Welcome to Episode 17 of the Weird Tales Radio Show. We talk about the folklore of the St Mark’s Eve Vigil and learn how Charles failed to see any ghosts. In our big interview we talk to artist Stuart Pearson Wright about art, werewolves and J.K.Rowling. Janie explores the myth of the underground tunnel beneath Bungay Castle. We look at the legend of the Spinning Highwayman’s Stone and ask if Countess Elizabeth Bathory may have been right about bathing in blood. And, for light relief we’ll also be playing some suitably occult music by Jethro Tull and the late Warren Zevon. Available now on iTunes, YouTube and all the usual suspects OR just click on the player below.
Here's an update on 2018 the SCI-FI-London 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge which is sponsored by Urban Fantasist – that's us! The entries are all in – and we have a shortlist of six, which is now in the hands of our judges.
Not only that but we also have a date and time for announcing the winner: The location is the Stratford Picturehouse in East London on Wednesday 2 May where, following a drinks reception from 7.00pm, the awards ceremony will start at 8.45pm.
Here is the Shortlist (in alphabetical order)...
All My Blood - Simon Bennett
My Electric Friend - Michael Adam Robson
Survival Mechanism - Natalie Dixon
The Charm - Bethan James
Timeless Classic - Mark Huntley-James
Windmills Turn - Sean Mason
And here is a short video about the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival this year...
No, it's not an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest from some obscure Balkan country but the track Wiedźmowa (aka The Witchy Song) from the album Mszarna (Ptarmigan) by Ols aka the Polish singer-songwriter Anna Maria Oskierko. Ols describes her music as Dark-NeoFolk "delving into magical realms of misty forests and mysterious wetlands". (Ols is a Polish word for alder forest growing on swamps and marshes). All vocals, instruments, compositions, lyrics and arrangements by Anna Maria Oskierko.
The Weekend Starts Here! The latest Weird Tales Radio Show #16 is now available to download as a podcast
As you will have spotted by now, we are big fans of podcasting (and related internet radio/webcasting) but are podcasts the way to reinvent steam radio? Here's some interesting US-based research via TechCrunch to ponder...
And now for something different: Meet the Muggletonians - my latest WTF history tale on Ancient Origins
Well-dressed apes and Portuguese impressionists: two new pieces of short fiction on the Grievous Angel
Latest Weird Tales Radio Show - just finished editing: Faeries, King Arthur & Syd Barrett - what more do you want?
Weird Tales Radio Show
Now in a weekly format Episode 19 of the Weird Tales Radio Show (24th May 2018) is our Royal Weddings edition, everything from Anne Boleyn losing her head to giant cheeses. We’ve also some weird Whitsun folklore + a tale of treachery at St Benet’s Abbey + we go urban mythbusting with the saga of the Buntline Special from the American Old West + the worst man in the world? No, not the inventor of the duvet cover but Tom Midgley. Er, Tom Who?
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Three fantastic new poems for you now. What more can I say except they are SO Grievous Angel! You can read them HERE
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