ghosts

Poetry – Eye to the Telescope “Ghosts”

Eye to the Telescope is the online journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. A different person edits each issue (being published quarterly) and I myself have edited one – No. 16. The current issue, No. 22, “Ghosts”, is edited by Shannon Connor Winward, author of the Elgin Award winning poetry chapbook Undoing Winter (which I […]

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part V: The Japanese Fascination with Spirits

Every culture has its ghost stories. Here in the West, ours tend toward narratives depicting souls who died violent deaths and have returned to take revenge. Or perhaps we tell tales of those who have died too soon and only wish for eternal playmates. As I briefly mentioned in my post last week, the Japanese have a very rich and far-reaching pantheon of spooks. The majority of these ghosts and their stories grew out of the Edo period (1603-1867; thus why a show like Mononoke asserts itself as particularly Japanese horror), and ghost stories with a certain antiquated style to them, or an air of the past, are usually referred to as kaiden (mysterious or strange recited narrative), whereas more modern horror stories would simply be called hora (a Japanization of “horror”).

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring may be the single most frightening movie I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect balance between Classicism and Modernism.

Deconstructing Horror: Haunted Houses

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away… – Hughes Mearns, Antigonish We are all haunted houses.  – H. D.. A Tribute To Freud       You step inside the dilapidated walls. The door slams shut behind you, resisting […]

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan’s parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?

Being Human

Being Human is a fascinating TV show, originating in a time before Twilight became all the rage and posing an interesting question: what if your neighbours weren’t human? We all wonder what our neighbours get up to behind closed doors but what if they were hiding something supernatural? The pilot, originally broadcast on BBC Three […]