One the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Six Hands of Glory, Five Golden Pentacles, Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Fifth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Five Golden Pentacles, Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Fourth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Four Dragon's Eggs, Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Third Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Three Unicorn Horns, Two Copies of the Necronomicon, And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree...
One the Second Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Two Copies of the Necronomicon (second editions, bound in Cthulhu skin, slightly foxed) And a Cockatrice in a Pear Tree.
Instead of a conventional Christmas card, this year Janie Christian painted me a Merry Krampus picture. The oil painting is based on an image she found online, as she was unable to find a suitable Krampus locally who was prepared to pose for the picture.
To all our readers...
I hope you have a Rudolph red-nose glowing, Twelve Days of sleighride-jingling,
stocking-bulging, star of Bethlehem twinkling, Noddy-Wizard-Pogues Rocking*,
carol-singing, deck the halls with holly-ing, robin tweeting, pagan no-sanity clausing,
Winterval Equinox celebrating, TV Dr Who box-set bingeing, Bing-crooning,
veggie-dinner Feastmas, post-eating burping, inappropriate mistletoe-snogging
and rosé-wining paracetamol booze-snoozing, mince pie exceeding Xmas…
Merry Meet, Merry Part, & Merry Meet Again
words by Andrew Darlington, image by Gino Cinganelli – because they echo my sentiments!!!
* Readers unfamiliar with UK Christmas hit singles may have to Google this
Our top story revisits the infamous Highgate Vampire case and asks was it a hoax, a modern urban myth – or just bad science? We're also discussing spooky stories with author Paul Finch. On a Christmastide theme, we have the sad tale of the Mistletoe Bride – a young woman entombed alive when a game of Hide-and-Seek went badly wrong – and there's also everything you need to know about Yule Logs. And, finally, how some canny Yorkshireman once hunted a dragon with nothing more than Parkin!
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In Episode 52 of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcast... Janie looks at legends of healing lochs and haunted pits + we’ve witchcraft in caves and in Essex + we look at the folklore and origins of the fairy tale Bluebeard + and we talk to Moscow about Bonnie & Clyde!
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