Hints of Eden?


Tom and Jan.

Sergeant Major.


John Fowler.

Rather gory.


Monday, June 18, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 6: Darren Charles talks about the FHR Witch Cults event

Sadly, this event has been CANCELED.

The poster above shows what the episode is about. We talk to Darren Charles from Folk Horror Revival about the upcoming event and other topics!

Here's the audio, but surely you would rather download this from apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

Here are links to the bands we discussed in the show!

Black Mountain Transmitter
Georgia Seddon
Nathalie Stern
The Heartwood Institute
Peg Powler
Marcus H.

Tickets here.

More information here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 5: Robin Redbreast (1970), pt. 2

The red red robin comes bob bob bobbin' along, and so does The Folk Horror Podcast!

Listen below. 

I has some audio problems in the second half, but the good news is that I've set up my studio so that all audio going forward should sound A LOT better.

Audio snippets were from The Carice Singers (performing Peter Warlock) and Lisa Knapp.

Go to work on an egg.

Almost as brutal as Watership Down.

Rob considers one last Karate chop.

Don't look back.

The Village Green Preservation Society.

Interesting detail -- blood on Wellbeloved?
Something we didn't mention is that, if the characters do represent mystical beings at the end that instead of Herne the Hunter, Fisher could be Cernunnos, the celtic god. Though there are possible connections between Herne and Cernunnos anyway.

From Mike:

Hypnogoria podcast episode on the robin:

Mike also wanted to share this video from Folk Horror fan Jenny Hval:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 4: Robin Redbreast (1970), pt.1

Forgot to mention it actually IN the episode, but this is the first part of what will probably be a two part discussion of Robin Redbreast!

Listen below. But who wants to sit in front of a computer? Download it on your phone! 

The sounds during the letters section is library music by James Harpham, "Nature's World."

From Mike:

Play for Today episode guide:

John Bowen bio:

Some interesting info on John Bowen and RR:

PDF of The Golden Bough:

No Mod Cons.

Someone lost their marbles on her windowsill.

Who sherded?

Sherry, but not Percy Bysshe.

Can you understand a light among the trees?

The eyes have it.
No one smiles if you cross their stiles.

From listener John (about Wicker Man):

- See the Whitby Hand of Glory and Hand of Glories that you can buy!

- The procession tune. See this for more info:

- Not only is Paul Giovanni in one of those shots on the cliffs, Anthony Shaffer is in one too! Check out this shot:

See the man with the green turtleneck behind the woman in the blue top who is behind Howie? That’s Shaffer! His only cameo in the film. The associate music director, Gary Carpenter, dressed up in drag to play the organ in the church scene. You can see a behind the scene shot of that here:

Hardy’s minister cameo, as far as I know, didn’t make any cuts nor did Gary’s.

 - 'Summer is icummin in' is only heard when they set the Wicker Man on fire, not during the procession or at any other time. It’s the oldest song in the English language.  More info on its use here:

- Check out these pictures of a commune that re-created their own Wicker Man. It wasn’t until recently that I found out they their “man” wasn’t one of them made for the film.