Thursday, 17 December 2015

Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies


The Black Meadow is discussed in Chris Lambert's paper Folk Horror and the Virtual Demiurge – Making False Trails – How Lies Can Be Used to Create New Folklore which appears in this awesome new tome this month.

The paper was first presented as part of  the "Fiend in the Furrows" Folk Horror symposium at Queens University in Belfast. It explores the phenomena of the Black Meadow inviting the reader to join us in the mist, to make mischief, to make new folklore, to lie and to revel in lies.

The brainchild of Andy Paciorek, Field Studies  is a folk horror enthusiast's treasure trove, with contributions and interviews from incredibly exciting artists such as Kim Newman, Philip Pullman, Alan Lee and Sharon Krauss.

As well as this other Black Meadow travellers such as Grey Malkin (of The Hare and the Moon) and Jim Peters (Melmoth the Wanderer/Septimus Keen) make several scinitllating contributions of their own.  It is well worth checking out. A lovely and comforting read on these cold winter nights.

There are some lovely reviews in The Spectral Times (p.97) and in Heathen Harvest.

A full list of contributions follows:
• Foreword, Disclaimer & Acknowledgements
• Folk Horror: From the Forests, Fields and Furrows; An Introduction by Andy Paciorek
• Subtle Magic and the Thrill of The Wicker Man by Sharron Kraus
• An Interview with Kim Newman
• Public Information Films: Play Safe by Grey Malkin
• An Interview with Philip Pullman
• Hysteria and Curses in Nigel Kneale’s Baby (Beasts) by Adam Scovell
• An Interview with Paul Rumsey
• The Green Children of the Woolpits by Karl Shuker
• Sacred Demons: The Dramatic Art of David Rudkin by John Coulthart
• The Last Broadcast by Rich Blackett
• Folklore and the River: A Reflection on Davis Grubb’s The Night of the Hunter byStephen Canner
• Quatermass II (Nigel Kneale): The Fears of the Outsider Within the Landscape byAdam Scovell
• An Interview with Gary Lachman
• Weird Americana by Andy Paciorek
• An Interview with Julia Jeffrey
• The Wanderings of Melmoth by Jim Peters
• The Traditional Jack in the Green by Chris Walton
• Ghosts, Landscape and Science by Nick Brown
• An Interview with Dr Bob Curran
• The Music of The Cremator and Morgiana by Grey Malkin
• One Small Step for Man: Hunting the Nephilim by Cobweb Mehers
• A Paean to Peter Vaughan by Andy Paciorek
• Other Thoughts, Other Voices: Cults, Hive Minds and a New Philosophy of Horror in the Work of John Wyndham by Dan Hunt
• The Haunted Landscape of Brian Eno: Ambient 4: On Land by Adam Scovell
• Srpski Vampir by Lauri Löytökoski
• The Primrose Sloop of War by Chris Bond
• Phantasms of the Floating World: Tales of Ghostly Japan by Andy Paciorek
• The Folk Horror of Doctor Who by Adam Scovell
• Colin Wilson: Reflections on an Outsider by Gary Lachman
• Morgaine Art by Karen Hilder
• An Interview with Andrew McGuigan: Cumbrian Cthulhu
• Paul Ferris: Witchfinder General Soundtrack Review by Grey Malkin
• An Interview with Thomas Ligotti by Neddal Ayad
• “Just That Little Bit Dark, Haunting and Dramatic”: An Introduction to The Hare and the Moon by Jim Peters & Grey Malkin
• An Interview with Dr Simon Young – The Fairy Investigation Society
• Nordic Twilight: Scandinavian Horror by Andy Paciorek
• “See Ye Not That Bonny Road?”: Places, Haunts and Haunted Places in British Traditional Song by Clare Button
• Kill Lists: The occult, paganism and sacrifice in cinema as an analogy for political upheaval in the 1970s and the 2010s by Aaron Jolly
• MR James: The Presence of More Formidable Visitants by Jim Moon
• An Interview With Drew Mulholland
• Albion’s Children: The Golden Age of British Supernatural Youth Drama by Andy Paciorek
• The Sacred Theatre of Summerisle by John Harrigan
• All you Ever Knew About Vampires Is Wrong: A Transcript of a Fortean Meeting Talk by Tina Rath
• An Interview with Robin Hardy
• The Haunted Fields of England: Diabolical Landscapes and the Genii Locorum byPhil Legard
• Sauna: Abjection and Redemption in the Liminal Spaces by Madeleine Ledespencer
• Hell’s Angel Blake – An Annotated Guide to a Coven at Bix by Andy Sharp
• The Old Hag Phenomenon by Jasmine Gould
• The Olde World Mythology Behind Saurimonde by Scarlett Amaris & Melissa St Hilaire
• Unearthing Forgotten Horrors by Darren Charles
• An Arthurian Antichrist: Alternate Readings of Kill List by Andy Paciorek
• Darkness, Beauty, Fear and Wonder: Exploring the Grotesque and Fantastical World of Czech Folk Horror by Kat Ellinger
• Folk Horror and the Virtual Demiurge – Making False Trails – How Lies Can Be Used to Create New Folklore by Chris Lambert
• Women of Power and Justice: Witches in Folk Horror Movies by Judika Illes
• An Interview With Alan Lee

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Black Meadow - A new piece of art inspired by "Tales from the Black Meadow"

This new piece of work by artist and photographer Mark David Brindley is inspired by "Tales from the Black Meadow". It is a rich piece that seems seeped in mist and heather. We are honoured to share it here. The more you stare, the more it draws you in...

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Black Meadow on the Active Listener Acid Folk Sampler - Volume Two

Check out this incredible mix from the Active Listener with some Black Meadow magic from The Soulless Party as well as works from Black Meadow explorers The Hare and the Moon and Emily Jones.

Chris Lambert at the Alchemical Landscape - Cambridge University

There is a lovely write-up of Chris Lambert's presentation at "The Alchemical Landscape" at Cambridge University in March. 

Check it out here but watch out for "strategic doses of pranksterism..."

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Important Notice!

The original Double CD of 'Tales from the Black Meadow' is currently out of stock until 2016. You can still download the album digitally from the following sites:

Apple Music

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Songs from the Black Meadow - Re-launch news - Mega Dodo

In May 2016 - Mega Dodo will be releasing "Songs from the Black Meadow"
All profits from the sales will go to Cancer Research UK.
The record will be available on CD and cassette (with download code) as well as Bandcamp.
There will be a very special relaunch event at May Games 2 at the Half Moon in Putney in May.
Mega Dodo records have a catalogue of very exciting artists who we are proud to join. Check out the gorgeous sounds of Beautify Junkyards below as a taster:
More news will follow as we get it.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

"Blackberry Fields" Remix

Kid Moxie announces '1888' remix LP, shares two new contributions [Premiere + Download]

The incredible "1888" by Kid Moxie has been remixed by various artists from around the world. Of particular interest to our readers will be Dylan Willoughby's fabulous remix of "Blackberry Fields" which you can hear below. Sublime.

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Audire - A Seance at Syd's

Out this month is "Seance at Syd's", an exciting new book by Dave Thompson that features interviews with many Black Meadow contributors including Chris Lambert and Kev Oyston of "The Soulless Party".

For all the Black Meadow completists there is also a newly discovered tale called "The Audire" which is the result of a meeting between Roger Mullins and Syd Barrett in the late 60's. This tale is written by Chris Lambert.

It is currently available to buy on kindle either in the US here, or the UK here.

You can buy the paperback at here and here.
The hardback version is available here. It looks very different and has colour photographs inside...

We are also promised an exciting compilation featuring tracks by all of the featured artists which will be out very soon.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

1888 - Kid Moxie and the Fields of Blackberry

Image of LPUN48 Kid Moxie:1888 LP

We are very proud and excited to announce that the Black Meadow has crept its way onto US singer Kid Moxie's new album "1888". Her version of Fields of Blackberry which was produced by "The Soulless Party" also features the voice of Chris Lambert the author of "Tales from the Black Meadow".

Fields of Blackberry was collected by Roger Mullins in the late 60's. The original version, sung by an unknown performer in 1967 in a pub in Hampshire, features on the original "Tales from the Black Meadow" album.

This is a fantastic album that also features collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks) and the Gaslamp Killer.It is available as a digital download on itunes and as a vinyl record from UNDO records.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Black Meadow at Whitby Bookshop

Just a little picture of Black Meadow at Whitby Bookshop cuddled up next to that other famous Whitby resident...

We love Whitby Bookshop! Visit and buy books!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Black Meadow Tale inspires piece of art... Goblin Fruit Studios and The Shining Apples

Exciting news today.

The Black Meadow tale and tune "The Shining Apples" has inspired a sculpture by Carisa Swenson of Goblin Fruit Studios. It is on display at "The Zealot's Elixir" exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco!
"She called out in a small shrill voice if anyone would like to buy her shining apples."

Check out some fantastic detailed images of the sculpture from Carisa Swenson here.