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Monday, 7 March 2011

randomness ... it's a viral thing

We'll start with how HP Lovecraft's horror stories became, not just a cult, but an occult cult. Or maybe you already know you want to know more about Professor Daryl Bem and his apparent proof of ESP? Meantime, tucked away on Londonist, was a handy little gazetteer guide to London's hidden labyrinths and mazes, which is handy for all times, and includes Alan Fletcher's 60s-designed mosaic maze in Warren Street station (that I never seem to stop long enough at to try properly), as well as the apparently unlikely Barbican maze and minotaur. I've been reading Merlin Coverley's Occult London (thanks Kevin Younger), which is a great potted guide to the arcane shadows of the city, from John Dee to Iain Sinclair, and also has a little gazetteer at the back, and with some trip-planning happening just now, I'm all about mapping out journeys. Well, erratically, when I'm not looking for blog-suitable content from other parts of the world or enjoying creations like the Ikea Stonehenge (thank you Anthea Pitt), or the amazing "thoughtograph" 60s mind photography of Ted Serios, and awaiting the imminent return (of sorts) of Hammer horror, with films promising a risk-taking "70s sensibility", plus books (possibilities for the next generation of would-be Hammer scriptwriters) and live horror theatre productions. Currently visually mesmerised by: beautiful 1961 illustrations from Alfred Hitchcock & Fred Banbery's Haunted Houseful, including one of Hitchcock as a Casper-like ghost, the brilliant eerie and uncanniness of the death house tumblr blog and gregory boerum's amazing graphic design (via found objects).

1 comment:

  1. I thought IKEA really made a Stonehenge-inspired furniture. It's clever, really, how they used their identity to market their brand.

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