The Haunted Landscape: Magic and Monsters of the British Isles

 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren’t go a-hunting, For fear of little men… – Paul Devereux

The year grows darker. The London Fortean Society and friends return to the Haunted Landscape, a one-day symposium on the folklore, magic and monsters of the British Isles and beyond. Authors, experts and researchers discuss the undead, fairies, witchcraft, witches and their familiars and magic of the common folk.

The Rites of Autumn – Doc Rowe

Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft – Brian Hoggard

The Croglin Grange Vampire – Deborah Hyde

Fairies: A Dangerous History – Richard Sugg

Witches and their familiars – Victoria Carr

Medieval Graffiti – Crystal Hollis

In this unique illustrated presentation, Paul Devereux will be our tour leader through the haunted landscape, touching on topics such as death roads, spirit ways, fairy paths, ghosts, and actual encounters with ‘other-than-humans’, including his own. It’s all the real stuff.

Paul Devereux is a prolific book author, with 27 mainstream books published, some of them international titles. Among many others, titles have included Secrets of Ancient and Sacred Places, Re-Visioning the Earth, The Sacred Place, The Long Trip, Sacred Geography and Lucid Dreaming.

Along with academic papers, he has also published a great many articles for popular publications, including Readers Digest, Time-Life, New Scientist, Focus, Financial Times, Prediction, etc. He is a correspondent for Fortean Timeswith his bi-monthly popular archaeology column. He is the co-founding managing editor of the academic Routledge publication, Time & Mind – The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture.

Fairies: A Dangerous History – Richard Sugg

In Britain, fairies filled the landscape. They haunted rivers and seas; the air; and the earth beneath your feet. Almost anything strange in nature belonged either to fairies or the devil. People saw them, heard them, and even smelled them. In Wales they appeared at local markets and forced up prices. Sightings of fairies in the British countryside have been recounted by the most unlikely witnesses, well into the era of living memory. In Ireland especially, fairy paths, trees and forts were treated with intense reverence. If you accidentally built your house across a fairy path, you might slice a corner off the building, or abandon it altogether. And it was in Ireland that folklore met the strangest fringes of real terror. For the many disturbances credited to angry fairies were in fact the work of real poltergeists.

Richard Sugg is the author of eight books, including Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires (2015), A Century of Ghost Stories (2017) and A Singing Mouse at Buckingham Palace (2017) and Fairies: A Dangerous History (21019). He lives in Cardiff.

The Croglin Grange Vampire – Deborah Hyde

In 1875, a flame-eyed creature picked at the lead in a windowpane to let himself in to a remote, rented farmhouse in Cumberland. Thus started a campaign of menace against a young woman: a campaign which only stopped when her brothers tracked the creature down to its resting place in a local crypt. The Beast of Croglin Grange has entered our folklore as one of England’s very few homegrown vampires. So let’s take a look at the story see if we can work out what really happened.

Deborah Hyde wants to know why people believe in the malign supernatural, approaching the subject using the perspectives of psychology, sociology and history. She writes and lectures extensively about superstition, cryptozoology, religion and belief in the paranormal, with special regard to dark folklore. Deborah is Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic magazine ( and is a fellow of The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. @jourdemayne

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2019-11-23 10:00 2019-11-23 10:00 Europe/London The Haunted Landscape: Magic and Monsters of the British Isles The London Fortean Society and friends return to the Haunted Landscape, a one-day symposium on the folklore, magic and monsters of the British Isles and beyond. Conway Hall,25 Red Lion Square,London,London

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