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The Treadwell’s Reading List for The Blood on Satan’s Claw



Here are the books we recommend to supplement your knowledge of this absolute iconic British folk horror classic:


Subtitled A Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror, this book is a whistle-stop tour of eighty-six TV shows and films from around the world that have exemplified the many ways in which folk horror has manifested on our screens. The properties are categorised by themes, beginning with the four unholy classics that cemented folk horror's place in the cultural imagination – Night of the Demon (1957), Witchfinder General (1968), Blood on Satan's Claw (1970) and The Wicker Man (1973). For fans of folk horror, this is an unmissable companion that will also contain plenty of ideas for what to watch next Halloween night...


Herb Lester Associates specialise in beautiful, high-quality themed collectors' maps – such as Scarfolk and the highly popular Occult London – and here they have collaborated with film company Severin Films to create a fold-out guide to some of the most iconic folk horror locations in media, from classic films such as The Wicker Man and Blood on Satan's Claw to television, including a number of Doctor Who episodes.


The term 'Folk Horror' covers a wide and disparate range of themes - from works that use folklore thematically or aesthetically to imbue itself with a sense of the arcane, to works that use folklore themes in tension with modernity, to those works which generate their own folkloric potentials. In Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange, Adam Scovell explores these eruptions of the occult, esoteric and downright uncanny. He delves into the visual outputs of the folk horror genre, examining such classics as The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Wicker Man, the BBC adaptations of the stories of M.R. James and Alan Garner, and Nigel Kneale's Quatermass and the Pit. This book is a must for anyone interested in the intersection between the uncanny , occulture and contemporary media.


This is the inaugural issue of a zine that describes itself as The Feminist Film Zine for Scream Queens of All Genders. Created by a feminist horror film club based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this bold and unapologetic zine explores the many ways in which gender and sexuality are manifested as themes in horror films. This first issue is packed with a variety of features: personal narratives, a look-back on the club's previous event posters, an interview with one of the contributors, a review of the classic 1976 film Carrie, a reading list and a suitably dark playlist of songs.


HELLEBORE is an independent zine dedicated to folk horror and the themes that inspire it: folklore, myth, history, archaeology, psychogeography, and the occult. Delve into a world of witchcraft, ancient rituals, and occult ceremonies. From the ancient stone circles of the Cornish moors to the wealthy manor houses of Hampshire, from the windswept headlands of Northumbria to the golden streets of Oxford, from the turbulent Scottish borderlands to the rugged Causeway Coast, this guide ventures into hundreds of locations with magical links, exploring the works of authors and creators inspired by their strange, numinous beauty; the lives of the occultists, witches, and cunning folk who inhabited them; and the legends that persist.


Continental philosopher Patricia MacCormack's new hotly-debated book explores five key contemporary themes: identity, spirituality, art, death and the apocalypse, and proposes a way forward which combines activism, artistic practice and affirmative ethics so we can compose the human differently, beyond nihilism and post- and trans-humanism and outside human privilege. This work presents MacCormack's revolutionary argument that in this catastrophic era occultism offers a place of respite and transgression, and nowhere does so better than chaos magick; it not only offers solace, but it has the power bring into being a queer chaos world.


This as an academic philosophical anthology of essays questioning our relationship with animals from a variety of perspectives: animal studies, philosophy, queer theory, cultural studies and film and media theory. It will be of particular interest to readers of a scholarly bent who wish to explore ways humans can develop ethical relationships with animals. The work is edited a leading continental philosopher who is a pioneer on the field, a leader of posthuman, transhuman theories of identity. Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy in English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She is a friend of Treadwell's and has lectured at our events.

Cinesexuality - Patricia MacCormack £38.99

Cinesexuality explores the queerness of cinema spectatorship, arguing that cinema spectatorship represents a unique encounter of desire, pleasure and perversion beyond dialectics of subject/object and image/meaning; an extraordinary 'cinesexual' relationship, that encompasses each event of cinema spectatorship in excess of gender, hetero- or homosexuality, encouraging all spectators to challenge traditional notions of what elicits pleasure and constitutes desiring subjectivity. Through a variety of cinematic examples, including abstract film, extreme films and films which present perverse sexuality and corporeal reconfiguration, Cinesexuality encourages a radical shift to spectatorship as itself inherently queer beyond what is watched and who watches. Film as its own form of philosophy invokes spectatorship thought as an ethics of desire. Original, exciting and theoretically sophisticated - focusing on continental philosophy, particularly Guattari, Deleuze, Blanchot, Foucault, Lyotard, Irigaray and Serres - the book will be of interest to scholars and students of queer, gender and feminist studies, film and aesthetics theory, cultural studies, media and communication, post-structural theory and contemporary philosophical thought. (Sadly not available at Treadwell's, but highly recommended by us)

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