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Unnecessarily spooky painting at hotel

While away with my family at Old Hunstanton, we spotted this unnecessarily spooky painting at the delightful Caley Hall hotel.

Spooky picture

How scary is that?

A ghostly figure, motionless, stares out at you from a dark wasteland. Sara noticed the appearance of an apparently headless dog by its side. Fortunately,a full moon rides in the sky, so perhaps this apparation is limited to only 12 appearances a year…

Exploring the environs, it turned out (spookily) that much of the area was once owned by the Le Strange family (all a bit Scooby-Doo-ish), which led us to us discovering this local inn…!

Strange or what?

On a whimsical note I also noticed evidence of a society of tiny beings having once lived on the beach. One evening I found the remains of what appears to be one of their ceremonial sites, possibly a fort, or magical meeting place, now sadly eroded by wind and weather…

Yours weirdly!

Evidence of Tiny Beach Civilization


About Glenn Dakin

Glenn Dakin is a writer, cartoonist and editor. He is author of the Candle Man series of fantasy novels for Egmont. His best-known comics are Abe - an autobiographical strip (Top Shelf);Temptation (Penguin Books and Active Images); Spider-Man heroes and Villains (Eaglemoss);the Rockpool Files (With Phil Elliott, Slave Labor/Marvel UK); Robot Crusoe (Funday TImes); Plasmer (Marvel UK); Clan Destine (Marvel USA).

4 responses to “Unnecessarily spooky painting at hotel

  1. The Tractate Middoth ⋅

    Very spooky indeed – and it may be my imagination, but has someone drawn a smiley face on the figure too? Reminds me of the old MR James story, The Mezzotint, in which a shadowy figure within a painting appears to be moving into the foreground, getting closer with every viewing.

    One of the best spooky visual gags in the movies occurs in an old Will Hay film (can’t remember which), when he spends a night in a creepy old farmhouse. On the wall is a painting of a sinister-looking man. Spooked, he turns it to the wall – an on the back is a painting of the same man with clawed hands, snarling. Made me laugh anyway!

    • Very astute Mr Middoth – I think MR James follows you everywhere around Norfolk and Suffolk after you have read his stories. Especially ‘Whistle and I’ll come to you…’

  2. Jez

    Are you sure you didn’t paint that picture yourself. It looks like it could have come straight from the open page of an Introspectre story.

    • I did used to fling the Tipp-Ex around a bit, but can’t take credit for the spooky masterpiece!
      I was very much in Introspectre territory though – darkest Norfolk and fenny places… glad you remember it!

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