Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Empire of Corpses by Ryotaro Makihara

The movie Empire of Corpses, which had its world premier outside Japan in the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday 11 October, had everything that attracts me to anime in insane profusion: a vast sprawling plot, an ornately beautiful cataclysm at … Continue reading

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William Morris, The Well at the World’s End

And now I’ve finished the epic journey from Upmeads to Utterbol, as recounted in The Well at the World’s End. For a long time this was a book I shunned because of its style. I didn’t like what I took … Continue reading

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Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes (1926) is one of a trio of fantasy masterpieces written by British women in the 1920s (Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the-Mist, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and this), in the run up to the universal franchise of 1928. This is … Continue reading

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Staff and students at the University of Glasgow may have observed that a certain amount of building work is taking place around the campus. Sometimes this has even interfered with our fantasy seminars. Yesterday, for instance, a haunting and semi-melodious … Continue reading

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Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the Mist as Fantastic History

I wrote this piece for a Festschrift for Peter Conrad. I’m sure he won’t mind me posting it here, with affectionate thanks for the inspiration he’s given me down the years. I’d like to write a book of the kind … Continue reading

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