The Writer and The Woodcarver

A few days ago I wrote a little piece about a real life “Ghost Churchand today I want to show you a haunting statue.

May I present the“Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta”. This sculpture is carved out of a single log of Sycamore wood and has two distinct images on either side.

Now I’d like to toss this side note out to you:

A partial English verse translation of Faust (Part One) was published anonymously by the London publisher Thomas Boosey and Sons, in 1821.

Nobody knows who designed or carved this statue.

I find both of those little facts interesting and because it’s almost Halloween I find them deliciously spine chilling because the writer in me would like to bring those two things together- put them back to back if you will.

“Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta”, this sculpture is carved out of a single log of Sycamore wood and has two distinct images on either side.

Faust by Goethe

The story of Dr. Faustus begins in Heaven where Mephistopheles makes a bet with God. He says that he can lure God’s favourite human being (Faust), who is striving to learn everything that can be known. The Lord permits Mephistopheles to tempt Faust and thus begins the tragic drama. Mephistopheles comes down to earth in the form of a travelling scholar, befriends Faust and by clever arguments excites his interest in sensual pleasures. Faust makes an arrangement with the devil: the devil will do everything that Faust wants while he is here on Earth, and in exchange Faust will serve the devil in Hell. Faust signs the contract with a drop of his own blood before setting out on a series of excursions with Mephistopheles.

The Perfect Show For A Perfect Halloween Weekend

I could NOT be more excited about a tv show then I am about this one!

Paranormal debuted on Netflix last year on my birthday and what can I say, it would have been an awesome gift from the Universe but as a rule my birthday sucks so I don’t celebrate it. In fact I don’t do much of anything so that’s probably why I missed this.

Paranormal is based on a series of books by  Khaled Tawfik who wrote more than 200 books, in both Egyptian Arabic and Classical Arabic. He was the first contemporary writer of horror and science fiction in the Arabic speaking world and also the first writer to explore the medical thriller genre.

After seeing all six episodes of Paranormal- which I shamelessly binged  on I was ready to read Tawfik’s books but was very disappointed to find out NONE of them have been translated into English.

Seriously, someone needs to get on that because…

Paranormal is a total gem and Khaled Tawfik’s works are probably gems too.

Right off the bat I loved the hero, I loved the scary monsters and the characters that surround Refaat- flawed and stubborn as they were and I have to admit I spent some time wishing they’d meet an untimely end. The thing is,  I still liked them.

I also loved the way you could not see what was coming and there is a reason for that.

Our spectacular hero  Refaat Ismail is a man who is grounded in science and reasoning. When he is faced with the Paranormal he breaks what he sees down by it’s elements and as you follow him, he makes perfect  sense. Even if the monster or demon or ghost is right there on your tv screen and you are LOOKING at it you go along with Refaat because, he has made the case for why you are not seeing what you THINK you are seeing. Plus he’s an imperfect character that most of us can relate too and you end up joining team Refaat when the story first opens.

I guess I latched onto  Refaat Ismail because he sort of reminded me of Carl Kolchak and I’ve always been partial to Kolchak.

Oh. And there are at least two great comical moments which surprised me because the last time I laughed at a horror film was at the Blair Witch Project when the guys were singing the theme song from Gilligan’s Island.

I refuse to give you one teeny spoiler because if you want to watch something over the Halloween weekend then this is the show for you.

There is one common thread that runs from story to story, but each episode is a great stand alone story too.

So go on. Scoot. Set a reminder. Watch Paranormal. You will not be disappointed.

PARANORMAL WEBSITE AND TRAILERS  HERE