Tag Archives: monsters

Blood is the life

Saameer Pani Sydney, Australia   The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Giovanni di Paolo. 1455/60. The Art Institute of Chicago. Vampire—the  very  word  itself  conjures  up  images  of  supernatural  creatures  who  look  not  unlike  you  and  me,  prowl  about  at  night, prey on unsuspecting souls, and sink their fangs into innumerable, hapless victims to […]

A proliferation of monsters: art of the weird as expressions of anxiety in Britain and Japan

Steve Wheeler Greenwich, London, England   Fig 1. William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plate 20; 1790 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge The human fascination with fear of the unknown has been documented in art and literature across civilization for centuries. In every culture, this has manifested itself in the form of creatures as […]

Graphic medicine

Ian Williams Wales, United Kingdom   Mom’s cancer by Brian Fies Introduction In case you have not noticed, graphic novels have been cropping up in literary reviews that would have previously been the reserve of prose. Thanks to the UK broadsheet newspapers, which have been championing the graphic form for a good 10 years or […]