Rodrigo (again!) sent me this beautiful poem by the great Louise Glück, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. I love to receive these gorgeous golden mice to my doorstep.
My ferociously talented and radiantly beautiful friend, Florence, blows us all away with her new song, ‘Free’! Filmed in Kyiv and dedicated to the Ukrainians, it is a wonderful and spirited song.
I’m still reading these Chinese poems! This one is full of lovely sensual inner echoes, a wonderful poem about growing old.
I’m sitting here reading some erotic Chinese poems with the new Sunday sun shining through my window.
I received another letter from the ever-resourceful Rodrigo with a beautiful threnody we should all take a moment to listen to.
The brilliant Jenna Coleman wears The Vampire’s Wife Floral Bell Ringer Suit.
I spent some time this Easter weekend reading the mournful letters of Eloise to her forbidden beloved, Abelard.
My husband received this remarkable Aztec ‘blessing’ from Evy who lives in Ghent, Belgium.
A bit of Sappho for the great Kristen McMenamy who wears the legendary Vampire’s Wife Smoking Cat T Shirt.
Our dear friend, Rodrigo, sent this startling quote from a letter written by Gustave Flaubert to his beloved Louise Colet.
Here is a quote from Joan Didion’s bracing and courageous book on grief, ‘The Year of Magical Thinking.’
Spring is here! We welcome it with all the love in our hearts with a beautiful buoyant poem from Angelina Weld Grimké.
Here is song for the coming of spring from the wonderful Simon and Garfunkel—an ache of a song with a beautifully rendered lyric, full of longing.
Greta Bellamacina is wearing The Silver Bespoke Lamé Bombette Dress, and well, quite frankly, we love her for it.
My husband sent me this extraordinary performance of Thomas Whitfield and choir performing ‘Nothing But The Blood’ led by Lateria Wooton.
You may have noticed a dark haunted presence beneath The Bad Seeds majestic song ‘Galleon Ship’ from the Ghosteen album.
My husband sent me this absolutely beautiful folk song that was sent to his Red Hand Files by Endre from Budapest.
Actress and ace electric guitarist, Devon Ross seen at the Yves Saint Laurent Show in Paris with some exceptionally gorgeous guy.
My husband has fled the UK and has been spending his time in Asheville, North Carolina, rehearsing with Warren and Luiz and Wendi and Janet and TJae.
Here is a beautiful song, with love and power to the brave people of Ukraine.
Here is a beautiful creation from Lavinia of Spain, sent to my husband’s Red Hand Files.
I love this poem by the wonderful poet, Lucille Clifton. She is an absolutely stunning writer—a new poet to our house.
I was reading this morning that most brilliant Persian poet and seer, Hafiz, calling from the 14th Century.
A letter arrived at my husband’s Red Hand Files from Kimberly in Australia.
Just sitting here and listening to this very beautiful version of my husband’s song, Breathless, and it occurs to me that, in general, women do the best versions of Nick’s songs.
Actor Diana Silvers looks gorgeous in The Vampire’s Wife Velvet Falconetti Dress.
I spent a rainy morning during the holidays reading British-born poet, Mina Loy.
I spent some time with the great Italian Renaissance poet, Gaspara Stampa over the holiday period, whose life was cut tragically short by illness.
Someone called Joe from Tacoma, WA in the USA sent this letter to my husband’s famously world rehabilitating and most wonderful website The Red Hand Files.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone and a blessed Christmas holiday.
I had the complete priviage of seeing a preview of P T Anderson’s Licorice Pizza on the weekend and it is the warmest, funniest, most joyful film I have watched in a long time.
The Flaming Lips have released an entire album of my husband’s songs called ‘Where the Viaduct Looms’ and this record has swept me away.
I just spent sometime reading the sad but inspiring story of the death of Charles Darwin’s 10-year-old daughter, Annie.
There is nothing online nearly as fortifying, generous, and acutely smart as Maria Povopa’s gargantuan paean to love and wonder, The Marginalian.
I’ve been sitting here flicking through old art books and catalogues and looking for inspiration.
I literally know nothing about this strange piece of music except that it was sent to me by a mysterious person.
My husband just showed me this beautiful version of The Ship Song by Nell Smith and Flaming lips.
I just stumbled on this clip of the brilliant Kris Kristofferson singing a live and unadorned version of one of my all time favourite songs.
I’ve been looking at the strange, eclectic creations of Sophie Taeuber-Arp this morning.
The wonderful British actress Aimee Lou Wood wears The Vampire’s Wife.
Here is a spooky old poem by the great Thomas Hardy sent to me from an elf at the bottom of the world.
Here is a letter that was sent to my husband’s Red Hand Files by someone called Amanda from Mexico.
Just to let you all know that The Vampire’s Wife has produced the most beautiful scented candle.
Just sitting here, reading Gwendolyn Brooks, yet again. Boy Breaking Glass is such a mighty poem.
The Johnstone sisters, my favourite children’s book illustrator’s and a major influence here at The Vampire’s Wife
My husband forwarded me a beautiful letter from Jennifer from Vancouver with a suggestion for a Song of Devastation.
I came across this poem by Saint Teresa of Avila, which was the inspiration for Bernini’s The Ecstasy of St Teresa.
Actress Honor Swinton Byrne wears The Vampire’s Wife Fortune Teller Gown while attending the London Film Festival. Thank you Honor! We love you here at the Vampire’s Wife. Love, Susie x
A beautiful and happy letter from Sabina from Berlin, sent to me here at The Vampires Wife.
I found this lovely little poem, written by my husband, on a scrap of paper around the house.
Here is a soppy little pop song by Richard Sanderson sent by Klara to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files.
Just read these small but beautiful poems by New Zealand poet, Jenny Bornholdt.
The great Andie MacDowell wears The Vampire’s Wife Pink Lamé Penitent Pants Suit on Graham Norton this week.
Okay, I may be a little biased but was I watching something completely transcendent.
This is such a gentle and measured description of a photograph of a bedroom full of meaning.
Just sitting here reading a beautiful haiku.
I love the painter, Susan Valadon’s portrait of her lover, the composer, Eric Satie, in all its furious and demented colour. An unconventional lover, to say the least.
Listen to this beautiful version of my husband’s lovely song ‘Star Charmer’. Such a tender version of my favourite Grinderman song. The musician is named Oliver Richards.
My friend, Deborah, who literally lives at the bottom of the world, kindly sent me this beautiful drawing.
Today this is my favourite poem and E. E. Cummings my favourite poet.
Sylvie Guillem is a force of nature, a fierce and exquisite miracle. I’ve watched this over and over again.
Pete Davidson wears The Vampire’s Wife Big Cat T-Shirt on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week.
I’ve been wandering around the house this weekend wondering what to do with myself, and missing my husband, and listening to the truly great Mary Margaret O’Hara.
Listen to this gorgeous cover version of The Bad Seeds song, Girl In Amber, by the wonderful Flaming Lips in collaboration with a thirteen-year-old fan, Nell Smith.
Sitting in a hotel bed, listening to ‘The Shining’ movie soundtrack by the great hero-innovator of electronic music Wendy Carlos.
Thank you, Izzy, for this lovely letter and, indeed, a beautiful and heart-wrenching version ‘Song Of Devastation.’ I never thought anyone could touch the original version of ‘To Love Somebody’ by The Bee Gees.
Louis from Germany sent this very sweet letter to my husband’s glorious Red Hand Files.
Big in the Cave household, the world’s most catchy song from the Australian pop/folk band The Seekers. ‘Georgy Girl’.
Actress and entrepreneur, Lily Cole looks beautiful in the Gold Lame American Chevron.
A lovely letter from Rodrigo—our Brazilian friend and beauty excavator—sends a gorgeous ballad from Brazilian singer and composer, Victor Ramil.
Thank you, Nanni from Los Angeles for sending this beautiful and haunting song to my husband’s The Red Hand Files.
The brilliant and beautiful Salma Hayek wears The Vampire’s Wife.
Can’t get enough of this piece of American psychedelia from the great Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane.
This morning, I’ve been looking at the amazing paintings and drawings of Paula Rego.
‘Hey, babe, a girl called Kate from Newcastle in Australia sent this letter to The Red Hand Files.’
A lovely letter came from a ‘hillbilly fan’ named Blair, who lives in Lagrange, Kentucky, to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files and he asked me if I would post it on Stuff.
The actor extraordinaire, Tilda Swinton, friend and force of nature, wears ‘The Vampire’s Wife Sunflower Opera Coat’ to the 74th Cannes Film Festival.
This letter came from our dear friend Rodrigo who has sent this gorgeous piece of music from Argentinian tango composer, Astor Piazzolla.
Here is a melancholy, little grey poem, written by Boston poet, Angelina Weld Grimké.
The fabulous Salma Hayek shows some extraordinary flexibility while wearing The Vampire’s Wife’s Peacemaker’s Coat.
I’ve just found my beautiful copy of The Johnstone Twins—An Appreciation, which I thought I had misplaced.
I spent my Sunday reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s beautiful, little ache of a book, ‘Notes on Grief’.
My husband forwarded this letter from Nadine from Brisbane, Australia.
My husband alerted me to this wonderfully haunting version of his song, Henry Lee.
“Hey babe, Kris Kristofferson is 85 today.” That’s my husband. He loves Kris Kristofferson.
The periodically brilliant Poem-a-day website has offered up this wonderfully inclusive poem by the great Langston Hughes.
Natalia Ginzburg, from her collection of her finest and best-known short essays, The Little Virtues, tells us wonderfully.
Maybe it’s the heat of the night or maybe the waxing crescent moon but another sleepless night brings me to Louise Bourgeois wonderful ‘Insomnia Drawings’, spidery spirals, helixes, mazes, that hypnotize me back to sleep. Love, Susie x
I was listening to a recent song of Nick’s called Albuquerque, which refers to ‘a child swimming between two boats in a lake in Africa.’
I’ve just been reading about the modernist writer, Katherine Mansfield that died from tuberculosis, in 1923, aged 34 in Fontainebleau, France.
I’ve just been listening Lana Del Ray’s amazing new album.
Venus Frigida (Cold Venus) is a 1611 oil on panel painting by Peter Paul Rubens, now in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.
This week was Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday and so many of his songs hold both my husband and me in their sway.
Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist and the founding member of Pussy Riot: the world’s most prominent feminist protest art collective, which focuses attention on human rights violations at home and abroad.
Emily Pauline Johnson, who also published under her Mohawk name Tekahionwake, was born on on the Six Nations Reserve, Canada West, in 1861. A poet, artist, and performer, she is the author of three collections of poetry.
Tim from Denmark in Australia sent us this amazing piece of footage of a Russian Boys Choir singing Sacred Treasures III.
A few doors down from the London offices of The Vampire’s Wife in Holland Street lived Radclyffe Hall an English poet and author.
A lovely letter came to me this week from actress and theatre producer Hayley Carmichael, with a salient Jungian truth attached!
Just to say, squirrels are my husband’s favourite animal. He thinks they are possessed. Many mornings, he sits on our doorstep and feeds them. Talks to them too.
He is a Turkish singer and musician named Özgür Baba and he has a cat, some chickens, some lemon trees and that he plays his instrument.
Goodbye, amazing Anita. We loved you
Where the slow river meets the tide, a red swan lifts red wings
There is a wonderful article in Vogue USA and Vogue UK this week about my husband’s troublemaking, iconoclastic online shop Cave Things
Actress and comedian, Nasim Pedrad looked dazzling on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last week
A very special friend from of mine who lives at the bottom of the world (but sends me messages from her own bright skies)
Dear Nick and Susie, I hope you don’t mind me writing to you both, I’ve written quite a lot to Nick in the past as the odd inspiration has hit but this time
Yasmin Mohamud wears The Vampire’s Wife Villanelle Dress in the New Zealand Herald
Spring is well and truly here and as we step out of a long and perilous winter, an extraordinarily beautiful poem by the greatest of them all
The “Stuff Page” looks like a Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities for your community
My husband passed on this bittersweet message, that was sent to the Red Hand Files, from someone called Trond
I just read this brave and beautiful poem by the Canadian astronomer and poet Rebecca Elson, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Nepali-born actress, Amitar Suman looks lovely in The Vampire’s Wife Floral Falconetti Dress.
“Brooding, maudlin, full of woe: Wednesday Addams is an icon for pandemic times.
There is much to ballet that is connected to my childhood. I always wanted to be a ballerina and had all the desire but, sadly, none of the application
Life is the only way to get covered in leaves, catch your breath on the sand,
Will, who runs one of my husband’s fan clubs sent me this Elton John video, made back in the nineties
I received this beautiful letter from Siobhan about Hurrem Sultan. Thank you so much for your kind words, contributing to the Stuff Page
Hi Susie, Just a wee one to send you this, below. I just finished reading Aharon Appelfeld’s wonderful little book of reflections
Artist, Ariana Papademetropoulos wears The Vampire’s Wife Total Mayhem Dress among her wonderful paintings.
It’s Sunday morning and I’m reading the poems of Sappho, made ever mysterious by their fragmentary nature.
My husband received a letter on his Red Hand Files, from someone called Gaz from Kiama in Australia.
Beautiful Kenya Hunt wears The Vampire’s Wife Metallic Festival Dress.
What kind of woman wears The Vampire's Wife? I am interested in designing for any woman who has an interest in beauty.
In tombs of gold and lapis lazuli Bodies of holy men and women exude
Here is a lovely letter from someone called Allyson, sent to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files.
On February 7th of 1909, a 30-year-old mother of two by the name of Emma Hauck was admitted to the psychiatric hospital
Sitting in bed this Sunday morning and leafing through an old New Yorker article about Auguste Renoir’s nudes.
Julian of Norwich (1342 -1416) was a mystic and theologian and author of the first book written in English by a woman.
Soko, the ferociously talented French singer, actress and mother to gorgeous little Indigo wears The Vampire’s Wife.
A message came to my husband today from our dear friend, Yoram. Nick suggested I post it.
For years my husband and I have been enamoured by the work of the wonderful Polish artist Aleksandra Waliszewska.
The Vampire’s Wife filmed members of the Royal Ballet, last week, wearing our dresses.
Here is a song from the founder, guitarist and style guru for the amazing New York Dolls who died last week.
The brilliant Sian. Clifford wins the BAFTA for her performance in the pathologically irreverent Fleabag.
The great and glorious Nicole Kidman wears The Vampire’s Wife Silk Floral Mask .
I urge you all to listen to this most beautiful and haunting piece of music by the great and sadly, late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
The brilliant Jenna Coleman who played Queen Victoria and now the murderer, Charles Sobhraj’s lover
I just stumbled upon this beautiful reading by that most luminous of poets, Maya Angelou.
I’ve been listening to Joni Mitchell a lot over Christmas. I love this song, ‘Amelia’, a gorgeous thing about the great aviation pioneer and icon, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and as its a Joni Mitchell song, a crash and burn kind of love. Such wonderful words, about such a wonderful woman. Love, Susie x Amelia I was driving across the burning desert When I spotted six jet planes Leaving six white vapour trails across the bleak terrain It was the hexagram of the heavens It was the strings of my guitar Amelia...
I’ve just been watching this extraordinary performance by Dionne Warwick of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song, ‘Alfie’
Thank you so much for hanging out on The Stuff Page and supporting The Vampire’s Wife.
Here is a lovely and fully relatable poem by American poet Eileen Myles.
From the early 1980’s comes this amazing song from The Reels—those much-loved, eccentric Australian pioneers of electronica.
I have been in London, working on The Vampire’s Wife display at Harrods. My husband has been writing.
Here is a letter and a beautiful poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, from someone called Julie.
This song, ‘Protection’ by Massive Attack is such a bold, powerful statement—so beautiful.
I read a beautiful poem this morning from Bertrand N. O. Walker published in 1924 under his Wyandot name, Hen-toh.
Such a sweet and quietly despairing letter from Evy from Ghent that was sent to my husband’s endlessly generous Red Hand Files.
I adore the final paragraph of James Joyce’s beautiful short story The Dead, so loved in all of literature.
Beautiful Amina Adan wears The Vampire’s Wife Early Dress. Thank you Amina!