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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. SamKeeperFan
    January 27, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    You probably already know, but most of the links are broken due to apparently evernote errors.

    Either way this article is amazing. Sam need to be on a podcast with Jack!


  2. The Flan in the High Castle
    January 27, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

    “But make no mistake, these ritualised threats are backed up with real force.”

    I googled that David Attenborough sample, and it turns out it’s got nothing to do with mandrills – it’s actually from a 1990 documentary, “The Trials of Life: Fighting”, and refers specifically to the way hummingbirds use displays of colour to threaten intruders. At this point, Attenborough places a fake hummingbird in a real hummingbird’s territory so we can watch its cycle of responses – violence, an attempt to mate with the intruder, then more violence. So yeah, we’re kind of in Alan Moore territory already.

    In “Mandrillifesto”, Moore uses this sample of narration as a sort of detached reference to his own face-painted theatrics and the revolutionary spirit that underlies them, but I find it interesting that following the quotation back to its origin reveals it always already happened to be part of a web of deception and media – a dumb creature and its base instincts being manipulated via aesthetics for the amusement and edification of an audience, namely us. Seems oddly relevant.


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