At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”
Listen to the Yuletide carols of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society in all their awesome splendor.
The BBC and Atlas Obscura have galleries of intriguing Nineteenth Century Christmas cards. “The Victorians had a different idea to what Christmas was about – not particularly Christian, but a time of good humour. You may find a mouse riding a lobster strange – I find it funny. It’s horses for courses.” (Thanks, Chuck!)
Do you dare read the final chapter in the Gutter’s own Carol’s 31 Days of Horror blogathon? “Spookoween 2015 is winding down and it looks like I made it through. Roger Corman and Dracula both return, but not together. So many draculas! No Vincent Price this time, but there is a brief appearance by Vampire […]
Stuff You Should Know has a gallery of seventy unsettling vintage Halloween costumes.
It’s the second ten days or so of 31 Days of Horror with the Gutter’s own Carol. “Spookoween 2015 got a little rougher for me. I’m a little more ambivalent about some of the films I watched for Part II. One I even started and stopped. This time we have two appearances by Vincent Price, […]
The Gutter’s own Carol’s piece about Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko appears in Shudder curator/TIFF programmer/friend of the Gutter Colin Geddes’ recommendations for your Halloween reading, viewing and listening pleasure. And the Gutter itself receives a shout-out!
Nitrate Diva has a list of “31 of the Scariest Old Time Radio Episodes for Halloween.” Listen up!
The Paris Review shares some of cartoonist Roz Chast’s intriguingly painted Easter eggs. See more at her website.
Poet Emily Dickinson shares her advice for spending the holidays alone.
At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Keith spends Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. “The movie opens as all good Christmas movies should: with a scene of a jolly witch tearing across the night sky astride her broomstick, collecting stars for her eldritch brews, while the devil bats the moon around and eventually slips it […]
Project Gutenberg has a copy of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” complete with scans of the cover and John Leech’s illustrations from the first edition.
Comics Editor Carol shares a wholesome seasonal story mixing the Alpine monster Krampus in 1960s-style space opera.
Christopher Lee has released a promotional video for his latest album, Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. You should probably watch everything at Charlemagne Productions.
The Library of Congress has scans of José Guadalupe Posada broadsheet illustrations, including many calaveras for your enjoyment!
Rosie Cima writes a little bit about the history of Halloween including a look at seasonal stores, sexy costumes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. (Thanks, Paula!)
Happy Dreams Daycare is a daycare for children from horror movies. It offers a welcoming environment regardless of any person or supernatural issues at home.
At Die Danger Die Die Kill, friend of the Gutter Todd Stadtman shares a list of fine films to enjoy this Spookoween season! “Halloween movie lists have become a staple of the season. But one has to admit that there’s a numbing amount of overlap between them. I mean, does one really need to cram […]
At Comics Alliance, Kate Leth provides, “Roll With It”–an interactive tool for deciding on your Halloween costume this year.
Animator, director and producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. has died. Rankin is probably best known for his Rankin/Bass studio’s holiday television specials such as Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town and Mad Monster Party. He also produced and directed The Last Unicorn, The Hobbit (1977), The Return Of The King (1980), The […]
A lot of people my age have vague memories of a Star Wars holiday special back from some time in the 1970s, but beyond that their memories go blurry. Maybe they recall it had something or other to do with wookies, but specifics are difficult to drag up from the recesses of the mind — […]keep looking »