i lied this is my favourite photo

anonymous asked:

I was going to say I'd love to have you show me your collection of books on mythology and cults and cosmic horror but then I realized- You kind of can do that. Do you have any book recs of the non-Lovecraft Lovecraftian sort?

Okay so I pulled some of my favourite things off my bookshelf which I think might appeal to people interested in Lovecraft. I tend to veer towards the more gothic of his tales so that’s what this collection reflects. There is a mixture of fiction and non fiction here so I hope this is useful!! 

1. The Hell-Fire Clubs by Evelyn Lord

A History of devil worshipping cults in the British Isles which supposedly operated from about the 16th-19th centuries. 

2. America Bewitched by Owen Davies

A history of witchcraft in America after the salem witch trials, really interesting to see how that initial incident affected the later ‘outbreaks’. 

3. Primitive Mythology by Joseph Campbell 

This is part one in a series of texts about the impact of mythology on the psychology/culture/identity of the human race. It reminds me a lot of the ideas Lovecraft explores about the idea of an ingrained fear that has been passed down through generations. 

4. The Devil Within by Brian Levak 

The best history of exorcism I have read, worth pointing out that is does only focus on Western history/concepts. 

5. Vampyres by Christopher Frayling 

Super comprehensive and very literary based, actually a really good reference text for people studying the gothic in any capacity. A social and anthropological history of the Vampyre in popular culture. 

6/7. The Blake and Avery Detective Series by M.J Carter 

Victorian detective series full of satanic cults, weird witch doctors, ancient symbolism and gruesome murders. 

8. Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudounaris 

I have been obsessed with the Catholic practice of decorating the bodies of saints for ages and this is the definitive book on the subject. Full of gorgeous, fascinating photos and lots of insights into the ritual behind it all. 

9. This Way Madness Lies by Mike Jay 

A really well illustrated and gorgeously presented history of Bedlam in London. Any publication put out by the Wellcome Collection is always worth the money. 

10/11/12. The Annihilation Trilogy by Jeff Vandemeer 

My favourite weird fiction trilogy ever. Worth reading Annihilation on it’s own even if you don’t pick up the other two. Sort of like At the Mountains of Madness meets The X Files meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Also a nearly all female cast of characters. 

13. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

I’m an absolute sucker for things based on Russian Folklore and this is a bizarre fever dream of a narrative which never quite makes sense but the prose is insanely gorgeous. 

14. Satantango by Laszlo Kraszahorkai 

One to pick up if you like the Lovecraft stories like Dreams in the Witch House, The Colour out of Space and The Cats of Ulthar. Follows the impact of a group of uncanny individuals whose appearance in a rural town causes a slow descent into chaos. 

15. Moon Over Soho (The Rivers of London series) by Ben Aaronovitch 

The Rivers of London series is dark, funny and perfect as a light hearted monsters, girls and ghosts read. I love them because they are set around where I live which is always fun. 

16. The Wolves of London by Mark Morris 

Weirdly this series was released around the same time as the above one but has a much more overt Lovecraftian tone to it. I prefer the ideas and the bleakness of this series but the writing style of Aaronovitch. 

16. Q by Luther Blissett 

Tonally quite similar to Lovecraft’s work. It’s dense but worth the read if you can get through it as it’s a maze of religious fever, manic peasant revolts and political upheaval. 

17. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley 

One of my favourite books of the last year. Deeply unsettling and an amazing blend of supernatural and domestic horror where you can never tell who is reliable. 

18. Thin Air by Michelle Paver 

Perfect for fans of Algernon Blackwood, M.J James and all those wonderful classic ghost writers. Genuinely frightening with an excellent payoff. 

19/20/21. Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook 

Probably visually the most Lovecraftian of this list. A classic tale of supernatural happenings in an isolated rural area but the illustrations and creature designs are some of the most beautiful and horrifying I’ve ever seen. 

Not pictured because I couldn’t find my copy of it is Kraken by China Miéville which starts with a giant embalmed squid being stolen from the Natural History Museum and explodes into a story of cults, magical books, sea monsters and a chilling use of origami. 

I’m also half way through Là-Bas, by J.K Huysmans which follows a young man who becomes obsessed with Gilles de Rais and eventually pursues satanism in turn of the century France. It’s a morbid delight and the love story at it’s centre will really appeal to people who aren’t normally into that aspect of the narrative. Who doesn’t want to go to a black mass with your lover? 

Li Chun 李純 as Imperial Noble Consort Ling, Wei Yan Wan, with her on-screen daughter, on the set of Legend of Ruyi 如懿传

It’s a miracle! An on-set photo that doesn’t have the costumes blurred out or obscured!! And oh my god, that whole look is gorgeous! This might end up one of my favourite costumes, up there with Hua Fei’s pink and purple outfit in Legend of Zhen Huan.

anonymous asked:

Can I just say thank you for your continued Zayn support/ blogging? Because it's amazing and I love seeing posts about him from people who support Larry as well <3

I mean…Zayn might be the embodiment of this gif:

But I still love that hoe. I love his music…literally the intro to Mind of Mine is some of the best fifty-seven seconds of music I’ve ever heard. Not to mention the rest of the album which deserved so much more than the half-arsed promo it got. No doubt thanks to the fact that it’s still linked to Syco’s ineptitude. 

Look at him at his last 1D concert:

I just don’t think he’s this evil diva that he’s being made out to be. Considering that he might actually be the only member of One Direction still contractually tied to the old team, I just don’t see the logic in side eying everything in the tabloids about the other four, but just taking whatever is said about Zayn at face value. Whatever the truth is I don’t think we’ve heard it, nor do I think we’ll get it from this book. 

Anyway here’s my favourite photo of Zayn:

Also remember when he was way too excited about Harry feeling him up?

Like, chill. You know we can see what you’re doing with your face, right?

Also I lied, this is my favourite photo of Zayn:

Every time I see it I’m like 

Anyway, yeah. I love Zayn. I hope he’s alright and that his treehouse is structurally sound because ever since I found out he built it himself I’ve been extremely concernicus about it. 

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Victorian Inspired homes.

There is a dark soul that lies within me, their is something about Victorian inspired homes that captivate my imagination. I love them, the structure, the mix of sometimes vulgar eccentricity and the enchanting fairytale beauty.

In London you have many original Victorian structures. Some have survived the war others have be re-developed with a modern edge. However they come I simply love them. So hope you enjoy my little montage of some of the homes I love. 😍😘

Ps: the last house on the photo reel is inspiring. I could do some much with that. It’s my favourite I must say. I see potential in what some may see as ugly👌👍😍

July Book Photo Challenge: Day 16 - Favourite book fandom

Fans of the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch may not be as easy to find as some of the bigger fandoms, but they have both awesome taste in books and awesome talent - the artwork and cosplays I’ve seen associated with these books is so cool.

My book photo challenge posts

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Joanne Kelly panel, Oz Comic Con, Brisbane 7-9-14

Apparently Joanne’s first ever solo panel.

Sadly we were beyond the point where photos are allowed when Eddie crashed the panel to mock Jo and then ran the mic around for questions for the rest of the panel (complete with commando rolls across the stage, climbing over chairs and providing his own commentary).

Now I’m sure for many people the appearance of Eddie was the highlight of the panel but my heart lies elsewhere.

Jo said Jaime Murray was her favourite guest star and HG Wells was her favourite villain.

She was asked which was her favourite HG episode and said, “I smell apples.” She said that the scene where HG is tied to the chair is great but that it was the moment when HG sacrifices herself to save “me and I realise how important I am to her.” Eddie - “I thought it was because of me, because I was important to her.” Jo - “Well you thought wrong, it was me.”

Be still my shipper heart.

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My favourite two of my new photos in colour, on the off-chance that anyone wondered what I look like nowadays. (I don’t like having pictures taken, so this is a rare event.) Sadly, I don’t have Paige’s curls! They’re the one thing I’d steal from her if I could.   

These photos were taken in the beautiful Ching Court in Seven Dials, which is the real name of the courtyard that lies behind the Seven Seals’ den. The blossom tree in the background is mentioned in The Mime Order. My original author photo was taken in Magdalen College, where most of The Bone Season is set.

Photos © 2015 Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Here is the issue with people making young girls/people in general feel like liking and riding horses is an embarrassing thing/not socially acceptable.

When I was in elementary school, I was made to feel so embarrassed for liking and riding horses and drawing pictures of them on my own time that I lied about what my favourite animal was to avoid being made fun of. That’s right, I never said my favourite animal was a horse because I didn’t want to be ridiculed behind my back.

Up until very recently, I’ve been scared to share too many photos of my horses on my personal facebook or instagram despite the fact that boys who only post photos of them playing soccer, hockey, etc are made to feel completely cool and okay with sharing their sports and there is no negative connotation to doing that and literally living and breathing whatever their favourite sport is and wearing a jersey every day.

Not only that, but often when my sport is accepted and it isn’t being made fun of, people sexualize it and then go and use that as ammo on why horseback riding is weird. If you’re fucked up enough to make it into a sexual thing, you’re the one who isn’t socially acceptable because your mind is in the gutter. Not only is it gross of you to do this, it also teaches young women that their sport and their passion is only considered acceptable when a man can sexualize it and make it into something it isn’t.

This type of ridiculing leads so many young people to give up their passion or feel like they need to hide it and act differently about it or pretend that it’s just a hobby. While this goes on, people continue to be 100% okay with other people sharing constant photos of their soccer, hockey, painting, photography etc and basically affirm that certain hobbies/sports are okay, while others are not and that’s pretty messed up.

You are a complete douche bag if you choose to stereotype people as being “weird” for liking or riding horses. Most young children are a little different. I could also have 1000 stereotypes towards various other sports players that may be true for some of them, but not for all.

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Is it just me, or are there few better simple pleasures than good old fashioned farmers’ markets? Because whether I watch my cash disappear in the blink of an eye, or spend no money at all, I love a good farmers’ market any day of the week! And today’s adventure to the Leslieville Farmers’ Market and Ashbury Flea Market? Yup, it completely solidified these thoughts.

Wait, I lied, baby feet & patterns may just beat my love of farmers’ markets.. . (plus, this is my favourite photo of the day).

Anywho… (and if you’re following my Instagram, you’ll already know this…), but I bought myself a hat today! Like, a legit hat! And not a big, floppy, beach hat, but an actual, could-wear-this-in-the-city-on-a-walk hat. I don’t do hats, like, ever. So, my dear Internet friends, this was a big (big!) deal. Although, I must confess, that by the time I arrived home, I had actually lost the hat! I seriously have no idea where it could be… hopefully it turns up somewhere. (Luckily it was only $12!)

There was a gorgeous, old, historic house where the flea market lives, which was an excellent chance for a photo-op.  Summer makes everything look so good, especially as Toronto is currently in full bloom!

We walked around the antiques first, eying beautiful hand carved, wooden, coffee tables, knitted hats, and plaid shirts. But in good old, two thousand and fourteen farmers’ market, hipster, vintage fashion, everything was SOOOO pricey ($145 for a plaid shirt I wanted! umm no thank you).

After a leisurely stroll, and a few light purchases later, my sister, Lily, the two dogs and I set up the picnic blanket, while we decided what to eat for lunch.  “Baconfest” was going on, which I was secretly eying, but my sister is a vegetarian, so sadly that didn’t happen.

Despite the veggies and fruits being very very expensive, I purchased some peaches and flowers. I actually felt really weird taking so many photos, but fruit from above is one of my favourite things to photograph! (And then collage!)

We ended up splitting a grilled cheese, and ice-cream sandwich, which was so welcomed after my migraine and not eating much since Friday.  Nom nom nom. It was so delicious.

We then packed up Lily, and the two pups, and did a final lap around the festivities. I couldn’t help but admire even more summer flowers, as we then all headed home for a Sunday afternoon nap.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1965 - photographed by David Bailey

“I could often be the foil to John’s hardness. But it could be the other way round, too. People tend to have got it one way; but John could be very soft, and I could do the hard stuff. […]

It’s funny, the myth developed that I was the melodic, soft one and John was the hard, acerbic one. There was some surface truth to that; but, in actual fact, back then one of his favourite tunes was ‘Girl Of My Dreams’. That was through his mum. Another was ‘Little White Lies’, which was certainly not cool either, but that was a good, well-crafted song. ‘This Boy’ was one of those.“ - Paul McCartney, The Beatles Anthology