Being rather strict about which magazines I purchase, I didn’t really hesitate buying this after flicking through it. First of all, the beautiful cover caught my eye; the artwork is so whimsical and I love whimsical. With such words as creativity, escaping and wellbeing printed on the cover; I had to purchase it immediately. What I feel lacks in other magazines is its longevity. Some people tend to cut pages out and keep them the majority of the time they get read and they go in the recycling bin. Breathe is very different in that its contents is so useful that it is something you would probably keep on your shelf; it is like a reference book, I can see me referring to it again and again. A very refreshing read.
Just to give a taste of what you will expect from Breathe; features on essential oils, dreams, crystals, coping strategies, ideas for boosting your creativity and applying mindfulness to your day. It isn’t full of jargon, everything is well written and very inspiring plus the magazine is beautifully set out. I love these little paper surprises.
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The Maiden Issue
Sabat Magazine; the word magazine is a little bit of an understatement. It is a very heavy and packed volume that looks and feels more like a high-class coffee table book. It helps to fuse the subjects of feminism and witchcraft quite nicely and is absolutely jam packed with thought provoking interviews, features, photography and art.
The idea came from a zine and realising that the witchcraft community was very strong online, especially Instagram, creative director Elisabeth Krohn has been part of an amazing team to create something very special. What caught my eye is the boldness of the text and the imagery, it is all very contemporary, all very “now”. It is fusing the old with the new and works in ways that I didn’t think could be achieved. It will help appeal to a young audience, a hip audience and an audience that will undoubtedly start to identify the witch within them.
I am quite sure that everyone has heard of the Fortean Times. The first issue was produced in 1973 but under a different title The News and soon became the Fortean Times in 1976. The idea was to create a Fortean version of the British newspaper The Times but it would include esoteric matter. If you indulge yourself in its extraordinary pages each month then that is fantastic. If however, you haven’t then you are in for quite a treat. I wanted to add this to the list of periodicals due to its relevance and fantastic writing.
The bizarre and esoteric world we live is encapsulated in the pages of the Fortean Times, naturally. We have the occult, the supernatural, aliens, conspiracy theories, monsters, myths and legends…the list goes on. It provides us with inspiration to find out more about things we don’t understand in life, open us up to possibilities, inspire stories in us and it doesn’t read like a cheap weekly magazine; it is intelligent and concise.
Faerie Magazine is a rare creature. It combines intelligent features with some of the most beautiful photography. Far from the realms of silly subculture fashion it brings in every element of beauty and magic in the form of history, home décor, recipes, poetry and fiction. A publication you can certainly lose yourself in, its content imagery is something you can hear, smell and touch; it’s fabulous.
The idea of a magazine dedicated to the faerie culture may sound rather odd and far too whimsical for this cynical world but alas; they have hit on something here. The magazine brings about the oldie worldie, the traditional and the free spirit that can be found in all of us, if we let it. Quietly coaxing out your inner magic; we all have it in there. Whether you want to put on a Victorian tea party, require fashion advice from Oscar Wilde, glimpse into magical homes or learn how to make beautiful jewellery; Faerie Magazine is your bible.
Both printed and digital copies are available here
This wonderful magazine is packed to the brim with the most ghoulish of tales. If short stories from contemporary writers is to your taste then this is the magazine to get.
It is produced twice a year and is wonderfully printed. It is packed full of thought provoking imagery that compliments the literature that lurks inside. It is edited by Rebecca Parfitt who is based in Cardiff, she has been in the publishing arena for nine years and has brought her experience to The Ghastling.
The Ghastling brings together the morbid and the macabre in many ways. Creepy tales read like the penny dreadfuls of the past. The Ghastling brings fresh blood into the veins of the horror genre.
You can visit the website here to purchase copies.