An unexpected pairing: coronavirus and folk horror revival

We are all quite tired of reading about the damned virus everywhere, but let me take you on the strangely pleasurable journey that so many have found themselves into — including myself — because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Screenshot from Folk Horror Magpie’s Instagram link.
Screenshot from Folk Horror Magpie’s Instagram link.
Folk Horror Magpie. In order: Midsommar mouse (Mousommar), Shaman, Widow and Mandrake. A few among many wonders, all of them sold out — for now, hopefully.
“Midsommar” (2019). Acclaimed folk horror film, showing the elements of the genre: the beautiful, bright and tranquil countryside, a detached rural community with “uncivilised” and violent traditions, and foreign visitors with uncertain fates. Picture from Screen Rant.
Contemporary Druids in Britain, celebrating the summer solstice. From The Telegraph.
Contemporary Druids in Britain, celebrating the summer solstice. From The Telegraph.
Contemporary Druids in Britain, celebrating the summer solstice. From The Telegraph.
Gerald Gardner, Wicca founder. Picture taken from Pagan Pages.
Psychedelic Baphomet, sourced from Pinterest.
Psychedelic Baphomet, sourced from Pinterest.
Psychedelic Baphomet, sourced from Pinterest.
“The Wicker Man” (1973). Picture from The Quietus. One of the three genre-defining movies, together with “Witchfinder General” (1968) and “Blood on Satan’s Claw” (1970), a.k.a. the “Unholy Trinity”.
Picture taken from print, Hellebore zine, issue 1 (Samhain 2019). Art direction by Nathaniel Hébert
Picture taken from print, Hellebore zine, issue 1 (Samhain 2019). Art direction by Nathaniel Hébert
Picture taken from print, Hellebore zine, issue 1 (Samhain 2019). Art direction by Nathaniel Hébert
Personal “zine” collection, part 1.
Personal “zine” collection, part 1.
Personal “zine” collection, part 1.
Personal “zine” collection, part 2, including titles not mentioned in the text,
Personal “zine” collection, part 2, including titles not mentioned in the text,
Personal “zine” collection, part 2, including titles not mentioned in the text, such as The Occultaria of Albion, Grimoire Sylvanus and The Wulver’s Stane.

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