While less well known than their priestly counterparts, German folklore also had plenty of "secular" exorcists who resorted to magic
In February 1862 a riot broke out in a Suffolk churchyard over a ghost story. Margaretta Greene, the story’s author,
You turn around, and all of a sudden, you see that something is approaching, moving towards you. You notice a
ith its rich folklore, deep woods filled with wild boars, wolves and massive bison, and dark 20th century history, Poland
he Headless Horseman captures the imagination like nothing else at Halloween. Regional American history and urban legend influences the interpretation
October the season of death is here and soon comes Halloween with its cavalcade of ghosts and goblins together with
Bloody Mary is a scary urban legend that has been told for decades, but what might psychology tell us about
The residents of a Swansea street were shocked to be able to recognise the ghostly spirit haunting their home, but
here is no name from the period of England's witch trials more infamous than that of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled
So, what is necromancy and what does it have to do with folklore? Come with me, and let’s enter the
Scottish lore contains some of the darkest and strangest figures in folkloric history: shape-shifters, blood-suckers, monsters without skin.
The cursed painting is an enduring urban legend that continues to have the ability to scare us, and also makes
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