Strange History

Weird, disturbing, wacky, horrific, nightmarish – these are all some of the many words to describe the strange history of the UK and Ireland…

St Mark's Eve

Does St Mark’s Eve rival Halloween as the spookiest day of the year?

K.B. GODDARD tells of St Mark's Eve, 24 April, when the souls of the living leave their bodies and tell the future!

Abergavenny Massacre leaves Welsh market town red with blood

CLAIRE BARRAND looks back at one of the bloodiest massacres in British history - the Abergavenny Massacre!

JN Maskelyne, the Victorian magician who took on the fake spiritualists

Guest writer JAREK ADAMS tells why Victorian magician John Nevil Maskelyne was the perfect subject for her new play

Hull's 10 Craziest Ghostly Myths and Legends Debunked!

MIKE COVELL casts his eye over his hometown's most enduring (and false) legends...

Discover the gender-swapping skeleton of St Osyth, Essex

Guest writer MO KEOHAN reveals how science revealed the real identity of an 'Essex witch' skeleton in St Oysth
Witch Cottage Pendle Hill

Was a mummied cat buried in secret Pendle Hill witches’ cottage?

BARRY McCann looks at 'Lancashire's Tutankhamen's Tomb' - a supposed witches' cottage near Pendle Hill that had been buried for unknown reasons...
Pendle Witch child Jennet Device

Jennet Device: Whatever happened to the Pendle Witch child?

BARRY McCANN investigates what became of the Pendle Witch child, Jennet Device, following her explosive testimony...

Shocking ‘child demonic possession’ cases in Medieval England that will horrify you

JON KANEKO-JAMES looks at historic cases of children possessed by demons
Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys’ fascination with the Paranormal and Dark Arts

JON KANEKO-JAMES reveals the paranormal side of historic London figure, Samuel Pepys

Horrific torture methods in Ireland through the ages

CHRIS RUSH looks at some of Ireland's most deadly and horrible torture methods used in history

The Bloody History of British Witches

Guest writer NIXIE VALE takes a look at the history of witchcraft through the ages...
The Mummy 1959

Mummy’s Curse, Howard Carter and one scared Norfolk copper

EDDIE BRAZIL unravels the so-called 'Curse of the Pharaohs' aka The Mummy's Curse!
Pendle Hill Witches Guide Sign

Pendle Witches Guide: Where in the Hill to find them

BARRY McCann charts a Pendle Witches Guide of Pendle Hill

Cromwell makes Devil pact to win Battle of Worcester

POLLYANNA JONES reveals a tale of how Oliver Cromwell used satanic forces to win the English Civil War Battle of Worcester
Mad Jack Mytton

Mad Jack Mytton – A riches to rags story

Mad Jack Mytton is a name that seems to crop up in many places in and around Shrewsbury. PHILIP DAVIES looks into the man behind the myth.

Is Stanmore North London’s most haunted suburb?

We look at shocking tales from Haunted Stanmore in North West London...

20 Spooky Things About Ireland’s Ancient East

CHRIS RUSH takes a look at some of the spooky and strange tales of the Ancient East of Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin

20 Spooky Fun Dublin Facts

ANN MASSEY tells us 20 fun Dublin facts that are dark and spooky!

What evil lurks inside the haunted St Osyth Witches Cage in Essex?

JON KANEKO-JAMES talks to John Fraser about his report into Essex's St Osyth Witches Cage
Nags Head Pub

Does cursed painting at Nags Head Pub Shrewsbury cause horror and insanity?

PHILIP DAVIES investigates alleged cursed painting on top floor of Shrewsbury's Nags Head Pub

Zombies! British and Irish Undead through History

M J Steel Collins shambles through the Undead in British and Irish tradition

Discover Meg Shelton, the Witch of Woodplumpton’s spooky grave

A boulder in a Lancashire burial ground marks the grave of Meg Shelton, but according to BARRY McCANN, the Witch of Woodplumpton may still walk the earth!
Witches Justice

Return to the “Witches” of Islandmagee, County Antrim

JANET QUINLIVAN goes to Islandmagee in Northern Ireland to see if its executed witches deserve an apology

Curse of the Brampton Witch’s Tea Set

BARRY McCANN looks at the hexed China that once belonged to a Cumbrian witch!

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