The Song of the Walrus

In 1521, the head of a sea monster was sent by Bishop Walkendorf of Trondheim to Pope Leo X. On its way south, an artist painted an effigy of the imagined entire creature on the Town Hall in Strasbourg. The mural was accompanied by a poem, the song of the walrus...

In defence of mediocre gloop monsters: Stranger Things 3

There was a piece in the Spectator US today critiquing the Season 3 of Stranger Things . Tristan Priskett argued that the writers had missed a trick by avoiding engaging with current issues head on. I couldn't get away from the feeling that Tristan had shot a rather significant blank in his understanding of the role of monsters in horror and sci fi.

The Lady and Brexicorn

A few months ago I was on BBC Woman's Hour talking about the persistent and not-so-recent trend in all things unicorn.  [Listen to the clip here] It was a last minute appearance, I had barely had time to prepare at all before I was being ushered into the studio to sit eyeball to eyeball with the... Continue Reading →

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