LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – ON DEATH & MODERN WITCHES
In the cult 1992 film ‘Death Becomes Her’ an exasperated Bruce Willis tells his wife Meryl Streep: “You’re a violation of every natural law that I know.” A hyperbolic love declaration this was not. He meant it quite literally. Streep drank an eternal youth potion and became a creature of the living-dead. The odd thing was, she’d never been happier and she’d never looked better. Sure, she was technically dead, but what’s that in the grand scheme of a happy life?
Inspired by the dark humour undertones of the film, The Culture Edit x Death Becomes Her explores themes around the humour and glamour of the gothic in its many guises.
We couldn’t think of anyone better to get us off to an alluring start than our guest curator of dreams (and nightmares) Morticia Addams. Be charmed, and a little afraid. Speaking of charm, if your interest lies in casting spells and invoking ghosts, you’ll want to read how Sabat Magazine curates the art of being a contemporary witch.
For a less supernatural version of the dead and the living in conversation, we suggest you read the true story of a writer who finds a mysterious book with an inscription from 1921. Its original owner is long deceased, and the author can’t read the book. Read on to find out what happens next. It’s all quite poetic, really. Which reminds us of a special piece, where Delhi-based poet Akhil Katyal reads his verses on lost love and grandparents bygone. For a longer read we’ve published the original Russian fiction series Guilt & Forgiveness by Maureen Pritchard. There’s murder in the air and a story that will have you glued to your screen.
Keeping up with Pritchard’s Russian setting, we’ve selected some Russian books to read surrounding death and tragedy – all for the sake of an Eastern literary adventure. But if you’re rather more interested in dark vibes out West, we’ve got you a ticket to the USA for some Southern Gothic.
Go read about what lies beneath the surface. Even further South, we couldn’t pass up on a visit to Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, a celebration that has us all feeling a little undead. So go on reader, enter if you dare…