The Halloween Costume – Animation

The Halloween Costume As promised, here is "The Halloween Costume!"  This is the animation I made for the Foundry's Halloween contest.  I made it for the contest, as a personal challenge, and as the first animation for my new YouTube channel. If you like it, please feel free to share it around.  Cheers.
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News and Updates – October 2014

News & Updates -Hello there! I've neglected this site over the past couple of months due to work and personal matters.  What this period has taught me is that, given the nature of my work, etc., I had bitten off more than I could chew by trying at this moment to run weekly columns on the site.  I've also seen ...
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Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part Two

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part Two There is something that has always been a major hindrance to me creatively - the thought that my work will come to have a negative impact upon the world. I strongly believe that it is everyone’s duty to always strive to do no harm, or to strive to have a positive impact. This ...
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News and Updates – September 2014

News & Updates - September 2014This past month has been a very busy one for me, and has had its ups and downs. I’ve learned a fair amount about myself while having had some good ideas come to mind for future projects. I’ve also been very busy with non-writing jobs. Facing new work challenges has been great, and has helped ...
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Uncanny Curiosities: Angler Fish

Uncanny Curiosities Angler Fish I’m fairly certain this ugly beauty would make some people’s lists of things that make them go eww, but I thought I’d feature them here instead. To me, the sheer brilliance of them, coupled with their Uncanny nature, makes them perfect Uncanny Curiosity fodder. I’ll begin with a wee bit of info about them before going ...
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Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part One We are all beset by our own personal demons. In every aspect of life, people have a voice nagging them from the back of their minds. Some suffer this more than others. For some people this is an occasional nag, by a little nagging voice. For others, it is like the lunatics have ...
Chris LawtonCreative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Things That Make You Go Eww: Loiasis

Things That Make You Go Eww Loiasis Before we get started this week I just want to give you all fair warning: this is HORRIBLE. It is likely NSFW, and in truth is pure nightmare fuel. But then, that is the whole point of this series, to investigate the things that keep us up at night, the things that get ...
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News and Updates – August 2014

News & Updates - August 2014Just a short update for the moment. I’m quite pleased with how things are coming on the site. Keeping things running in advance is still taking a bit of adjusting to, but it is going well overall. I’ve made some progress regarding the short story collection I’m working on, and for the moment things are ...
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Uncanny Curiosities: Uncanny Tropes

Uncanny Curiosities Uncanny Tropes This week I thought I would go over the basic Uncanny tropes. These tropes hold a great interest for me, and are a massive driving force behind my work and the things that fascinate me about the world. I’ve written a few in-depth essays on the topic which you can find here, and here. An earlier ...
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The Halloween Costume – Animation

The Halloween Costume As promised, here is "The Halloween Costume!"  This is the animation I made for the Foundry's Halloween contest.  I made it for the contest, as a personal challenge, and as the first animation for my new YouTube channel. If you like it, please feel free to share it around.  Cheers.
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Mandalas – June 2014

I've always found Mandalas to be particularly interesting paintings and images.  The fractal and psychadelic aspects really capture my imagination. These are a selection of Mandala's I have created recently starting from the one initial painting and editing to create the others. You can see the whole paintings by clicking on them.  They were created at a much larger scale ...
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Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part Two

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part Two There is something that has always been a major hindrance to me creatively - the thought that my work will come to have a negative impact upon the world. I strongly believe that it is everyone’s duty to always strive to do no harm, or to strive to have a positive impact. This ...
Chris LawtonCreative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part Two

Uncanny Curiosities: Angler Fish

Uncanny Curiosities Angler Fish I’m fairly certain this ugly beauty would make some people’s lists of things that make them go eww, but I thought I’d feature them here instead. To me, the sheer brilliance of them, coupled with their Uncanny nature, makes them perfect Uncanny Curiosity fodder. I’ll begin with a wee bit of info about them before going ...
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Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part One We are all beset by our own personal demons. In every aspect of life, people have a voice nagging them from the back of their minds. Some suffer this more than others. For some people this is an occasional nag, by a little nagging voice. For others, it is like the lunatics have ...
Chris LawtonCreative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Things That Make You Go Eww: Loiasis

Things That Make You Go Eww Loiasis Before we get started this week I just want to give you all fair warning: this is HORRIBLE. It is likely NSFW, and in truth is pure nightmare fuel. But then, that is the whole point of this series, to investigate the things that keep us up at night, the things that get ...
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Uncanny Curiosities: Uncanny Tropes

Uncanny Curiosities Uncanny Tropes This week I thought I would go over the basic Uncanny tropes. These tropes hold a great interest for me, and are a massive driving force behind my work and the things that fascinate me about the world. I’ve written a few in-depth essays on the topic which you can find here, and here. An earlier ...
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Creative Thoughts: Fearing Your Own Creations

Creative Thoughts Fearing Your Own Creations For years now I have been hindered by varying fears and blocks. I’m going to address one of these here, arguably one of the most important of them as it has kept me from even starting many projects. There are a lot of potential projects that are now lost to black spots of my ...
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Things That Make You Go Eww: Moths

Things That Make You Go Eww Moths Personally, I don’t find these little creatures to be particularly unsettling, however I do know a fair few folk that do. Because of this, I figured they would be great fodder to think about, while remaining a fairly tame introduction to the series. Everyone is afraid of something, so what is it about ...
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Creature Design in Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

I just watched the film Frankenstein’s Army (2013), directed by Richard Raaphorst. A tale of Russian soldiers in WW2 stumbling upon a descendant of the legendary Dr Frankenstein, who is creating an army of human / machine hybrids, FA is definitely worth a look from any fan of the Uncanny.  It creeped me out a few times while watching, becoming ...
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Thoughts on Organisation for Writing

I decided quite some time ago that I really want to get the most out of my life.  I know that, for me, this is going to involve writing.  A LOT of writing.  There have been a few things standing in the way of that, some I can control, some I can't.  However, I have started making a concerted effort ...
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On Empathy – A Response to Maya Goode

I read this post by Maya Goode the other day, and it got me thinking. She writes about empathy as an author, and using her training in Method Acting when writing in order to really get into character to drive her story onward. Discussing a set of deeply troubling scenes she has been working on, Maya talks of being reduced ...
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Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part Two

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part Two There is something that has always been a major hindrance to me creatively - the thought that my work will come to have a negative impact upon the world. I strongly believe that it is everyone’s duty to always strive to do no harm, or to strive to have a positive impact. This ...
Chris LawtonCreative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part Two

Creative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Creative Thoughts Overcoming Personal Demons Part One We are all beset by our own personal demons. In every aspect of life, people have a voice nagging them from the back of their minds. Some suffer this more than others. For some people this is an occasional nag, by a little nagging voice. For others, it is like the lunatics have ...
Chris LawtonCreative Thoughts – Personal Demons Part One

Creative Thoughts: Fearing Your Own Creations

Creative Thoughts Fearing Your Own Creations For years now I have been hindered by varying fears and blocks. I’m going to address one of these here, arguably one of the most important of them as it has kept me from even starting many projects. There are a lot of potential projects that are now lost to black spots of my ...
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Things That Make You Go Eww: Loiasis

Things That Make You Go Eww Loiasis Before we get started this week I just want to give you all fair warning: this is HORRIBLE. It is likely NSFW, and in truth is pure nightmare fuel. But then, that is the whole point of this series, to investigate the things that keep us up at night, the things that get ...
Chris LawtonThings That Make You Go Eww: Loiasis

Things That Make You Go Eww: Moths

Things That Make You Go Eww Moths Personally, I don’t find these little creatures to be particularly unsettling, however I do know a fair few folk that do. Because of this, I figured they would be great fodder to think about, while remaining a fairly tame introduction to the series. Everyone is afraid of something, so what is it about ...
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The MET Collection Online!

Soap Bubbles Jean Siméon Chardin (French, Paris 1699–1779 Paris) This is just a quick post to let everybody know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) has digitized all of its exhibits and put them on-line. This is a tremendous resource for both artists and writers, and also fans of art and history. I could easily get lost for ...
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X-Files Episode – Chinga

So last night I watched the X-Files episode Chinga. I’ve been making my way through the whole thing over the past few weeks and really enjoyed it. I saw quite a bit of it as a kid but wasn’t really that interested at the time - my guess being that I was too young to really get it. Looking back ...
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Dead Island 2 Trailer

The trailer for the next Dead Island game is absolutely fantastic. Gone is the intense emotional atmosphere of the first game’s trailer (which was quite staggering in its own right), instead it is replaced with something comical, light hearted, and gross. The music really works for me, and the graphical quality is outstanding. A lot of people disliked the first ...
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Exciting News!

It’s been a while, but I’m back with some exciting news.  I’m in the process of setting up a shop to sell my artwork, and also various social media sites and an art-specific website to showcase my work.   There is still a way to go yet, but the ball is finally in motion.  The current sites I’m getting off …

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News and Updates – October 2014

News & Updates -Hello there! I've neglected this site over the past couple of months due to work and personal matters.  What this period has taught me is that, given the nature of my work, etc., I had bitten off more than I could chew by trying at this moment to run weekly columns on the site.  I've also seen ...
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News and Updates – September 2014

News & Updates - September 2014This past month has been a very busy one for me, and has had its ups and downs. I’ve learned a fair amount about myself while having had some good ideas come to mind for future projects. I’ve also been very busy with non-writing jobs. Facing new work challenges has been great, and has helped ...
Chris LawtonNews and Updates – September 2014

News and Updates – August 2014

News & Updates - August 2014Just a short update for the moment. I’m quite pleased with how things are coming on the site. Keeping things running in advance is still taking a bit of adjusting to, but it is going well overall. I’ve made some progress regarding the short story collection I’m working on, and for the moment things are ...
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News and Updates – July 2014

News & Updates - July 2014Over the next few weeks I will be working on a lot of content for the website. My intention is to create several article series that should hopefully provide interesting content for readers. At present I have a few things in mind, and hope to bring something new each week. In order to do this ...
Chris LawtonNews and Updates – July 2014

Welcome All – Uncanny Tales is back

Hello everybody, The Uncanny Tales website is finally back up and running properly.  You can find a variety of academic articles on Horror and the Uncanny using the Articles menu at the top of the page.  More buttons will appear over time as content is added to make it easier to find exactly what you want on the site. I …

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Uncanny Curiosities: Angler Fish

Uncanny Curiosities Angler Fish I’m fairly certain this ugly beauty would make some people’s lists of things that make them go eww, but I thought I’d feature them here instead. To me, the sheer brilliance of them, coupled with their Uncanny nature, makes them perfect Uncanny Curiosity fodder. I’ll begin with a wee bit of info about them before going ...
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Uncanny Curiosities: Uncanny Tropes

Uncanny Curiosities Uncanny Tropes This week I thought I would go over the basic Uncanny tropes. These tropes hold a great interest for me, and are a massive driving force behind my work and the things that fascinate me about the world. I’ve written a few in-depth essays on the topic which you can find here, and here. An earlier ...
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