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Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

DREAMCHILD AND VAMPIRES AND HOBBITS, OH MY! - (MINI-)REVIEWING THE MOVIES: SOME THOUGHTS UPON A SELECTION OF RECENTLY-WATCHED FANTASY FILMS

'Orfeo Negro' – Brazilian publicity poster for 'Black Orpheus' (© Marcel Camus/Tupan Filmes/Lopert Pictures)Over Christmas last year and the early part of the New Year, I fulfilled a longsta...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

THE PORCELAIN TOWER OF NANKING - REMEMBERING ONE OF THE LOST WONDERS OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Hand-coloured 19th-Century engraving of the Porcelain Tower of
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

ShukerNature: CREEPY CREATIONS AND CRYPTOZOOLOGY – MONSTROUSLY-A...

ShukerNature: CREEPY CREATIONS AND CRYPTOZOOLOGY – MONSTROUSLY-A...: The Turkish Turn-Eyed Twitter – one of my favourite Creepy Creations (© Kevin Reid/IPC) Unless, like me, you were a...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

ShukerNature: THE BIG GREY MAN OF BEN MACDHUI - BRITAIN'S VERY O...

ShukerNature: THE BIG GREY MAN OF BEN MACDHUI - BRITAIN'S VERY O...: Ben MacDhui’s principal claim to fame is that, at 4296 ft (1309 m), it is the highest mountain in the Cairngorms range an...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

PRESENTING THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT - THE WORLD'S MOST BAFFLING BOOK

Voynich Manuscript, p. 32, depicting unrecognisable plant forms (public domain) NB - please click on each picture in this article (and also in all of my other blog articles) to obtain an en...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

ShukerNature: REMEMBERING MY MOTHER

ShukerNature: REMEMBERING MY MOTHER: Mom, wearing the beautiful protea-decorated coat that she purchased in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2008 (© Dr Karl Shuker)
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS THE SPECKLED BAND AND THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA

My Sherlock Holmes toby jug confronts the Giant Rat of Sumatra! (© Dr Karl Shuker)When I first opened my Eclectarium, I promised that it would include some Sherlockian exhibits, and I am not...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

MY TOP TEN MOST ECCENTRIC FESTIVALS IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND

The straw bear of Whittlesey, 2008 (Kev747/Wikipedia) What do dwyle flunking, goat crowning, straw bears dancing, a village packed full of human-sized faceless scarecrows, and fireball fling...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

WHEN MY GREAT-AUNT SENT A FEATHERED MESSENGER TO SAY GOODBYE

Edith Griffin with her great-nephew, Dr Karl Shuker, aged 7 months (Dr Karl Shuker)Until now, my Eclectarium has remained closed throughout the present year, and this is why. Quite simply, 2...
Eclectarium of Dr Shuker · 1M ago

THE NEPHILIM - A BIBLICAL MYSTERY OF GIANT PROPORTIONS

Like many others of my generation, I first learnt of the term 'Nephilim' via the superb English gothic rock group Fields of the Nephilim, formed in the mid-1980s, but when I began to investi...