Harry Potter: A History of Magic


It is 20 years since JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe. But Rowling's fantastical creation wasn't entirely make-believe.

Study of a mandrake by Jim Kay, 2016

In the run up to the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, JK Rowling ventures behind the scenes of the British Library, revealing the real-life counterparts to her fantastical world. From shrieking mandrakes and Elizabethan invisibility spells to the mystery of ancient Chinese oracle bones and the real life search for the Philosopher's Stone, it is the start of a warm, playful and inventive journey round some of the most magical places in the land - from wizarding wandmakers in the English forest to the beguiling witchcraft of Boscastle, Cornwall.

R. Abrahami Eleazaris Chymisches Werck (Erfurt, 1735)

The film features readings by actors from the Harry Potter films, including David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margolyes and Mark Williams, while Rowling's illustrator Jim Kay illuminates her imaginary world. Narrated by Imelda Staunton.

“A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick”. 1737 - 1739


The immersive exhibition, which runs now through February (and will travel to the New-York Historical Society in October 2018)


Happy Halloween!


Here are some wonderful cult classic movies in Sci-fi and Horror. Be safe, don't watch them all in the dark... Alone.


House 1977


Baskin 2015


Raw Meat 1973


Repulsion 1965


Vampyr 1932

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Check out this trailer for a stop motion film called Junk Head.

Here's a cool new stop motion film produced by artist Yamiken.

In the distant future, humanity is hurtling down a path of ruin. Global environmental destruction caused by chemical contamination, radioactive fallout, and UV rays coming through the patchy ozone layer has lead to deterioration of the human genome. In an attempt at escape, humans expanded their sphere of daily existence underground, but they were decimated by an ancient virus that had been sealed there. However, by developing gene recombination technology using the virus’s genes, mankind was able to attain a lifespan that could be called “immortal.”

The human body became inorganic at the molecular level. No breathing or blood circulation was necessary; as long as a faint electric stimulation was present, even existence as a disembodied head was possible. (It was popular to change one’s body as fashion, and bodies that were no longer needed were fitted with AI heads and sold as laborers.)


However, mankind’s new atomic structure was unstable, so once every 10 years it had to be reconstructed. As long as that reset was accomplished, humans could expect “eternal” life, but in exchange, they lost the ability to reproduce. In order to maintain their dwindling workforce, they started to create new beings patterned after humans using cloning technology, but the clones rebelled.

At the end of a long war, a ceasefire was reached that has now lasted 1,200 years, with the two sides living separately_the humans on the surface and the clones below ground. (However, at the border there are incessant skirmishes, and this story’s protagonist is unable to evade one of these attacks.) MORE...


The Dark Crystal Fantasy Movie Classic


If you ever have a chance to watch The Dark Crystal, it's quite a masterpiece of fantasy, puppetry and animation. Check out a couple of pages from a new book that was just released, and the trailer at the bottom.







My Inktober Art Entries

It's Inktober again and here are my art entries.


If you haven't heard of Inktober read on. This is an artist motivation site created by Jake Parker to get artists to ink a drawing everyday for one month. This is probably my third year doing this and I just realized that I haven't really posted my entries this year for this little game. The above graphic is from his website and he typically lays out a theme for each day. Some artists follow this and others don't. Below are my entries this year. I will update this list daily until October is no more. Newest art at the top. Come on back and check it out.

31. Mask

30. Found

29. United

28. Fall

27. Climb

26. Squeak

25. Ship

24. Blind

23. Juicy

22. Trail

21. Furious

20. Deep

19. Cloud in color

19. Cloud

18. Filthy

18. Filthy in color

17. Graceful


16. Fat


15. Mysterious

14. Fierce

13. Teeming

12. Shattered

11. Run

10. Gigantic

10. Gigantic in color

9. Screech

9. Screech in color

8. Crooked

8. Crooked in color

7. Shy

6. Sword

5. Long

4. Underwater

3. Poison

2. Divided

1. Swift

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