My next Weird Tales digital radio show is live streaming tonight on the Paranormal UK Radio Network from 11pm GMT & EST at http://www.paukradio.com/ – we've Simon Entwistle on the Pendle Witches, fashion for pagans & wicca plus more ghost stories & folklore with me and Jane Christian - it will be repeating over the weekend & will also be available as a podcast download on PodBean, iTunes etc
Catch our exclusive interview with best selling author Ben Aaronovitch on latest Weird Tales Radio podcast - UPDATED
Our latest Weird Tales Radio Show is a must for all writers, plus fans of urban fantasy and Doctor Who, as it features an exclusive interview with best selling Rivers of London author and one-time Doctor Who scriptwriter Ben Aaronovitch. Click on the player link below to hear it.
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Those of us of a certain age who still follow the Old Ways or are Northern (in my case both) will know that tonight 4th November – not Halloween nor Bonfire Night – is the most important night in the mid-autumn folklore season.
Why? Because tonight in Mischief Night, aka Miggy Night or Punkie Night.
It was like Halloween trick-or-treating but without any treats and with tricks verging on minor acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour as we school kids peddled forth on our bicycles to inflict a reign of terror on the Good Citizens of my home town of Scarborough. You know... dropping lighted fireworks through letterboxes, ringing doorbells and running away before they were opened (known as Knock, Knock Ginger), lifting garden gates off their hinges, and ordering taxis to call at the homes of hated schoolteachers.
And, it wasn’t just in Scarborough, as Mischief Night was celebrated across all the Northern counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and as far south as Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. One suggestion is the 4th of November was the night Guy Fawkes got up to his mischief in the undercroft beneath the parliament building in Westminster. But, given the strong Viking heritage of these counties – all part of Danelaw from the mid 8th to mid 10th centuries – is there also a connection with Loki, the Norse trickster god, at work here?
The 4th November was also the night we lit our lanterns. Called Punkie lanterns, they were carved out of turnips or swedes rather than pumpkins and lighting them was accompanied by reciting the rhyme:
Give me a candle
Give me a light
If you don’t
You’ll get a fright
And yes the local hospitals A&E department was full of boys who'd cut, stabbed or sliced themselves with carving knives and potato peelers trying to carve out rock hard turnips.
Mischief Night was already in decline by the 1970s – about the same time as local authorities started gentrifying Bonfire Night by encouraging organised, communal fireworks displays, rather than allowing everyone to do their own thing (explosives, petrol, and fire – what could possibly go wrong) – and was subsequently swept away by the retail shopping festival that is Halloween.
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According to a report in The Times newspaper: Satan may now be driven out by English incantations, rather than only Latin, after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops made available a translation of the church’s exorcism rituals. The move is intended to make the expulsion of evil spirits less challenging for priests amid rising demand, no longer requiring them to pray away the powers of darkness in the language of ancient Rome.
Yeah... but what if you are dealing with ancient demons who only understand Aramaic or Sumerian?
We've also tales of horrible history, urban myth busting, ghostly sightings, folklore, and a magick spell. Also available on iTunes and all the usual podcast download suspects.
The next Urban Fantasist Weird Tales Radio Show is now available as a podcast on PodBean, ITunes and all the usual suspects. (Search for Paranormal UK Radio Network) It's a Hunters Moon - we've not one but two headless ghosts, including a cephalophoric martyr - we'll be looking at the folklore of conkers - we go urban mythbusting to Birmingham (UK) - we've a spell to dispel bad dreams - Jane Christian be looking at tales of buried fairy treasure at the Willy Howe barrow - we've an interview with Jim Peters of Folk Horror Revival about the music of the haunted countryside - and we have a cautionary tale about crystal balls. The show repeats over the weekend & will be available as a podcast download from Monday.
This show is now available as a downloadable podcast on PodBean (see player link) iTunes, Stitcher etc.
The next episode of the Urban Fantasist Weird Tales Magick & Folklore radio show goes out tonight on the Paranormal UK Radio Network at 11pm GMT/EST. It will be live streaming tonight – here's the URL http://www.paukradio.com/ – with repeats over the weekend plus will then be available as a podcast download on PodBean, iTunes and all the usual suspects from Monday.
Tonight we have the Ghastly Ghost of the Day + a Hoax Haunting on the Norfolk Broads + a Magick Spell for Mabon + an interview on a new M.R. James theatre adaptation + we're looking at the practicalities of werewolf hunting (no really) + the end of the Salem Witch Trials saga + we'll be grilling the cheese about the folklore of Tiromancy divination (using mouldy cheese to predict events).
In the meantime you can still access the earlier show as a 1 hour podcast on PodBean here https://paranormalukradio.podbean.com/e/urban-fantasist-weird-tales-urban-legends/
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