England’s Dark Dreaming is Paul Watson’s second book of artwork.
England’s Dark Dreaming is a series of twenty-four large-scale charcoal drawings created by Paul Watson between 2016 and 2018. They draw on folkloric elements such as the May Queen and the Green Man to present a disturbing dreamscape of contemporary England in a state of political turmoil.
Essential for everyone thinking about #DeepEngland, myth, folklore and national identity right now.
Melissa Harrison, author of All Among the Barley
To speak of a work of profound magnitude, in mundane terms does it a disservice. I want to be honest about what this book evokes for me: my deep connection to this work, is as a talismanic book, a magical tome. Paul Watson is a master and I cannot wait to explore what he conjures next.
John Harrigan, Director of Armageddon Gospels
A heartfelt statement of the old mongrel soul of Albion against the shallow fascism of #DeepEngland: I can’t praise England’s Dark Dreaming enough.
Ian 'Cat' Vincent, writer at the Fortean Times and the Daily Grail
An excellent and thought provoking series of highly skilled and original drawings rounded off with a polemical essay. Recommend it without reservation 5 stars.
Nick Brown, author of the Skendleby/Ancient Gramarye series
Its half-light commentary moves past revivalist folk-horror to face contemporary perversions of notions of pride, peoplehood, and place.
Fiddler’s Green, Volume 2, Number 2
The book contains:
- High-quality reproductions of all 24 England’s Dark Dreaming drawings.
- An introductory essay about the series by the artist, as well as notes on each drawing.
- A much-extended version of the artist's article on Deep England (shorter original version can be read here).
- Foreword by David Southwell, creator of Hookland.
All copies are signed by Paul Watson.