Monday, 4 March 2013
More from the escapist world of Methuen phonic blends. It was imperative that 70s and 80s children learned prison slang. One teenager was injured in the making of this book (this image also features in the 'Ri-' volume, under 'rite'). Saint Jenny, patron saint of Rollerboogie, who was crucified on a giant radiator at Humberside Ice Arena. This picture kind of sums up why I like these books so much. Somewhat inevitably, more to follow ...
Sunday, 3 March 2013
These friendly books were made to teach youngsters the basics of phonics, with key words accompanied by cheerful and colourful pictures. Some examples: The rhyme at the end was rejected by Paul Giovanni for inclusion on The Wicker Man OST for being 'too disturbing'. More soon!
Monday, 24 December 2012
It's been a while folks, but work and other things have limited my time online (which is probably a good thing to be honest). So next year I'm going to make a special effort to do a little bit more for your perusal. Anyway, I'm off to the sticks for Christmas now. Have an inert and lethargic Christmas day, and a New Year and all that. And don't open anything tonight, it isn't Christmas yet.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The light is dimming outside and the leaves are dancing in the street, excited at what will come when night falls. Yes, it's the between channels Halloween post and served up on a bed of death and worms is a series of plates from Hamlyn's 1980 anthology 'Echoes of Terror'. Unlike many of these volumes it was published as an A4 hardback with copious gruesome illustrations. Fittingly, someone has been at this copy with a knife so when I bought it everything tumbled onto the floor like, er, a sailor's guts. I'm not sure which illustration goes with which story - perhaps you can guess! - and as a result am unsure as to which illustrator penned which picture. Let's just give a severed hand to Les Edwards, Gordon Crabb, Jim Burns, Terry Oakes, Stuart Hughes, Peter Goodfellow, Bob Fowke and George Smith. Now let's peep through the crooked bits of wood I hammered over the window, enjoy a hedge-meal of rat and henbane and try to figure out what those lights bobbing in the field really are...
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Hello there. I've been hunting around for things, and recently bought a small photo album.