Tag Archives: British Library

Scared to Death – book launch

Who was Spring-heeled Jack, the agile bogeyman that terrorised Sheffield and escaped pursuers by making gigantic leaps? What were the eerie sounds in the sky known as the Gabriel Hounds? And why did people believe the ghost of a ‘white lady’ … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th

Every year I receive requests from journalists who want to know where the idea of Friday the 13th being unlucky originated. So here’s a summary of the lore which surrounds this widely held superstition. The idea that Friday 13th is unlucky … Continue reading

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Aliens in the imagination

What explains our continuing fascination with aliens? Wandering (or was it wondering) around the British Library’s excellent Out of this World exhibition, I was struck by the long and deep debt the current cultural obsession with UFOs and ET visitors … Continue reading

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Out of this World

This summer the British Library are staging a major exhibition entitled ‘Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it‘ (20 May-25 September). Plans are underway for a major display that will explore sci-fi through literature, film … Continue reading

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