Brazen heads were all-knowing mechanical devices supposedly endowed with the ability to answer any question and predict the future.
In the summer of 1816, as skies darkened across the world following a volcanic eruption, a group of Romantic writers gathered in a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and told one another ghost stories.
This isn’t Photoshop.
John Reppion, the editor of Spirits of Place, spoke to Warren Ellis, Damien Williams, and myself about psychogeography and landscape.
My “Spirits of Place” essay on the psychogeography of El Escorial is now available at The Daily Grail.
‘Spirits of Place’ is out now, featuring my essay on hellmouths and cursed Spanish royals.
Throughout history, people have tried to distinguish themselves from the common herd by turning to fashion and cosmetics, even when the results could be bizarre, harmful and even fatal, giving the expression “fashion victim” a literal meaning.