Should parents embrace horror films for their children or keep them locked in the dark?

Article by Tyler Turner.

My Horror blog has been gathering dust over the start of this year, but I’m back with some fresh ideas and topics that demand to be discussed.

In my latest article, I explain why I think that exposure to Horror films from an earlier age might actually be very beneficial for a child’s development. See if you agree.

via Should parents embrace horror films for their children or keep them locked in the dark? — themausoleumscriptures

Synths: Futuristic escapism or relic of the past?

Incase you aren’t already aware, I’ve started a separate blog dedicated entirely to music.

Aiming for Extinction is blunt, hypercritical and fiercely passionate. It’s about regurgitating all the music we have crammed down our throats, both past and present (maybe even future), and re-analysing the undigested nuggets.

Check out my most recent post exploring the reasons behind the creation and the rebirth of my beloved Synthpop.

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Fresh Finds: Winter Edition

This is my final Fresh Finds instalment of 2016, and what a year it has been! Since my summer edition I have made tonnes of great new discoveries, so I’ve narrowed my list down to the most significant finds. All the artists listed below are bound to be massive in 2017, so be sure to check them out! You will not regret it.

Creeper 

I am struggling to actually express my feelings towards Creeper in writing as no words will suffice to convey my sheer adoration. They are certainly doing well to fill the Fearless Vampire Killers shaped void that has scarred my life for the past few months. Everything about them appeals to every aspect of my being; the music, the image, the lyrical density. I was drawn in by the story  and stayed for everything else.

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Out of all the artists on my list, I have known of them the shortest, yet they have without a doubt had the biggest impact on me. The fans are incredible – I haven’t felt this at home within a fan base since FVK – and reading the mind-blowing theories is all part of the Creeper Cult experience. The depth of the band and their work is definitely reminiscent of My Chemical Romance – as many have pointed out – yet they are a band completely in their own right. I am immensely excited to see them for the first time in Cardiff next year.

Pretty Vicious 

Pretty Vicious rightfully stand alongside Creeper at the very top of my list as I already regard them as one of my absolute favourite bands (which is quite an achievement). It’s no surprise then that they hail from Wales, as the majority of my favourite bands do.

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I can’t remember the exact moment I discovered them – I’m pretty sure I had read something about them a while before I listened – but I definitely know the first track I heard was Cave Song. It’s impossible to listen to Cave Song and not instantly fall head over heels. There was no acquiring of taste; the infatuation was instantaneous, as was the case with every song.

The Sherlocks 

Like Pretty Vicious, I actually discovered The Sherlocks back in the summer, so I’ve been a fan for quite some time. Bran Cook (the drummer) followed me on twitter which prompted me to look into them and I wasn’t disappointed.

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I was lucky enough to catch them at Leeds festival; the atmosphere was amazing. You definitely got the impression that you were experiencing the start of something massive. I can’t believe how much they have blown up during the short space of time I have been a fan, but they certainly deserve it.

Chistine and the Queens 

I believe it was within the pages of Q Magazine that I first became actively aware of Christine and the Queens. Drawn in by image and backstory, I immediately turned to YouTube and listened to Tilted for what I thought was going to be the first time – turns out I already knew it. It’s one of those songs that, despite being relatively new, feels as though it has been around forever.

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Back when the single was receiving tonnes of airplay, I remember not being too enthralled. Context can be extremely important when it comes to music, at least that’s the case with me. I often find myself enjoying music that might have gone completely over my head had I have not done my research before hand.

 

2016 Literature Review

2016 was my first year out of education, yet I honestly feel as though I’ve learned so much more this year than any other, mainly thanks to the large doses of literature I have consumed throughout the last twelve months.

In total, I’ve completed 50 books this year and have many more on the go, so it’s just not possible for me to review them all individually. Instead, I have split them into the most important categories and offered a few comments on each, as well as listing my other equally ranking favourites at the bottom.

Overall, I have named twenty-three of what I believe to be the most important/best books I have read. It is imperative that you add them to your reading list for 2017.

 

Music: Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers) – Simon Price 

Having read five books on the Manic Street Preachers, five on Punk/Post-Punk, two on Britpop and one on Grunge (all of which were brilliant) I unsurprisingly found it difficult choosing a favourite from the pile. However, the Manics have been my biggest obsession for almost two years now. Through them, I have been introduced to a lot of the literature that I cherish now (some of the books I found through them have even made this list – see ‘Philosophy’, ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘Honourable Mentions’).

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Simon Price is, without a doubt, one of my favourite personalities in music journalism – he is one of the main inspirations behind my career aspirations – so having him tell me the story of my favourite band from his own perspective with personal experiences and encounters is pretty special. It is definitely a book I will be returning to in 2017.

Horror: ‘Salem’s Lot – Stephen King 

Horror has been the genre I have loved the longest and I’ve been a HUGE King fan for forever, so I’m ashamed to say that I only read ‘Salem’s Lot for the first time this year.

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Vampires are my favourite mythical creatures, yet the imagery is so vivid that it still managed to give me nightmares! It left me itching to pen my own vampire novel.

Philosophy: The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus

Albert Camus and Søren Kierkegaard have been my two focus philosophers over the last year and, while Kierkegaard is extremely fascinating, I feel like my own philosophy is better reflected by Camus’ writings.

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I really enjoyed Camus’ novels too, but I feel that The Myth of Sisyphus is the perfect summary-of-my-own-philosophy essay.

History: The War Behind The Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War 1914-1918 – John Lewis Stempel 

To those who know me well, it will come as no surprise that the bulk of my historical readings was made up by world war one literature, with some Welsh history and Suffragette books chucked in.

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The War Behind The War is highly factual piece of writing which offers insight into a section of the war that is often overlooked. Sometimes, books that are so packed with facts can feel like a bit of a chore to read, but that wasn’t the case with this book. It was highly readable, informative and empathetic.

Politics: The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It – Owen Jones

Without a doubt, the most captivating piece of political writing I have read this year is Owen Jones’ The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It.

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I had the pleasure of listening to Jones speak with Andy Parsons at Leeds Festival this year whilst most people were nursing hangovers or drowning in mud. He constantly motivates me to do more politically and The Establishment stoked the flames that had already been ignited within me. It is a passionately critical and angrily sophisticated piece of work. Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class is up next on my reading list.

Book of the Year: Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev 

I read Novel With Cocaine right back at the start of the year, but it has been at the top of my mind ever since. Not only is it a deliciously obscure read, the context in which the novel was penned and the mystery surrounding the identity of the author makes it an even more tantalising story.

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It is a controversial novel, not without its criticisms. Vladimir Nabokov – rumoured author of Novel With Cocaine and writer of his own fair share of controversial novels (Lolita is on my list for 2017) – even described it as ‘decadent’ and ‘disgusting’ – though in my view, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it makes it all the more thrilling.

Honourable Mentions

  • The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
  • Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
  • The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Stranger – Albert Camus
  • The Fall – Albert Camus
  • Fear and Trembling – Søren Kierkegaard
  • Junky – William S. Burroughs
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century – Greil Marcus
  • Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  • Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock – John Harris
  • Rip It Up and Start Again – Simon Reynolds
  • Anger is an Energy – John Lydon
  • Stephen Fry – The Liar
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson

My Darling Mother


A little poem in honour of Remembrance Sunday,  based on a letter from Wilfred Owen to his mother. This was actually supposed to be my sister’s homework but I got a bit carried away when I was ‘helping’ her.   

My darling mother laboured to create a man,

But from this world, an angel will depart, 

Donning a smile, with nerves in perfect order, 

Prepared to rejoice in song with the larks. 

Crimson christens the shoulder blades where wings will form, 

My earthly functions are lost to the mud, 

Shroud me with prayers; in darkness I will ascend, 

Wearing a military cross, crusted with blood. 

By Tyler Turner 

Fighting Fascism: Discussion not Censorship 

Post by Tyler Turner. 

The BBC’s decision to air a pre-recorded interview with Marine Le Pen – the leader of the French National Front – on the Andrew Marr Show this morning has unsurprising proved to be a controversial one. 

Given that it is Remembrance Sunday – a day dedicated to the mourning of the lives lost in the fight against fascism – many have taken offence and consider the interview to be granting fascists an undeserved platform. 

Perhaps the timing was a little off – in many ways the discontent of the left is perfectly justified – but given the current political climate in the wake of Brexit and the Trump victory, we have to face the prospects of people with political stances like that of Marine Le Pen being successful elsewhere.  

Personally, I do not think the interview legitimises fascism – it faces it head on. We as people have a right to know what we are up against and censorship will not benefit anyone except the very people it aims to silence. Discussion is an imperative weapon in this battle since it is a lack of communication that has enable such nightmarish scenarios to become realities. 

If anything, these circumstances are good in that they give us a clear common enemy. Now, instead of succumbing to despair and exasperating internal conflicts, the left needs to stand in solidarity and push back against the fascist threat.  

New Music From Frank Iero

‘Ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero certainly has been busy lately, with the release of Death Spells‘ phenomenal debut album ‘Nothing Above, Nothing Below’ (July 29, 2016) and the seemingly endless touring. Yet, amazingly, Iero has somehow managed to find the time to squeeze in yet another musical release before the year is through.’

Check out my latest GIGsoup contribution ‘Frank Iero and the Patience’ announce ‘Parachutes’ album

More of my work with GIGsoup can be found here.

From Glamping to Trench Warfare: A Brief Summer Summary

It’s back to normality for me today after a summer of exploration, character-building experiences and very limited internet access (AKA my very valid excuse for a feeble lack of posts).

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Since its beginning in a family-friendly campsite in the Derbyshire Dales to its demise in the war-torn fields of Leeds Festival, this summer has consisted of flitting between the East Anglian coast, Mancunian record stores and a good mate’s house in Staveley. There have been weddings attended, new tattoos/piercings acquired and large doses of literature consumed.

 

Books of my summer:

  • Owen Jones, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It.  
  • George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia. 
  • J.D. Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye.
  • Stephen Fry, The Liar.
  • Pat Barker, Noonday.
  • Jon E. Lewis, The War Behind The Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War 1914-18.
  • Gerald Giddon, VCs of the First World War: Somme 1916.  
  • Greg King and Sue Woolmans, The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World. 
  • Anton Rippon, How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On: On the Home Front. 
  • James Dashner, The Death Cure.

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Despite having narrowly dodged being peed and thrown up on, barely surviving the weather and leaving with a lovely little cold – I feel like I have left Leeds with some very valuable experience.

Five festival life lessons:

  • Wellies ARE essential and should be worn at all times – even when festival season is over.
  • Indiscreetly pointing at someone wins you a new friend.
  • Puddles are not suitable pillow substitutes.
  • You are not above bumbags.
  • Small tents test friendships.

 

Overall, the last six weeks have been brilliant, educational and physically and mentally exhausting, yet I feel oddly recharged. Now I’m ready to write, work and campaign furiously throughout this next year before returning to university in 2017.

Some highlights:

  • Interacting with Iain Stirling (the reason my mates and I continued watching CBBC well into our early teens) at Leeds, directly followed by:
  • Listening to Owen Jones chat with Andy Parsons and having him inspire me even further.
  • Eating Kimchi in Manchester and Turkish food in Lowestoft.
  • Spontaneous Tramlines outing.
  • (Cheesy as hell, I know, but) spending time with my family and friends, which is a big deal for an introvert y’know.
  • Getting in the bath after Leeds Fest.
  • Oh, and getting new hamsters.

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