In the second of our two Holiday Specials - this week the Weird Tales Radio Show discusses Demons and Evil Archaeology with Dr Heather Lynn plus our second guest Tobias Churton explains why Aleister Crowley was the Godfather of the Swinging Sixties.
Very chuffed to report the newsletter of the renown Ghost Club has published an article of mine on "profane burials". It includes the notorious Lord Byron verse about a recently deceased politician – we should treat more politicians with contempt...
Posterity will ne’er survey
A nobler grave than this:
Here lie the bones of Castlereagh:
Stop, traveller, and piss.
Madagascar's giant Baobab Trees in the early morning. (Photo by Stephen Gollan) Reminds me of a Roger Dean album cover for a Prog-Rock band in the early 1970s...
"When you hear people lament the lack of traditional Christmas ask them for some ale or cider while pondering who will play the Lord of Misrule, because fornication, heavy drinking, and subverting the social order are what a traditional Christmas is all about."
Christmas is also a time to remember those in less fortunate circumstances so this year I'm supporting an animal charity that helps cats trapped in homes with folk singers.
Excellent, balanced piece by Nic Rigby for the BBC on the Rendlesham Forest UFO incident of 40 years ago – although it will probably upset the KoolAid drinkers who've made a career out of being UFO "experts" on the strength of this one incident. Incidentally we talked to Nick Redfern about Rendlesham earlier this year on the Weird Tales Radio Show (see second link) – he was also of the opinion that whatever actually happened, it wasn't little green aliens.
In the first of two Holiday Specials – this week the Weird Tales Radio Show looks at Vintage Geek and Witchcraft as we talk to Marshall Julius about the joys of classic TV shows and movies – and then it’s over to film historian Gary Parsons on Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s – were they objective or exploitation? We also touch on movies by Kenneth Anger and about Aleister Crowley - including the hex to "turn Jimmy Page into a toad" story. Sit back and enjoy.
Just been reading about St Luke's Church, Hodnet, Shropshire, in the latest edition of the Ancient Origins magazine. This 19th century window of the Four Apostles has now become associated with more recent Holy Grail myths – is that Mary Magdalene on the right holding the Grail? But I'm wondering whether it may have also been one of the inspirations for the M.R. James story The Treasure of Abbot Thomas?
In Episode 144 of the Weird Tales Radio Show we indulge in Christmas nostalgia as we recall some dangerous toys for boys. Therese Taylor talks about the old Christmas tradition of the Lords of Misrule. Weird Tales regular Morgan Daimler wonders whether fairies and aliens are related. And finally we are joined by Hannah Brailsford who has a seasonal ghost story to tell.
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