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Writer of dark fantasy & Gothic horror. Blogger of weird myths and folklore.

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 25, 2016 ★ Featured

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roman gods

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 28, 2016

Roman gods in Newcastle upon Tyne: Neptune and Oceanus

Since Newcastle upon Tyne sits on an ancient site of human occupation, it’s hardly surprising that offerings to Roman gods can be found among its archaeology. I spotted these altars in the Great North Museum at Hancock and decided to delve further into two of the Roman gods of Pons Aelius. These two altars were actually found…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 25, 2016

How can authors use Evernote for writing?

Ask any writer what they use to write and you’ll probably get as many answers as you do writers. Scrivener, yWriter, notebook and pen, napkin and pen, chalkboard, typewriter, Write or Die, Word… There are a dizzying array of programs or tools available to any writer. It’s usually a case of trial and error to find…

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premature burial

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 21, 2016

Premature Burial: Lived Once, Buried Twice

Fear of premature burial reaches that primal part in all of us that Sigmund Freud surveyed in his 1919 essay, ‘The Uncanny’. Edgar Allan Poe explored the horrors of premature burial in his 1844 story, ‘The Premature Burial’. Stephen King even skirted the edges of the fear with his short story, ‘Autopsy Room Four’. In it,…

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cemetery superstitions

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 14, 2016

Cemetery superstitions: How to avoid bad luck in a graveyard

Cemeteries are either fascinating monuments to social history, or eerie gardens populated by the dead. The decline in the popularity of burial and the relocation of post-death practices to undertakers rather than families has created an aura of mystery around death, particularly nowadays. Cemetery superstitions still hold sway, even now. But earlier eras had a different…

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awful first drafts

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 11, 2016

Awful first drafts are not the end of the world

Awful first drafts probably make up the bulk of the tweets I see about writing. If you’re reading this, then many of your contacts are probably writers. They’ve been through this too. Hell, maybe you’ve been through it! Maybe you’ve written something and thought “this is abysmal, who will want to read it?” And I…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 7, 2016

Changelings: Friend or Foe?

Changelings occupy quite a prominent role in folklore, and I thought I’d turn my focus to them in this post. Any Google search will throw up different folklore for different nationalities, but for the purposes of space, I’m sticking to the UK. Changelings are beings left behind to replace stolen children. Humans blamed both faeries and trolls for stealing…

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generate ideas

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 4, 2016

How to use where you live to generate ideas

It was the 146th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens this year. While much has been written about his life and work, we can still learn a lot from his methods! His depiction of a supposedly-fictional London was so realistic because he drew from how people lived and worked in Victorian society. Some of this he…

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drake's drum

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 30, 2016

Drake’s Drum: A Hero Slumbers Awaiting His Call

English folklore is crammed with variations on the ‘king in the mountain’ story. In these tales, legendary heroes sleep away the centuries in some remote or hidden place. There’s a version of the Arthurian legends that claims Arthur and his court lie suspended in time beneath Sewingshields Castle. But all of the stories agree that the…

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write what you know

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 27, 2016

How do you “Write What You Know”?

If you’ve ever read anything about writing, chances are that you’ll have been advised to write what you know. It’s at this point that some writers will throw up their hands and declare that nothing interesting ever happens to them, so what can they possibly write about? It can also lead you into dangerous territory…

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