In the latest show we've a Witch Hunter who lost his head + a new collection of Victorian Ghost Stories by Willie Meikle + an interview with a ghost hunter turned Haunted House Movies expert + we look at Medieval Book Curses with co-host Jane Christian + we have the Ghastly Ghost of Lady Mab "You must never look at her face - she hasn't got one - and to see that empty space will drive you mad!!!" And we end with the eerie tale of the apple tree and the skeleton!
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Just finished a raft of interviews for upcoming episodes of my Weird Tales Radio Show including The Highgate Vampire Revisited, Haunted House Movies, Victorian Ghost Stories Reimagined, and the Trial of the Lowestoft Witches. In the meantime you can catch any shows you may have missed by following this handy link to the podcast downloads... https://www.urbanfantasist.com/weird-tales-radio
My latest Weird Tales digital radio show is now available to download as a free podcast on Podbean, iTunes and all the usual channels. Stories include Simon Entwistle on the Pendle Witches plus fashion for pagans & wiccans plus more ghost stories (including the spirit of a walled-up nun) and folklore (including why bananas are bad news on fishing boats and why it is unlucky to burn Elder wood. Just click on the player (below) to hear it.
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.
One listener said "Just listening to your recent Ben Aaronovitch interview, and thought you got the best out of him. I was surprised at how warm he seemed."
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.
On Paranormal UK Radio at http://www.paukradio.com/
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.
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We've a delicious mixture of bite-sized sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian poetry for you from Francis W. Alexander, John Reinhart, Holly Walrath, Greg Schwartz, Susan Burch and Lauren McBride. You can read the HERE
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