Russian wooden churches

April 13, 2011 2 comments

While far from horrifying, these wooden churches, from Kizhi Island in Karelia, Russia (wiki, google maps), are inspiring. There must be some horror movie or novel made in this setting. Or there ought to be.

Oh, and don’t miss the webcam!


And now I want to read Derleth…

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

…especially this one:

I could, of course, just buy it on eBay, for USD99 plus shipping.

Did anyone actually read Gormenghast?

April 13, 2011 1 comment

I mean, it’s so long and it’s not even finished? At times I feel I should give it another go, but for the moment, I’ll just let it rest in my book shelf.

I do like the idea of it, though. A castle so big it becomes the world to its inhabitants. Old, stale, timeless. Characters that are bizarre or grotesque. Perhaps I should see the TV-series. Here‘s the first part.

How Faulkner inspired Psycho

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Having just finished watching the classic Psycho (1960), it struck me that some details are remarkably similar to William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (full text here). The taking in of a lover, the poisoning of the lover, the preservation of a body, the imprint of the the body in the bed and of course the importance of the house. I am of course not the first to notice this.

Here is an article from the The Journal of Popular Culture discussing this very thing.

Bruges-la-Morte: dead lover, decaying city

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Bruges-la-Morte…concerns the fate of Hugues Viane, a widower who has turned to the melancholy, decaying city of Bruges as the ideal location in which to mourn his wife and as a suitable haven for the narcissistic perambulations of his inexorably disturbed spirit. Bruges, the ‘dead city’, becomes the image of his dead wife and thus allows him to endure, to manage the unbearable loss by systematically following its mournful labyrinth of streets and canals in a cyclical promenade of reflection and allusion. The story itself centres around Hugue’s obsession with a young dancer whom he believes is the double of his beloved wife. The consequent drama leads Hugues onto a plank walk of psychological torment and humiliation, culminating in a deranged murder. This is a poet’s novel and is therefore metaphorically dense and visionary in style. It is the ultimate evocation of Rodenbach’s lifelong love affair with the enduring mystery and haunting mortuary atmosphere of Bruges.

–Alan Hollinghurst, editor of this edition. Quote from

Bruges-la-Morte by George Rodenbach (1892) is a short novel portraying the Gothic city of Bruges as silent and melancholy. Upon its release, a cult of Bruges started, making it into the tourist hotspot it still is today. Written in French, there are but a few translations to English. Make sure you get hold of a copy with the original black and white photos of Bruges. You can read the whole book here if you know French.

The inspiration to the house in Psycho

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Compare Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad …

Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad, 1925.

…to the house in Psycho.

According to imdb‘s page on Psycho, this was the inspiration.

Hitchcock on the setting of Psycho (1960)

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Let Alfred Hitchcock guide you to the setting of his classic Psycho in this five minute trailer. It is always a delight to hear Hitchcock speak. Warning, spoilers.

Link here, I can’t seem to embed imdb videos.