Shuckland by Charles Christian (Haunted Landscapes Vol. 1) – Weird tales, ghosts, folklore and legends from East Anglia’s Waveney valley
Published: July 2021 by Heart of Albion Publishing
Price: £12.95 (Print) + £3.25 (Ebook)
Paperback, Pages: 199 + xiv pages
Illustrations: 13 colour + 14 B&W & line drawings + 4 maps
Join us on a journey exploring the weird wonders of the Waveney valley. Behind the ruined castles, soaring church towers and attractive market towns lie ancient legends and folklore.
Ghosts of avenging kings, highwaymen, headless queens, ancient buried treasures, demonic entities, notorious villains, treacherous barons, murderous earls, ley-lines, paganism, yew-shrouded churchyards, old ivy-covered houses, witchcraft, strange fearsome beasts – including the notorious Black Shuck who gives his name to Shuckland.
What the reviews say...
"Shuckland does what great book do. It transports you, entertains, mesmerises and shows you a world of things you didn't know. Christian's writing is always fun and engaging, he has a wonderful knack of infecting you with his enthusiasm. I'm nowhere near the Waveney Valley but I'll make sure I take a trip down there to see the legends, and experience the spooks, for myself." ...Nik Perring, author, editor, creative writing teacher.
"This has been a great seller for us!" ...Diss Publishing Bookshop
"Shuck, of course, refers to East Anglia's legendary giant and ghostly 'black dog'. Christian uses the Shuck myth to link the region's towns, churches, castles and other folkloric places into a vivid portrait of Shuckland and its history full of mythic beasts, ghosts, villains, murder and witchcraft. Well-written and packed with local detail. Included here are associations with 'ley lines' and the tales of MR James. This is the first volume in a projected series of 'Haunted Landscapes' from the Heart of Albion Press." ...Fortean Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars – Entertaining
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2021 by David
Scary events and ghost stories from East Anglia. An entertaining Winter’s read.
5.0 out of 5 stars – Experience the hidden history of England's Waveney Valley
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2022 by John Pitman
Black dogs, Druid stones and Devil lore - Shuckland has got the lot. In this book Charles Christian takes us on a witty and enthralling journey through the East Anglian countryside following the famous Atlantis Ley (otherwise known as the Great St Michael and St Mary Alignment) from his home town of Diss up to Norfolk's sunshine coast. Along the way we are introduced to Saxon Kings, Norman barons, necromantic friars, and notorious highwaymen, not to mention a whole host of spirits and spooks, and last but definitely not least, the legendary fiery-eyed hell hound, Black Shuck, who lends his name both to Christian's book and to the valley some call Shuckland. Well written and informative, this book is a must for any folklore enthusiast, or indeed for anyone seeking to find out more about the 'quite intriguing' history and legends of an area that for many is one of the most well loved corners of our island.
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