Our top story revisits the infamous Highgate Vampire case and asks was it a hoax, a modern urban myth – or just bad science? We're also discussing spooky stories with author Paul Finch. On a Christmastide theme, we have the sad tale of the Mistletoe Bride – a young woman entombed alive when a game of Hide-and-Seek went badly wrong – and there's also everything you need to know about Yule Logs. And, finally, how some canny Yorkshireman once hunted a dragon with nothing more than Parkin!
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."
I see from my Facebook timeline that on the 5th November 2014 I posted this story about Pope Francis suffering a costume malfunction. It didn't occur to me at the time but that looks suspiciously like an M.R. James-style "face of crumpled linen".
On Paranormal UK Radio at http://www.paukradio.com/
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.
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?
Follow this link to access all episodes of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts. The page also contains links to all our platforms. Click the player button below to hear latest show.
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