The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

Ghost Hunting

How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists

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…

A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting reviewed by Dr Tom Ruffles: In an age when ghost hunting groups proliferate but their standards are often woefully inadequate, solid and reliable information on how to carry out an investigation properly is essential.  In response to that need, Leo Ruickbie has written a useful guide which will assist…

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…