The Last Romantic Poet

The past will hurt you, if you turn your back on it


Scars on Sound – available now

Scars on Sound  a book of nine ghost stories illustrated by Ruth Tucker. Structured around the folk horror of the Manishi Arc, Scars on Sound is a lyrical collection of stories about sexuality, transgression and betrayal and the old ghosts of the English countryside. It is available to buy in paperback and e-book editions from

My gods, though, isn't it lovely?

Prints and postcards of the artwork can be purchased from either Ruth or myself – please use the contact form below.


Alys Earl is a writer, storyteller and folklorist who lives in the wilds of Suffolk with an overactive imagination and far too many ghosts. They studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and have an MA in Early Modern and Medieval Textual Cultures –  a degree so distinguished that it doesn’t fit on any conventional forms.

Their writing is inspired by the rich tradition of fireside ghost stories from which the modern Gothic has grown, and by the dark bawdy of folklore. They are particularly interested in the overlapping histories of sexuality, gender, marriage and childbirth and the way this interacts with myths of the supernatural.

They are available for bookings as both a traditional storyteller and a performance poet. Sets can be arranged for both adult and mixed age audiences. A contact form is available below for queries.

Alys’ debut novel Time’s Fool is currently crowd-funding. Bringing the legacy of Stoker and Shelley to a market city in the early 21st century, it tells of how the friendship between two bright students and mysterious stranger brings the nightmares of fiction in to the real world.

Meet the creature on the writer’s shed.