Pippa Goldschmidt – The sound of silence

I’m lying in bed. It’s nearly midnight and I’m trying to get to sleep. The street where I live is normally very quiet (apart from gangs of herring gulls fighting on the roofs) but on this occasion I can hear a lorry outside my house. It has its engine running but it doesn’t drive off, … Continue reading Pippa Goldschmidt – The sound of silence

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Ed Cohen – Uncanny healing

… of all the objects treated by medical thought, healing is the one that doctors have considered least often. Georges Canguilhem One must not forget, it is not the doctor but the patient who reaches the end of the illness.  The sick person cures himself using his own power, just as he walks, eats, thinks, … Continue reading Ed Cohen – Uncanny healing

Sarah Stewart – ‘Migraine’ (work-in-progress)

Migraine Daggers at my eyes. Not daggers, not sharp stabs. Rather skewers, the kind that pierce cooked lamb – skewers of pain, interrupting a deeper, more consistent vice-like grip. Not a grip, not like a claw. A containment. A clutch. A soupy embrace, overfamiliar, leeching over eye       ear        jaw      neck     shoulder This is not the worst part. This is … Continue reading Sarah Stewart – ‘Migraine’ (work-in-progress)

Jane Alexander – On writing uncanny short fiction

For the past few years I’ve been deeply immersed in all things uncanny; in March of this year I completed a doctoral research project into a contemporary, technological uncanny, a creative writing PhD that explored how uncanny short fiction can illuminate and interrogate contemporary experiences of science and technology. My research took the form of … Continue reading Jane Alexander – On writing uncanny short fiction

Sara Wasson – The Uncanny as Secret Script, and the Uncanny and the Social

[My discussion below is partially excerpted from Chapter 5 of my book Urban Gothic of the Second World War]  Many people have observed that Freud’s essay on the uncanny is itself a kind of uncanny short story, as well as itself a form of literary criticism on E. T. A. Hoffman’s short story “The Sandman” … Continue reading Sara Wasson – The Uncanny as Secret Script, and the Uncanny and the Social

The Kist Bride – An uncanny new Border ballad

The Kist Bride (Abbotsford) – An uncanny new Border ballad 'The Kist Bride' is a song commissioned for Borders Heritage Festival/Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Composer: Suzanne Parry John. Lyricist: Jules Horne.  At Sir Walter Scott’s house in the Borders, Abbotsford, there’s an oak chest (kist) in the hall. The story is that a young bride was … Continue reading The Kist Bride – An uncanny new Border ballad