Archive for November, 2010

Pantheon Issue 2

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

Anybody looking for a brilliant print magazine featuring fiction, poetry, artwork and recipes (and who isn’t?) can find details of exactly such a thing right here. It’s the second issue of Pantheon Magazine, and it’s fantastic. And you can now order it online!

It includes work by Sarah Sanders (a signed, limited edition print), Simon Jones, Terri Lucas, Lizzie Fletcher, Johnny Mains, David Hartley, Tori Watson and Julie Del’Hopital.

Here’s the rather lovely cover:





Student Protests

Posted in Non-Fictions on November 10, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

I think protest marches are brilliant, and that the ‘look at all of the spoiled, middle-class brats pointlessly making a fuss’ school of criticism is missing the point completely. Also, I’d say that the ‘university fees are not that big a deal’ school of criticism is missing the point too, as is the ‘what a load of violent thugs’ school.

(In addition I think these arguments are plain wrong, but that’s neither here nor there).

The point is that people feel moved to nail their colours to the mast and stand up to the state. That’s a big deal. It’s doesn’t matter who they are, or if they have fun doing it, or if a few windows get smashed in the process. It doesn’t even really matter what the point of contention is, as far as I’m concerned. Whatever the issue at hand, the protest march is a demonstration that citizens feel too strongly to wait to vote at next election, and that really matters.

And, for the record, I think that tuition fees are a massive, massive issue. That aside – protestors should have our full support, always.

Let Me In

Posted in Non-Fictions on November 8, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

The new Hammer film, Let Me In, is BRILLIANT. As you may already know, it is an English-language adaptation of the Swedish film Let The Right One In which in turn was an adaptation of the book Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

All three versions are (really, truly) fantastic, but Let Me In is the only one currently showing in cinemas. You should all go and see it. I really mean that. You won’t regret it. And don’t be fooled by the trailers into thinking that it’s a fairly mediocre action shocker or anything – it’s really much much better than the standard, TV trailers make out.

If you’re thinking ‘Tom doesn’t normally recommend films or anything on this blog’ then, well, you’d be right. But Let Me In is a great example of why horror matters, and obviously that’s something I’m very interested in.

Given that you’re already reading this, then you’re probably fairly open-minded about all of this kind of stuff anyway, and I’m probably preaching to the converted, but – well – I’m going to stop myself talking myself out of writing this blog post now.

Go. Go now.


Wastwater Legends

Posted in Non-Fictions on November 1, 2010 by Tom Fletcher

I received an e-mail a while ago, and the sender asked the following question:

‘Another question is whether The Leaping is based on any legends at wastwater as I have been told about a giant dog that is said to live near the lake and about a monster which lives in the lake.’

I haven’t heard either of these stories, but naturally I’m intrigued. (For those of you that don’t know, ‘The Leaping’ is set in Wasdale and around Wastwater, and it’s an area I’m quite familiar with).

Anybody out there – folklorist, local, anybody – able to shed any light?