Dear Trump

BY ANDREW MOODY English celebrities aren’t a patch on our American cousins. The teeth! The collagen injections! The breast enhancements! The penile implants! Us Brits prefer curling up with our smartphones tweeting sarcastic comments about Brexit (Pro or Remain, your choice) whilst farting into our favourite sofa cushion. Those that want to actually crack the media industry need to be six foot classically trained beauties … Continue reading Dear Trump

4 Rounds

BY ANDREW MOODY Yesterday I had my fourth bout of ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy) – so-called because they pass an electrical current through your brain while you are unconscious. Where I once tried to put a positive spin on it, I am now firmly against the procedure, owing to irritability, confusion and memory loss that does not look like fading away – not to mention … Continue reading 4 Rounds

Homeless in Haunted London

BY ANDREW MOODY In the haze between exhaustion, sleep and consciousness, I feel something tapping my foot. It’s pouring with freezing rain, and I’m curled up in a ball by a bus stop somewhere in Aldwych. I’m penniless, no bus or train pass, no way of returning to the acute ward I absconded from some days ago, walking for hours and hours sobbing through the … Continue reading Homeless in Haunted London

Transinsanity

BY ANDREW MOODY The first time I heard the term “transsexual” was around age fourteen in Thomas Harris’s horror classic The Silence of the Lambs:  ““Do you know the procedure for testing male applicants for transsexual surgery?” “No.” “It may help if you bring me a copy of the regimen from any of the centers, but to begin: the battery of tests usually includes Wechsler … Continue reading Transinsanity

Lecter’s Enduring Appeal

BY ANDREW MOODY Cannibal serial killer and psychiatric genius Hannibal Lecter first emerged in Thomas Harris 1980 novel Red Dragon and probably remains the most iconic literary character of the 20th century. It wasn’t until Jonathan Demme’s 1991 classic The Silence of the Lambs (the novel was released three years earlier) that Lecter gained rockstar status and became the most influential villain in American art … Continue reading Lecter’s Enduring Appeal

Anger

BY ANDREW MOODY Born in 1927, occult filmmaker Kenneth Anger (author of the famous Hollywood Babylon, a document of early celebrity scandals that has since been widely discredited) has made 40 films since 1937, including the notorious Lucifer Rising whose music was created by (recently dead) neo-Nazi Charlie Manson family killer Bobby Beausoleil. Anger, (born Kenneth Anglemyer) is an adherent of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, inspired … Continue reading Anger

A Prayer for the Mentally Ill

VICAR For the first time in my Country Squire Magazine career, I have received a prayer request (and, please, Dear Readers, send as many requests as You wish by using the contact page of the website). The request came from Andrew Moody, who writes film reviews for the magazine. Andrew describes himself thus: “Andrew Moody attended the top non-private grammar school in the UK and … Continue reading A Prayer for the Mentally Ill