Episode 114: Dollop: Alexander Pearce

It’s that part of the teen horror movie when you realize you’re not on the poster.

Wil

listen to episode 114: Alexander_Pearce.mp3

Gareth: All right, they’re eating people.

Wil: But just to make a point.

Alexander Pearce's death sentence, executed July 19th, 1824

Alexander Pearce’s death sentence; executed July 19th, 1824

Macquarie Harbor Penal Station, Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbor, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) 1822-1833

true crime: Bloodlust: The Unsavoury Tale of Alexander Pearce, the Convict Cannibal * Nick Bleszynski

The novel I thought about throughout this entire episode: And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians * Agatha Christie

I had a hearty horror laugh that this even existed: Wikipedia category page, cannibals by nationality.

Two horror movies have been made about Pearce’s culinary walkabout, one of which I did not realize I have seen, and already recommended on site: Dying Breed (2008), which popped up in the Australian Horror Movies post. The other is Van Diemen’s Land (2009), which I want to watch pronto.

There’s also The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, which crosses genres in the manner of, it seems to me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. official site: thelastconfession.com

The Bushrangers: Illustrating the Early Days of Van Diemen’s Land  * James Bonwick

“Words From the Executioner to Alexander Pearce” is the fourth track on The Drones’ album Gala Hill. Weddings Parties Anything also have a song about Pearce, which is apparently a mosh pit favorite when played live: “A Tale They Won’t Believe“:

…So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
And our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night so dark
I can’t say I feel guilty, after all it wasn’t me
But when the sun came up next morning the four had turned to three

And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down,
It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town…

Want a sandwich? I have ham, turkey, roast beef, beef hash…

And one more book recommendation, from the oft-Carla-recommended Professor Harold Schechter: Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal. Enter Alfred G. Packer, stage left. Nom nom nom.

Band names from this episode:

  • Inappropriate Meat
  • Sir Rumpus
  • Suicide Whales
  • Rumduck
  • Timtams
  • Jerked Dalton
  • Novelty Licorice Jackets
  • Venom Leg

So many cultural riffs in this one…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX7-llOMz58

This moment gives me life. Not because I am laughing at her, but because we have all had those moments. Yes, we have. Yes, you, too. Don’t front.

 

 

 

 

About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

2 Comments

  1. Apparently, Pearce was also an inspiration for the cannibal character in Dead Man…

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