Impossible Zoo Recommended on Reddit

The Impossible Zoo from booksuggestions If you like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Impossible Zoo may be for you. List of monsters and such from myth and legend.

Only £1,052.41

My book A Brief Guide to the Supernatural can be yours for only £1,052.41 + £2.80 UK delivery. Why pay the RRP of £8.99 when you can get it from AmysBookstoreUK for this amazing price? I’m not kidding, here’s the page on Amazon.co.uk. The good news is that you can get it used for £397.88….

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…

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…

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,…

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

Vampire Autopsies

What happens when you cut open a vampire? Read this analysis of the 18th century vampire epidemic and the medical experts who examined the undead corpses in the Fortean Times, issue 288 (Special, 2012). Visit: Fortean Times For back issues of Fortean Times call +44 (0)844 844 0049

Christmas or Yule? Pagan secrets of the festive season

It’s that time of year again. Behind display windows sprayed with fake snow, stores play all our Christmas favorites, endlessly, and bearded men in red suits loiter in grottoes. But as you order your tree and hang up mistletoe, have you ever wondered what any of this has got to do with Christmas? Read my…

Vampire Conference Programme

Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future An International Conference at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London Wednesday, 2 November – Friday, 4 November 2011 Co-Ordinator: Simon Bacon (London) ProgrammeWednesday, 2 November 2011 9.15 Registration 10.00 Simon Bacon (London): Welcome and Introduction 10.15 Plenary Session:Ken Gelder (Melbourne): ‘Our Vampires, Our…