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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. unnoun
    February 5, 2015 @ 3:21 am

    Not even Morgoth?


  2. Aylwin
    February 5, 2015 @ 4:25 am



  3. Daibhid C
    February 5, 2015 @ 8:48 am

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  4. Daibhid C
    February 5, 2015 @ 8:50 am

    An interesting insight into Blyton comes from an interview which I assume was on the BBC before they had this policy, and which I heard on the archive section of the Radio 4 panel game The Write Stuff. The Joyce Grenfell monologue "Writer of Children's Books" ("I never rewrite, and I never read what I've written") is just barely an exaggeration of it.


  5. BerserkRL
    February 5, 2015 @ 9:32 am

    I assume this is Aslan's origin story.


  6. Prandeamus
    February 5, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    Read back the quote about the fat lion but imagine Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor saying it.


  7. Prandeamus
    February 5, 2015 @ 9:47 am

    To be fair to Blyton, the Faraway Tree stories are for younger readers than say the Secret Seven or Famous Five stories. And why do we praise Terrance Dicks for writing ruthlessly efficient prose and making a vital contribution to child children's literacy when Blyton has surely a stronger claim?


  8. Nyq Only
    February 5, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    Because we read Target novelisations as children so we wouldn't have to read the Famous Five? 🙂


  9. BerserkRL
    February 5, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

    Wasn't "None more goth" what the Scarlet Witch said when she inaugurated the House of G?


  10. Daru
    February 11, 2015 @ 5:14 am

    Great stuff Phil. I haven't been able to catch up with reading on the Last War, but now that the Eruditiorum is done I will certainly be going back and catching up with posts (I have ordered Book 1 via Kickstarter anyway) and look forwards to reading more here.


  11. Daru
    February 13, 2015 @ 6:06 am

    Love the textual link made between Enid Blyton and HP Lovecraft – brilliant!


  12. Daibhid C
    February 14, 2015 @ 8:26 am

    Oh, sure I used to like the Seven and Five, but as far as her work for younger readers goes, well, I'm not sure I was ever young enough for them. And I was still watching Sesame Street in my teens.

    But even the books I liked came across as, well, very formulaic, and I wasn't at all surprised to learn she had a mildly cynical attitude to them. And she would never have come up with the opening sentence "Through the ruin of a city stalked a ruin of a man".


  13. Daru
    February 17, 2015 @ 3:23 am

    That's what I love this blog for – where else could you find intersections between The Hunger, Enid Blyton, HP Lovecraft, Bauhaus and their song Bela Lugosi's Dead? Wow.

    As I said previously, Bela Lugosi's Dead and Bauhaus were a major soundtrack of my college years and after. Reminds me of wonderful days in Edinburgh's underground blagging my way with friends fro free into music gigs posing as music journalists. Heady days!


  14. Eric Gimlin
    March 2, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    Re: the title quote: This is happening later this month at ECCC:

    None More Goth: Kate Leth vs. Kieron Gillen
    Room: Hall D (TCC 302)
    Time: 2:30PM – 4:20PM
    Moderator: JD Boucher
    Kate Leth, Ray Fawkes, Kieron Gillen

    The time has come to settle it once and for all. With the best panel of impartial Goth judges that can be gathered (Drew Rausch, Ray Fawkes, Robert Tritthardt, and Jillian Venters) Kieron and Kate's claim to the title will be put to the test with contests in Gothic knowledge, fashion, and more. Only one can be Most Goth.

    I felt it needed to be mentioned here.


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