Culture Literature

The most influential horror writer you’ve never heard of: Introducing H.P. Lovecraft

CW: racism, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft In March 1937, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was nearing the end of his days. Solitary and impoverished, he subsisted on expired tins of food, having […]


Meet Edinburgh’s alien-hunting professor

He’s a serious scientist: a professor, who give lectures dressed as an alien. He’s lived in the most extreme places on earth, the driest and the coldest, to study how life might flourish on other planets. Lately he’s pitched into the debate on claims that the discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’ scorching, acid atmosphere […]

Film Reviews

Alien: Covenant

It would be fair to say that 2013’s Prometheus failed to answer most of the questions which have been bugging fans of Alien since the very beginning. This meant that there was a lot riding on Alien: Covenant, which from the beginning has been billed as a more direct feed into the original franchise. Little […]


Bursting Back onto the Big Screen: The return of sci-fi horror

“In space, no-one can hear you scream.” That terrifying line, from the original poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien thirty seven years ago, remains one of the greatest tag lines from any movie poster. It set the tone for one of the scariest and greatest ventures into science fiction, followed up by James Cameron’s equally impressive […]