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I bought this a few months ago, and I was mostly attracted by the fact that this first issue includes a 7″ vinyl soundtrack EP, designed to be played whilst reading the stories. The presentation is fantastic – the vinyl is a garish green splatter edition, whilst the comic cover is printed on heavy textured paper, making the cover image of the comic’s “Die-rector” especially lurid. The whole presentation is highly impressive and overall it feels like a highly professional package.

I recently spent a few hours tidying up my Instapaper archive so I’d have something handy to read when waiting at the airport before we went on holiday. I mostly use read-it-later services to tag articles about history, folklore, horror or literature, but I knew I’d also used Instapaper to save some short stories that had been recommended to me online. Amongst the archived posts, I found a story called The Spire in the Woods which was posted to the horror-story subreddit NoSleep in 2013. I don’t know how I ended up saving this or how I’d even heard of it, but I figured if I’d bothered to look it up and then save it to my Instapaper, it might be worth a read.

I’m currently about a third of the way through Daphne du Maurier’s 1980 collection, The Rendezvous. It’s a collection of her earlier stories, all of them seemingly imbued with a typical du-Maurieresque undercurrent of dread and paranoia. I was reading it alongside members of the Instagram “[Shirley] Jackson Collective” but I’ve decided to abandon the book for now.

RIP XII We’re a month into the September-October RIP XII event and unfortunately I haven’t quite been able to get to everything that I’d put on my list here. From this list, I’ve managed to write about The Skull of the Marquis de Sade by Robert Bloch and Supergod by Warren Ellis. I’m in the […]

Title: The Skull of the Marquis de Sade Author: Robert Bloch Published: 1976, Corgi (Originally published 1965) I bought this 1976 Corgi edition from Instagram bookseller P. G. Bloodhouse. Highly recommended for your classic horror, crime, suspense and thriller needs! Sometimes it’s as though a title of a book or short story calls out to you, […]

[Journal entry]

I’ve never been able to cope particularly well with being in a big city.