Hammer Time

I tried to catch a handful of fog.



After rain, the fog is probably one of Blighty’s most known weather features, Gershwin even a song about the London fog. The image of a fog drenched city or English countryside  is a popular and recurring theme in fiction, both written and visual. Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1927 silent movie The Lodger is subtitled a story of the London fog and indeed much of the film has streets shrouded in a think fog and of course Foggy Victorian/Edwardian streets were a standard part of the mise-en-scene for the Hammer Horror films. The silhouetted figure shrouded in fog under the gas street lamps is burned into the British subconscious and is an image recreated many many times.

So what do think its the appeal of a foggy location in fiction. Pop your two cents in the comments below


4 thoughts on “Hammer Time

  1. I don’t get much appeal from the foggy London town. The East End was a Smoggy London town when I was at school, filled with the dirt and grime from the air pollution and arriving at school with a black ring around your nostrils and a handkerchief full of soot. No romance for me, just glad that one day they discovered why


    • Oh yes the infamous London smog of the fifties. Although born in Dudley, my Dad was always told to put a scarf over his nose and mouth by my nan. He mentioned how the brown haze around the streetlights fascinated him. Mum was from Withernsea and she grew up with costal fog, which is more akin to the romanticism of the foggy town.


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