Scratch the surface of the Christian Christmas and you'll find an undercurrent of Paganism (full story is behind the Ancient Origins paywall).
And in other Ancient Origins news, I've just started a column on the Ritual Year for their monthly magazine.
Interesting video here of a session at the 2018 Radio Alive Conference in October in Australia, where a panel of podcasting experts delve into the differences between podcasting and radio, including how to train a breakfast radio host to slow down and tell a story that goes for longer than three minutes.
Just been talking to my gardener – and old "Norfolk Boy" – who described tonight's waxing moon as a "Wet Moon" as in rain to come. This is in contrast to the more sloping type of crescent moon where it appears the concave curve between the two horns could catch and hold rainwater.
As a Special Thank You to all visitors to the Urban Fantasist blog and listeners to the Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts, we are giving away – yes, giving away totally FREE – a selection of 12 fiction and non-fiction fantasy, horror, and science fiction books worth £140 (US$175). (We're not even charging postage.) Full book listing below.
All you have to do is "like" our new Facebook Page at @CharlesChristianOnline (this is the official Facebook page for the Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts and Smart Radio GY shows) PLUS post a positive review/recommendation on the Page. Then... just email us at the following address UrbanFantasist@icloud.com – saying you've posted the review + giving us your choice of book (better give first, second and third choices as these books will be going fast) AND include your postal address. Good luck – but be quick, first come, first served!
Here are the books – just quote the book numbers in your book choices. (HD = Hardback/PB = Paperback)
#1 The Wand in the Word - Conversation with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus (HB)
#2 On Horror Writing by Mort Castle (PB)
#3 Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost (PB)
#4 The Art of Writing Fiction by Andrew Cowan (PB)
#5 Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift (2018 PB)
#6 Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser (short stories HB)
#7 The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (flash fiction HB)
#8 The Quantum Magician by Derek Kunsken (2018 PB)
#9 Shelter by David Hutchinson (2018 PB)
#10 Death of a Clone by Alex Thomson (2018 PB)
#11 Europe at Dawn by David Hutchinson (2018 PB)
#12 Green Jay & Crow by D.J. Daniels (2018)
A short documentary about the Wilhelm Scream – the most famous scream in movie history that has now been used as a sound effect in over 100 feature films.
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