Monthly Archives: April 2012

Georgian Thrills and Spills :

Gothicism and the Magic Lantern:

by J.A.Beard (from

The lady and her guests have gathered in a sitting room. Only the light of a few candles fights off the choking darkness.

Suddenly a rattling chain and the scratching of unearthly talons echoes through the room. A skeleton appears, then a ghost! The terrified audience holds their hands in front of them in a feeble attempt to shut out the creatures. . . . .Read on

Magic lantern, 1818, Musée des Arts et Métiers, photo by Edal Anton Lefterov

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Last Friday I finished draft one and two of The Jerusalem Puzzle. I call it one and two because I go back every day and edit what I wrote the previous day.

The Jerusalem Puzzle is written!

On Monday I started on the next edit. I plan to have it finished by mid May, when I will send it to Harper Collins.

I was pleased that both yesterday and the day before I was able to do my target of editing ten pages a day. This means, for me, that it’s fairly smooth already. That doesn’t mean to say that there won’t be changes and suggestions from Harper Collin’s editors, but it’s a lot smoother than The Istanbul Puzzle was at this stage.

I guess writing day after day, year after year is finally paying off.

As for the novel, I like it, if I’m allowed to say that. The…

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Hobbinol's Blog

Following Michael Elliott’s version of King Lear, Brian Blessed creates a menacing Medieval world. Images of the full moon, Stonehenge-like stone slabs, naked flames, white-robed priests and sharp blades profilerate. He also uses a rug-like map spread on the floor. At this point, a jovial Lear (played by Blessed) enjoys Goneril’s and Regan’s flattery. He responds by dividing the map with a stick, an insignificant act if it wasn’t for Lear’s linguistic flourish that first rewards Goneril for her professed love:


Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,

With shadowy forests and with champaigns riched,

With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,

We make thee lady. (I.i, lines 63-6)

Blessed’s Lear is not a tired aged king who looks forward to relinquishing power. Instead, he is a loving though deluded father bestowing on his daughters an inheritance based on the wealth generated by bountiful land. In this context, the ‘shadowy forests’ and ‘plenteous rivers’…

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