Engraving by Crispijn van de Passe, ca 1605. Guy Fawkes is 3rd from the right.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
To wind up Witch Week, we’re exploring a political fantasy by Diana Wynne Jones appropriate to this day of “gunpowder treason and plot“.
Head over to Calmgrove to read our discussion of Cart & Cwidder. If you’ve read it, please join in.
And remember, remember, the 5th of November!
A late 17th or early 18th-century report of the plot, Wikipedia
Police van entering Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison in April 1955, Glasgow Evening Times (eveningtimes.co.uk)
What’s that police van doing here, you ask?
Well, it’s a subtle reference to the title character in one of Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy novels, whose villain Jean Lee (from Jean Lee’s World) discusses in detail in today’s Witch Week episode. Wheel yourself over to Calmgrove‘s blog and read what Jean has to say.
But beware: don’t let yourself get captured!
Villains in Shakespeare! Of course there are. But ones fantastical? Oh yes.
16th century woodcut
For today’s Witch Week post, marking the half-way point through our celebration, Sari from The View from Sari’s World, gives us a dose of foul misdeeds. Do these evil-doers seem as happy in their work as the fiends in the woodcut above? You be the judge.
Take a ride through Sari’s post over at Calmgrove, and then let us know who your favorite Shakespearean villains are.
Today’s Witch Week post, from my WW2019 co-host, Chris at Calmgrove, is all about the despicable and heinous, the selfish and greedy — the altogether dreadful villains of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles. Whether you know Aiken’s series well, or are just learning about it, you’ll find something fiendishly lupine in Chris’ review.
And then you can join the Ramones and howl at the moon.
Last night I went to bed convinced that I’d skip NaNo this year — with no new ideas and 4 (maybe 5? I’ve lost count) unfinished WIPs, it seemed pointless to start a new one.
But I woke up this morning with a plan: use NaNoWriMo as the prod to get me to work on one of those unfinished WIPs.
So here I am, with laundry in the machine downstairs and a frightening mess of a draft open on my computer for revision, officially announcing that I am participating in my 12th NaNoWriMo. Unlike previous years, I’ve done no pre-cooking or cleaning to prep for this month of madness, and I’ll be traveling during the last week of November (plus there’s Witch Week on now), so my normal crazed and glassy-eyed look will be just that much more magnified.
Enough procrastinating. Time to get back to work.
The Bat-winged Hamburger Snatcher at the Magic Cookie Bush, Dan O’Neill (courtesy ArtieStick.com)
Day 2 of Witch Week, and I’m honored that my review of villains in graphic novels is featured today over at Calmgrove.
And someday I may explain all about the Bat-winged Hamburger Snatcher, who is, alas, NOT included in my Witch Week list of graphic novel villains. There just wasn’t enough room.
On Hallowe’en, 1908, NYPL collection, Image ID: 1587792
Thanks to the bloggers at the NYPL, you can find images of a few great Halloween-themed art cards from the Library’s collection here.
Hallowe’en Greeting, 1917, NYPL collection, Image ID: 1587794