The Victorian newspaper archives are full of unusual ghost sightings, but there aren’t many as unique, or with a more
In the great wealth of witch-related lore, the image of the persecuted local midwife is one of the most enduringly popular.
Werewolves. The name alone conjures up nightmarish images from our current pop culture horror films starring this shapeshifting man-wolf.
The one constant throughout visual and literary representations of the werewolf is the willing – or unwilling – consumption of
The concept of a witch, that is a practitioner of magic, has been part of western folklore for centuries, yet
Welsh miners of the nineteenth century held strong superstitions in supernatural elements, which they believed existed deep in the mines.
From its beginnings in the 1840s until the late twentieth century it was Shakespeare’s Three Witches who inspired the majority
Derwen Ceubren yr Ellyll, which means “The Hollow Oak, Haunt of Demons” or “The Blasted Oak of Spirits” was a
Here, we catch up with five “lesser known” North American monsters
Bishop Seghers’ apparition is one of Vancouver Island’s most terrifying visages.
The gallows play a dark role in the history of punishment, but also show an important influence in folklore, folk
Japan has a love of official top three lists. You may have heard of the Three Views of Japan (Matsushima,
On 21st September, 1874, after hearing the cries of the ‘Seven Whistlers’, miners employed in North Warwickshire refused to descend
‘Have you ever heard the term ‘folk horror’ before?’ I asked a colleague of mine: a classics professor. ‘In particular,
Though we’ve not lost any of our academic appreciation for the hearthside story or campsite tall tale, it cannot be
Clarke’s charm collection reveals a range of uses, including cures for sore throats, the protection of seafarers from drowning, and
The Benandanti were a surprising third party in the fight of good versus evil in Medieval Italy; one that not
Huw Llwyd, the Welsh wizard, has been immortalised in the folklore and fairy tales of Wales, his fantastic exploits told
@DeeDeeChainey interviews @WillowWinsham about her book, Accused: British Witches Throughout History
Werewolves are considered to be a traditional monster in the twenty-first-century popular culture.
Hekate: goddess of witchcraft, ghosts and the restless dead, frequently represented as a triple deity, associated with dogs, crossroads and
Tales from the Medieval Crypt: Walking Corpses, Devils and Haunted Shoemakers in Walter Map’s De Nugis Curialium
De Nugis Curialium is a strange book in which history, religious debate and court satire are interwoven with a tangle
Italian festivals offer glimpses of life in a previous time through food, re-enactments and sporting events. These events will satisfy
In rural Spain, the night still belongs to the ánimas, the spirits of the dead who didn’t go straight to
The burial and subsequent unearthing of cursed objects is an act that is astonishingly common in Folk Horror.
For many residents of ancient Britain, curses involved invoking a god to influence a particular individual according to their wishes
In the Essex village of Great Leighs, a witch named Anne Hughes was burned at the stake for the crime
The ghostly “Wild Hunt” rampaged across European folklore as a company of supernatural huntsmen that often counted fairies and the
The matiasma is an apotropaic amulet designed to ward off the evil eye in Greek folklore.