My nonfiction tastes vary wildly, except for one general rule: I have no time for puff or fluff. Beyond that, anything providing a deep, complex, or thoughtful analysis of anything pertaining to polytheistic theology, magic, animism, modernism and post-modernism, art, anthropology, folklore, and the intersections thereof, interest me greatly.
Emergence Magazine. “It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are a regenerative space of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality.”
Dark Mountain Journal. “Together, we are walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted. We are tracing the deep cultural roots of the mess the world is in. And we are looking for other stories, ones that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.”
Correspondences Journal. “Correspondences is an international, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the academic study of esotericism. The editors acknowledge that the use of this umbrella term for a widely variant field of alternate scientific and religious ideas is problematic. Correspondences therefore maintains an openness toward varying interpretations of the boundaries of the field of esotericism and encourages submissions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including History, Sociology, Art History, Philosophy, History of Science, Literature, Musicology, and Cultural Studies.”
Folk Horror Revival. “Folk Horror Revival is a self-described ‘gathering place to share and discuss Folk Horror in film, TV, books, art, music, events and other media. We also explore psychogeography, hauntology, folklore, cultural rituals and costume, earth mysteries, archaic history, hauntings, Southern Gothic, ‘landscapism / visionary naturalism & geography’, backwoods, murder ballads, carnivalia, dark psychedelia, wyrd Forteana and other strange edges.’” (There is also an accompanying imprint, but there’s still a lot of material online.)
Rituals & Declarations. “Limited-run (4 issues only), not-for-profit, small-press magazine about the Weird.” (Better jump on this one, the first issue is just now beginning to be shipped out.)
Hellebore. “HELLEBORE is a collection of writings and essays devoted to British folk horror and the themes that inspire it: folklore, myth, history, archaeology, psychogeography, witches, and the occult.”
Weird Walk. “What is Weird Walk? It started as friends walking and will no doubt continue as such. For us, walking is an active engagement with the British landscape and its lore. Amongst other things, come with us to uncover some medieval graffiti, have a chat with writer/ recording artist Justin Hopper, take a trip around Avebury’s Neolithic wonderland, absorb some blackened dungeon synth, and meet a Tudor weird walking inspiration.”
Fiddler’s Green. “Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine was born of a languid afternoon of conversation on a sunny tavern lawn. Taking its name from the pleasant afterlife dreamed into being by sailors, cavalrymen, and other adventurous spirits, Fiddler’s Green gathers friends, good cheer, and a bit of magic to create a better world not someday, but now.”
What have you been reading lately?