DreamSwarm : Place for Supernatural Film, Stories, Art
DreamSwarm celebrates the art and artists of a strange place.
The brainchild and baby of Andy Mark Simpson, it is a place that enjoys the art and feeling of the supernatural, the otherworldly, yet encompasses those works that do not necessarily fit within the popular, more mainstream genre conventions of traditional Horror and Science-Fiction. This is the liminal world of Fae and folklore, myth, magical realism, and urban darkness - where time travel simply is the hum of an electric cable, and fell creatures lurk in the shadows, in still waters.
Where people live.
And die. A world of alternate histories, strange happenings, and t' grey.
I was fortunate enough to have Andy read and enjoy 'Nightjar', and subsequently want to do an interview and podcast with me. In this Podcast we discuss the influence of history and ancient world on my writing, the inspiration I find in folklore, and the circle of life in the world that is. You can find this Podcast in full below; and I have to say its an amazing effort on Andy's part in making my ramblings make a semblance of sense...
And there are interviews with a wide range of artists, creators, academics and aficionados, including:
Folklore - with Icy Sedgewick
Period Horror - with Lucy Rose (Director)
Celtic Myths and Legends with Sian Esther Powell
Folk Horror Revival Group with Darren Charles
Women History - with Melanie Lynch of Herstory, Ireland
Magic Realism - with Andy Berriman (Film-Maker)
Selkies - with Uisdean Murray (Director)
In time, Andy (a writer and filmmaker himself) would like to see DreamSwarm develop into a friendly hub online where audiences can come to seek out these kinds of works, and where creators can share them with an interested community. It is also a space that anyone with an interest in art, writing, film and folklore will find of interest.
Jump on board and support Andy in this endeavour. (Click Image for all things DreamSwarm)
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