Cinema poster of Walt Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People (€100-€150), Fonsie Mealy.

Though mostly binned after the final credits have rolled, cinema posters have become valued items for collectors, with some achieving astronomical pri(...)

Vincent Prince  as Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death.

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous,” runs the opening line of Edgar Allan Poe’s spo(...)

 Edgar Allan Poe: spooky coincidence. Photograph: Getty Images

A sharp-eyed Kildare reader writes to suggest that the sub-editor of an Irish Independent GAA story on Monday may have been betraying his or her age. (...)

A supporter of US president Donald Trump outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Monday. Authoritarianism always comes down to the unique, special, indispensable leader who alone can save the nation, and whose whims, desires and gut feelings are its guiding truths. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

“There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure he was n(...)

Margaret Atwood: ‘I’ve often wondered about wartime knitting groups. What were they for, really?’ Photograph: Marta Iwanek/Toronto Star via Getty

As the first World War dragged on, volunteer women’s groups of all kinds formed in aid of the troops in the trenches: bandage rolling, preserved foods(...)

The Chantelivre bookshop in the rue de Sèvres has window display of 36 books about hospitals, epidemics and quarantine. Photograph: Tala Skari

“Read!” president Emmanuel Macron exhorted his compatriots when he announced France’s coronavirus lockdown on March 16th. Perhaps only the French cou(...)

Director Richard Stanley: ‘The word unfilmable is like a red rag to a bull for me.’ Photograph: RLJE Films

Richard Stanley is giving a brief and thrillingly anti-colonial history account of his ancestor Sir Henry Morton Stanley – as in “Dr Livingstone, I pr(...)

Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse. Photograph: A24 Pictures

“Doldrums. Doldrums,” warns Willem Dafoe’s salty lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake. “Eviler than the Devil. Boredom makes men to villains.” Following on(...)

Edgar Allan Poe’s pocket watch is for sale at Chriestie’s in New York on June 12th with an estimate of  $80,000- $120,000

Two significant timepieces are featured in upcoming auctions this summer. The personal pocket watch owned by mystery writer Edgar Allan Poe, whose fam(...)

Sergio G Sánchez, hitherto best known for writing JA Bayona’s influential horror film The Orphanage, has not moved far from his discomfort zone with h(...)

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