Category: Urban Folklore

The Skull-Faced Bishop: The Horrific Image of One Vancouver Island Ghost

Bishop Seghers’ apparition is one of Vancouver Island’s most terrifying visages.

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Haunting Scars in the Landscape – A Review of “Spirits of Place”

Paul Watson reviews a collection of essays which explores case studies of the associated folklore of landscape and place in countries throughout the world.

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Headless Horsemen and Ghostly Lights: The Top 5 Texas Urban Legends

Nowhere else on the planet in the last three hundred years has there been a pioneer narrative quite like the legends and myths of the American Frontier.

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Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange by Adam Scovell, a Review

G. H. Finn reviews Adam Scovell's excellent new book: Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange.

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5 Legendary Monsters of North American Folklore

Legendary monsters thrive in North American lore, of that there is no doubt; and narrowing the array down to a “Top 5” list is a difficult task.

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Cars, Coins and Cursed Colours: A Brief Introduction to the Folklore of Vehicles

Cars and motorbikes have been with us for over 130 years. In that time they’ve gathered superstitions and urban legends around them like exhaust fumes.

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Folk Healing & Hypnotism: Arthur Spray, ‘The Mysterious Cobbler’ of Bexhill

Arthur Spray, known as 'The Mysterious Cobbler of Bexhill', wrote an autobiography in 1935 which detailed his famed powers in healing and hypnotism.

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Psychogeography & Landscape in ‘Spirits of Place’: An Interview with Contributors

Spirits of Place is an anthology examining the relationship between place and narrative: how stories, folkloric or historic, become embedded in a location.

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Ghosts, Angels & Death Omens: The Seven Whistlers in Mining Folklore

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

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Past Anxieties: Defining the Folk Horror Narrative

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

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More Than a Woof: The Rarity of Black Dogs That Talk

Reports of Black Dogs that speak are incredibly rare in modern times and, in fact, very unusual in older accounts. But they do exist.

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Spring-heeled Jack: The Terror of Victorian England

In 1838, the year Queen Victoria came to the throne, London was bedevilled by a clawed, fire-breathing, shape-shifting demon popularly known as Spring-heeled Jack. A rather haphazard creation of local gossip, newspaper…

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The Tales We Tell: Urban Legends as Modern Folklore

Contemporary life is full of folklore, including urban legends, those odd, funny, or scary stories suited to the times and places we live in.

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Black Shuck: Proof of Existence Finally Found?

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

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The Evil Under The Soil: Burial and Unearthing in Folk Horror

The burial and subsequent unearthing of cursed objects is an act that is astonishingly common in Folk Horror.

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Hookland: Folklore, Landscape Punk and Psychogeography

While landscape changes and stories decay, the marriage of the two – folklore – remains the constant dance in our collective memory.

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The Crouch End Spriggan

I feed on as many books of London lore as I can find, everything from Neverwhere to London Orbital, King Rat to A Journey Through Ruins, Savage Messiah, The Great God Pan…

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Myth and the Urban Landscape

Myth is folklore writ large, or to turn that phrase around, folklore is myth with a specific sense of local place, a particular piece of landscape.

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