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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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Haunting my bookshelves in 2012:

Here’s my choice of other key books that floated my folkloric boat during 2012: The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian urban folklore and popular cultures, by Karl Bell (Boydell Press).  As readers of my blog will know, the mysterious figure … Continue reading

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Ghost Ships Ahoy!

The media is continually awash with old legends revived for a new audience and modern legends that are in the process of creation.  This item by Jon Henley, from Guardian G2 (27 March 2012), resurrects a motif found in nautical folklore … Continue reading

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Emails from the dead

Supernatural folklore is a dynamic force. It adapts to new technology but incorporates traditional beliefs that date back thousands of years. Soon after the invention of photography in the 1850s, the first photographs of spirits appeared. Following the invention of … Continue reading

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Scared to Death

The Fortean Times Unconvention 2011 – billed as the world’s weirdest weekend – returns to London in November. I’m on the bill for both days (12 and 13 November): on the Saturday I will be speaking about my research into … Continue reading

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