Halloween: Origins and Folklore

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Halloween less than a week away, now is the perfect time to explore the frightening folklore and terrifying traditions that makes this wonderfully weird night the best one of the year.  So grab hold of my October kite and call me Mr Moundshroud, we’re going on…

3 Fierce Phantom Black Dogs of Britain

Everyone knows dogs are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that tales of ghostly hounds are a staple of British Folklore. However, not all of these puppers are friendly, so they say. In fact, some of them are downright spooky. Although they vary from region to region, these supernatural hounds are described as huge,…

3 Frightful Royal Ghosts

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that last week saw the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Whatever your views on the modern monarchy, I think it’s fair to say that ol’ Liz certainly spent her 70 years on the throne, reigning with unparalleled devotion and duty.  As we spend most of our…

The Curse Of Tutankhamun

Public perception of the famous (or now, infamous) boy King, Tutankhamun, has undergone a complete 180 in recent years, but the tale of his accompanying curse still inspires shudders from contemporary audiences.  But what do we really know about the Boy King and is his deadly curse a matter of fact or fiction? Let’s discuss….

3 Thoroughly Haunted Houses – UK Addition

Houses and ghosts go together like bread and butter. Like cheese and crackers. Like midnight ice cream and crushing existential dread.  It’s no surprise that as long as we’ve lived in houses, we’ve haunted them – and why wouldn’t we? Houses are containers for people, and people are containers for a whole lot of energy…

3 Cases of (Supposed) Demonic Possession

As I mentioned in Vol. 2 of my handy, dandy Ghost Guide, I’m skeptical of labelling any case as “demonic”, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the possibility of possession.  As long as humanity has believed in an ethereal world, it has believed in possessions and one day, I will write for hours…

5 Curious Cursed Objects You May Not Have Heard Of

Who doesn’t love a good curse? Well, except those who fall victim to it, of course.  I for one, have always been fascinated with curses, cursed objects and artefacts you probably shouldn’t touch, so I thought, why not pick a few of my favourites to share with you! By now, we know all about the…

A Brief History of Fairies

Present in one form or another across the spectrum of global folklore, you’d be forgiven for thinking these butterfly winged blighters belong solely to children’s literature and kitschy garden ornaments. Don’t be fooled by the charming exterior made popular in victorian illustrations, the Fay Folk are not to be trifled with. Let’s find out why….