Christien Gholson's Blog Entries
Sick of sighing at the namby-pampy vampires and hipster witches in mainstream fiction? Of the supernatural stoically resisting its own evil?
Parthian and The Ghastling magazine decided to take matters into our own hands with a call to arms for some proper gothic fiction.
Fall into the dreamlike realities of absinthe and madness. Meet intoxicating women and mermaids that aren’t as charming as they seem...
Between these pages, blurring the lines of good and evil, the monstrous reality and the monstrous imagine, are gothic stories for modern times.
Here, buildings pursue their own malevolent intents; a grieving father and daughter receive an unexpected and grisly visitor; a man is unravelled by strange symbolism in a twilit park; and a botanist will stop at nothing to safeguard her borders.
Which one will leave you haunted?
Following a very successful launch and sell out at the Dylan in Fitzrovia Festival's Nora Summers exhibition last night, Parthian is offering copies of Dylan Thomas of the Bohemians: The Photographs of Nora Summers, a gorgeous hardback title which features a full biography of the woman behind some of the most famous images of Dylan Thomas, a collection of her images both iconic and rare, and an essay on Dylan and Bohemianism by Thomas expert Jeff Towns, for the reduced price of £20 (usually £25) including P&P (which, as always, is free!).
Click here to buy.
The Nora Summers exhibition runs until October 26th and is open from 11am-5pm. More information can be found here.
The law seems to be very interested in widows and lesbians. Both are hanging on to the edges of society, begging to be recognised...
It’s the end of a millennium. India has made tremendous progress in science and technology, but in these times of economic boom can a friendship between two women give them the power to defy society, and law, to reach for their dreams?
Dipali, a young bride, is determined to make her marriage a success story. But her plans are cut short when her husband is killed by a bomb blast in Mumbai. Forced into a life of widowhood, her brother expects her to sacrifice her own independence for the sake of caring for her elderly mother but Dipali has other ideas.
Moushumi, a school teacher, discovers that her attraction to women is not just a girl crush. As her parents discuss potential husbands, Moushumi escapes to her high-flying lover. But how long can she keep being a lesbian secret beyond the safe walls of glamorous art crowd parties?
The Slovak Embassy in London was the venue for the launch of Peter Kristufek's The House of the Deaf Man , an odyssey through across Slovakia's twentieth-century history, seen through the eyes of an elderly doctor and his son. It has been translated by Peter Sherwood and Julia Sherwood.
The launch presentation, hosted by the British Slovak Association, was chaired by Zuzana Slobodova and introduced by Ambassador Miroslav Wlachovsky. Welsh actor Fraser Cains read from the English translation of Kristufek's 2012 novel Dom hluchého to an enraptured audience.
Fear not! For those who missed out, you can now order The House of a Deaf Man from the Parthian store by clicking here. And remember, P&P is free.
Nigel Jarrett's debut poetry collection Miners at the Quarry Pool (2013) "should achieve similar levels of acclaim" to his "widely commended" short story collection Funderland (2011), writes Michael Nott in the autumn 2014 issue of New Welsh Review.
Nott finds much to like in the collection, noting that Jarrett's imbuing of his subject matter - which spans global conflict, memory, death, and the evocative tendencies of the photograph, among others - with "his wit and remarkably sustained musical ear", results in a "haunting", "technically interesting", "tautly constructed" and "provocative" selection of verse.
You can buy Miners at the Quarry Pool here.
Read the full review here.