NECROMANCY IN FICTION
A guide to imagined deaths in London with Andy Sharp aka the English Heretic
Sunday 28th October 2018 from 1:00 pm

From Arthur Machen’s Ritual set in Green Park via a devilish lightning strike at Fulham Church to the violent causeways of JG Ballard’s Western Avenue and the brutal underpasses of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, London has played host to a parallel history of fictional deaths.

In this talk Andy Sharp will provide a gazetteer of imagined deaths in film and literature across London. With a focus on the bizarre, occult and conspiratorial, the talk will also demonstrate an uncanny by-product of these creative death scenes. In some cases, it would appear such imagined murders and acts of violent immolation serve as prophetic blueprints for ensuing real life tragedies.

The talk will expand on these uncanny occurrences to posit the theory that an explicitly magickal and morbid approach to psychogeography serves as a modern praxis of the necromantic tradition. In doing so, it will review English Heretic’s Black Plaque research, drawing parallels with Neoplatonic occultism and its methods for raising and working with the dead to reveal secret wisdom and mythopoetic truths.

Expect a delicious palimpsest of reality and fiction with consort of tragic figures from film and occulture.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Andy Sharp
Andy Sharp, aka English Heretic, is the latest in a notable line of artists – including David Bowie, Peter Hammill, Mark E Smith and Karl Blake – whose idiosyncratic musical vision is inspired and coloured by an abiding interest in the arcane and the occult. Sharp is also something of a Renaissance Man, producing written works, giving talks and staging performances that further the English Heretic project of unearthing hidden or forgotten cultural oddities, forging psycho-historical/geographical connections, and generally re-mythologising "the blood-drenched battlefields of Albion." Imagine him as a mischievous combination of James Burke, Adam Curtis and Garth Marenghi.

The Venue - Bromptoon Cemetery