Monthly Archives: October 2016
I’m still very much an amateur when it comes to reviewing books online, but it’s something I very much enjoy, and it’s so great to have this platform to put together my thoughts on books I’ve been reading. I also really enjoy reading comments on my posts and sharing recommendations and opinions.
I found this book when searching for similar folklore-related books in my local university library. The author’s name was familiar to me (she has written other books about folklore and legends of Wales), so I thought it was worth seeking out. Ostensibly it’s a children’s book, given the colourful, humourous front cover and story illustrations, though some of the subject matter is pretty morbid for younger readers. Nonetheless, I haven’t yet found another book that deals solely with the idea of the devil in Welsh folklore, so for now this will have to do.
I had never heard of Robert Aickman until last month. John C Nash of When Churchyards Yawn recommended him to me after I posted my review of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. I am so glad he did – I really loved this book. I borrowed this from my local library but I enjoyed reading it so much that I think I’m going to get my own copy.
“Merthyr can show several remarkable edifices, though of a gloomy horrid Satanic character. There is the hall of the Iron […] from whence proceeds incessantly a thundering noise of hammers. Then there is an edifice at the foot of a mountain, half way up the side of which is a blasted forest and on the top an enormous crag. A truly wonderful edifice it is, such as Bos would have imagined had he wanted to paint the palace of Satan. […] I stood staring at the diabolical structure with my mouth open.”
I had read many good things about the various Lovecraft-inspired comics and graphic novels currently available, and after reading a couple of great adaptions of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Shadow out of Time, I decided to borrow this from my local library. The paperback collection contains the two-issue The Courtyard and the four-issue Neonomicon.