In Episode 133 of the Weird Tales Radio Show we talk Arthurian legends scholar and author John Matthews about the myths and history surrounding King Arthur’s magician Merlin. A man of many guises, from druid, to Celtic warrior, to shaman to prophet, to wizard, to royal adviser and even lover. We also look at Merlin’s enduring popularity – there are not many characters who started out in early medieval chronicles who are still the subject of movies and TV series today.
Over the last 40 years John Matthews has produced over 140 books on myths, the world of fairies, the Holy Grail and the legends of King Arthur. He also writes short stories, poetry, and children books And in 2003 he was the historical advisor to the Jerry Bruckheimer movie King Arthur.
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Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and witches, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough.
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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