Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. It may be altered or tailored to the customs, tastes, or usage of an individual purchaser.

Origin: The word “bespoke” is derived from the verb “to bespeak”, meaning to “speak for something”. The particular meaning of the verb form is first cited from 1583 and given in the Oxford English Dictionary: “to speak for, to arrange for, engage beforehand: to ‘order’ (goods)”. The adjective “bespoken” means “ordered, commissioned, arranged for” and is first cited from 1607.

Read the rest of this entry »


Frau Gaubenslosher was strongly suspected of witchcraft. […] And it must be confessed appearances were against the Frau. In the first place, she lived quite alone in a forest. This was suspicious.

Ambrose Bierce The fowl Witch –

Read the rest of this entry »

Like slithers of a Fallen Moon

Lightlessness. Each man’s hands clutch
at spears and amulets. My own
fill with hacksilver, its small grey fragments
like slithers of a fallen moon

– Laura Webb – Coda, from An Anthology of responses to Skaldic poetry

Read the rest of this entry »

A tyrant Spell has bound me

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me,
And I cannot, cannot go.


Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing drear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.

Emily Brontë The night is darkening around me –

Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret of the Sea

I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;
Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The secret of the Sea –

Read the rest of this entry »

A Storm of Swords

Soon comes the cold, and the night that never ends.

George R.R. Martin A Storm of Swords –

Read the rest of this entry »

The Gray turns Gold

There is a woodland witch who lies […]
The dragon-flies, brass-bright and blue,
Are signs she works her sorcery through;
Weird, wizard characters she weaves
Her spells with under forest leaves
The fancies that she doth devise
Take on the forms of butterflies
Till, where the wood is very lone,
Vague monotone meets monotone
There is no mortal who may scorn
The witchery she spreads around
Her din demesne, wherein is bound
The beauty of abandoned time,
As some sweet thought ‘twixt rhyme and rhyme.
And through her spells you shall behold
The blue turn gray, the gray turn gold
Of hollow heaven; and the brown
Of twilight vistas twinkled down

Madison Cawein – The Wood Witch –

Read the rest of this entry »

Dracula’s Guest

She told me that she did not like the idea of your being in that house all by yourself, and that she thought you took too much strong tea. In fact she wants me to advise you if possible to give up the tea and the very late hours.

– Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Tales –

Read the rest of this entry »

Hammer House of Vials

The friendly folks at Hammer Films Ltd., the British specialists in horror flicks, have this thing about tiny glass vials. They’ll use a vial or two in almost every movie they make. Sometimes they have crystal vials, but mostly just your ordinary glass vial.
The vials are handy for storing dehydrated blood from Count Dracula, who left so much blood behind him when he died that, alive, he would have been a godsend to the blood bank, had his blood not been overrun with vampire germs.

– Roger Ebert – I hated, hated, hated that movie (Dracula A. D. 1972) –

Read the rest of this entry »

Black Planet

In the western sky – My kingdom come

So still, so dark all over Europe
And I ride down the highway 101
By the side of the ocean headed for sunset
For the kingdom come

For the black – black planet
Black – black world
Black – black planet
Black – black world

Run around in the radiation
Run around in the acid rain
On a black – black planet

Black planet hanging over the highway
Out of my mind’s eye
Out of the memory
Black world out of my mind


– Sisters of Mercy – Black Planet –

Read the rest of this entry »