Tintagel in Cornwall is famed for its coastal castle and its mythical links with King Arthur. While the existing castle ruins are unlikely to have anything to do with Arthur, there is no denying the atmosphere and charm of the place. Artist Nicola Clare-Lydon has a shop in Tintagel, and told me that she works in the shop - with the doors open - as much as she can, in order to absorb the surrounding energy, both from Tintagel and from its visitors. It is easy to see why so many others are attracted here Rugged cliffs provide spectacular sunsets, caves beckon you in, and the sea breathes rhythmically around you, like a giant, sleeping beast.
What I did see, though, was very interesting, and I will definitely return, perhaps when it is quieter. Here are few photographs to whet your appetites for your own visit.
The link to the landscape in folk horror has been mentioned before by those more knowledgeable about the genre than I. But it is easy to see in such places how a sense of awe, of mislocation and more can contribute to folklore or story. Alan Garner's literary works, for example, have shown a strong sense of location - Mow Cop, Alderley Edge and other such places steeped in presence are the intransigents around which people and their perceptions must bend. And after all, these places will still be there long after we are gone...
Next week marks the final part of my folk-horror blogs, and I will be reporting back on the Wild Hunt Samhain parade, held in Glastonbury on 29 Sat. And we'll also be hosting a special Wild Hunt themed GASP radio show after the parade on Midlands Metalheads web-radio station.