troughmakeupThe background image of this blog comes courtesy of the wonderful (and now sadly passed on) Jose Hernandez.

All writing not otherwise attributed belongs to Matt Sampaio-Hackney, the Sir Baron Earwig and proprietor of this blog. I’ve been published in Aickman Studies and am looking to submit pieces to publications like Wormwood and others when I have them ready.

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  1. I have loved your wonderful site for several years now, and have found it a great resource for those supernatural, gothic, symbolist or weird works that I did not already know of! Truly appreciate what you have done with this literature.

    The accompanying art always enhanced your site above many others, and seeing your choices has been a particular pleasure.

    It’s been a while since you’ve posted; would love an update on your readings, travels, what-have-you!

    Many thanks,


    • Thank you very much for the kind comment, among the very nicest I’ve received. This site will probably lie dormant for some time longer. In the future I can foresee adding to it again, but as for now, I have a little too much going on and the same old poor time management I’ve always possessed. I have written a poetry collection which is in need of editing, I am working on an album with a band that formed early this year, and still have to collect wages to pay rent! I’ve read a few things I could have reviewed but the fire was not there. (Michel de Ghelderode’s “Spells” from Wakefield press, is one of these, fyi). I got sucked into the narcotic vortex of poetry, and am still whirling around in it, banging into things, although I did just read a novel and some comics in the last few weeks. I appreciate your coming to this site over the last few years. I hope you will stay subscribed, or whatever other method you have of checking in, but would honestly advise not to expect much for a good awhile. I can’t believe the last I posted was August of last year.

      It is possible that this comment will spur me to make short little posts in the meantime, before a full revival, and they would likely contain art and music and quotations from things I’ve been reading. The sort of stuff more suitable for tumblr, but I don’t feel like packing up the wordpress ship for the foreseeable future.

      Anyway, thanks again.

  2. Dear Sirbaronearwig,

    Thanks for your update. I recently read Ghelderode’s Spells also, would be most interested to see what you think of it, even in a mini-post. But please take care of your life and know that you have fans who will appreciate your work here whenever you turn back to this site!


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