I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be, for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world. – Mary Shelley
On a beautiful sunny day last week, the Turning Over a New Leaf project team decided to take a day off from the office to visit a spectacular chained library in the small town of Zutphen (located in the eastern part of the Netherlands). Built in 1564 as part of the church of St Walburga, it is one of only five chained libraries in the world that survive ‘intact’—that is, complete with the original books, chains, rods, and furniture.
A phenomenal turn from Gemma Arterton in this somewhat joyless but fascinating and brutal film.
Acclaimed biographer Jim Steinmeyer discusses his new book Who Was Dracula? and explains how Bram Stoker’s classic horror story is also a parable about sexual repression.
Take a glimpse into the scattered confessions of a female serial killer etched into bathroom walls or written on old mirrors. Discover the horrifying contents of an old bucket that makes a certain neighbor’s garden grow so well. Trace the fragmented parts of a diary describing a German boy’s transition into a werewolf…