Something for Hallowe’en

A recent survey by face-paint retailer Snazaroo found that two thirds of British children did not know why we celebrate Halloween. One in 10 thought it was to do with burning witches, while five per cent said it was the Devil’s birthday. You can read the rest of my Hallowe’en article at  http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/529024/Halloween-traditions-and-superstitions.

Black Magic Code

 “It began with a letter to a dead man…” My article ‘The Black Magic Code’ on Trithemius, cryptography and nigromancy published in Abraxas Journal. For more details see http://fulgur.co.uk/shop/abraxas/abraxas-journal-issue-6/

Nothing was spoken of but vampires

Just found this review at http://pelicanist.blogspot.de/2013/08/the-universal-vampire.html: Another observation that caught my eye was that the start of popularising the vampire was, ironically enough, the Enlightenment. Leo Ruickbie gathers together what was, at that time, impressive testimony as to the actual existence of such creatures, from medical, legal and military sources. By way of a slight…

Ruickbie certainly knows his stuff

From The Vampirologist blog: It features another excellent article, by Leo Ruickbie. Readers may recognise him as the author of A brief guide to the supernatural (2012). A brief guide serves as a classic example to why you (ok, I) shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I was expecting a threadbare pop-culture treatment, but it’s incredibly…

Ghost Club Book Club

A Brief Guide to the Supernatural featured on The Ghost Club website. The perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly. http://www.ghostclub.org.uk/Books.html

Good Ghost Guide

Magonia Review of Books: A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting With more than 300 pages of text and more than 50 of endnotes, this book is not really a ‘brief’ guide. Combining practical assistance on preparation, equipment and investigation techniques and protocol, including the all-important health and safety advice, with a brief history of ghost…

A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting on YouTube

A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting now has its own youtube video…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svGNB4qNvhY It looks and sounds like a computer generated video for http://www.thebookwoods.com/book3/9780762450770.html

Approved by Egon Spengler

Egon Spengler Would Approve: A Review of Dr. Leo Ruickbie’s “A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting” Dr. Leo Ruickbie may be a specialist in the field of witchcraft, but if A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting is any indication, the man knows he way around a haunted house as well. […]Whether you believe in ghosts or…

Friday the 13th

You’ll want to stay at home tomorrow after you read this (maybe): http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/428727/Why-are-we-so-scared-of-Friday-the-13th by yours truly (of course).

More Evil and Wickedness for 2014

[CFP] 15th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness Saturday 22nd March – Monday 24th March 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Presentations This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. In wrestling with evil(s) we are confronted with a multi-layered phenomenon which invites people from…

Britain’s Spookiest Places

Just had my first article published in the Daily Express: THE UK is blessed – or cursed – with the greatest number of haunted places imaginable. From the crumbling battlements of ruined castles and grand royal palaces to cosy country pubs and individual houses, ghosts have been sighted, heard, felt and sometimes smelt the length…

Dave Evans

Just received this in the email this morning from Mandrake. Very sad news. Dear All In case you’ve not already heard, the founder(?) of this list [Society for the Academic Study of Magic] and the one time journal JSM just died after a long journey with illness, here’s a post from Al Cummings: “Today I…

Little Horrors

Call for Chapters Following on my work on witchcraft accusations against children, I’ve teamed up with Simon Bacon to work on an anthology exploring the many issues surrounding children/childhood and conceptualisations of monstrosity and evil. We’re particularly keen to open up a wide-ranging debate from cinema to the criminal courts. If you’ve got an idea,…

Universal Vampire Book Project

Here’s a description of the project from the editors: The Universal Vampire Series, 2 Vols.  Vol. 1 – The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend  Vol. 2 – The Hip and the Atavistic: Images of the Modern Vampire Editors  Barbara Brodman, Nova Southeastern University  James E. Doan, Nova Southeastern University Project Overview  For…

Universal Vampire Update

Just heard from the editors that the forthcoming multi-volume blockbuster The Universal Vampire is scheduled for publication in April 2012. The publishers were ‘very impressed with the quality of the essays in the collection’. A brief description of my chapter can be found here http://www.academia.edu/1536481/Evidence_for_the_Undead

CFP: Esotericism and Health

Call for Papers ESSWE 4: Western Esotericism and Health Datum: June 26, 2013 -to- June 29, 2013 Call for Papers: ESSWE4 – The Fourth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism Western Esotericism and Health 26-29 June 2013, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Issues relating to health (understood in a broad…

Spiritualism Anthology Details Released

Just arrived in my inbox are the full(er) details of the forthcoming anthology on spiritualism: the anthology is to be published as: Christopher M. Moreman (Ed.), The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking withthe Dead in American and around the World (ABC-CLIO, 2013). It isscheduled for release in the summer. Sub-titles (and authors for each) are:Vol. 1: American…

Magonia Review of The Supernatural

 Magonia Review of Books, review of Leo Ruickbie, A Brief Guide to the Supernatural: Ghosts, Vampires and the Paranormal (Constable and Robinson, 2012), dated 29 March 2012: The book is well referenced in the form of footnotes and makes a good general introduction. See the full review at http://pelicanist.blogspot.de/2012/04/shortreviews04.html