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The cursed painting is an enduring urban legend that continues to have the ability to scare us, and also makes

The influences of folklore in the beliefs and rituals of exorcism are traced by Dr. Francis Young, who explores these

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.

One of the countries which one doesn't associate the zombie with is Tibet.

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

Icy Sedgwick explores the folklore, beliefs, and superstitions associated with the human skeleton in traditional and contemporary cultures across the

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.

Legendary monsters thrive in North American lore, of that there is no doubt; and narrowing the array down to a

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,

When one hears the word “zombie” various images come to mind: usually that of flesh-eating, brain-devouring monsters; that is just

On 21st September, 1874, after hearing the cries of the ‘Seven Whistlers’, miners employed in North Warwickshire refused to descend

We might all lay claim to some superstitions to guard against bad luck, but an ingrained belief in death omens

Today, moles are usually unappreciated residents of our gardens and fields, but they are embedded in folklore and for centuries

‘Have you ever heard the term ‘folk horror’ before?’ I asked a colleague of mine: a classics professor. ‘In particular,

This legendary fat-stealer stalks indigenous communities in the rural Andean highlands. In the Peruvian Andes, they say he wanders the

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

From figures of power to figures of fun, ghosts and apparitions changed dramatically in Punch cartoons over the course of

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

We all know that Halloween, as a festival, is not an invention of the trick-or-treating Americans but it is far

De Nugis Curialium is a strange book in which history, religious debate and court satire are interwoven with a tangle

We’ve all heard of the infamous hand of glory, the hand of a dead man, hanged for his crimes, and

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

“Bones of 7ft Hound from Hell Black Shuck ‘Discovered.'” During an archaeological dig, the skeletal remains of a very large

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