Now and again I stumble upon something that upon further investigation, reveals a fascinating and forgotten history that gets me very excited! Whilst trying to find out about the “War Stone” in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, I was surprised to learn of a legend between two battling giants, and a castle that has long disappeared from the maps. Have a read, here.
This decoration would be made by the men working in the fields after a long day cutting corn, and worn in their jackets or hats when they went to the village dance at the end of the harvest. It is said that if a lass caught their eye, they would give her his favour as a gift! Learn how to make your own in a few easy steps, here.
The Spooky Isles are publishing plenty of chilling stories to keep you entertained this October. “The Curse of Raggedstone Hill” is a legend from the Malvern Hills, and tells of a dreadful shadow that dooms any that fall within it. You can read it here.
Pick up your free pdf download of this month’s Celtic Guide magazine, featuring all manner of monster tales from around the Celtic Kingdoms at the CG Website, here.
My contribution features something strange from the Cairngorms of Scotland.
If you prefer a hard copy, you can purchase these off Amazon.com. Many are now reduced in price, so do snap up a bargain whilst you can!
I’ve completed a step-by-step guide to help you make your own beautiful corn dolly. These are brilliant decorative pieces for the harvest period, and also make wonderful gifts. If you can plait, you can make one of these! Full instructions can be found here.
The Spooky Isles has published an article on Black Vaughan, a terrible character from Herefordshire that caused woe and despair even after death. Read it in full, here.
You can now pick up the first copy of the exciting Mythology Magazine on Amazon as a print issue. Crammed with brilliant articles on mythology from around the world, I’m proud to have contributed with an article on Merrows; mysterious sea-people, found in Irish folklore.
Don’t delay, grab a copy today!
“Aiming low, he picked out targets near the front of the approaching mob with his bolter which slowed the charge a little as the orks behind stumbled to get past their fallen. Sisera stood behind them, aiming over their heads; target areas calculated in milliseconds to cause maximum damage. Dozens of xenos exploded in showers of green pulp. As the murderous tide of orkish fury charged towards them, the three Ultramarines unleashed the wrath of Ultramar. But it was not enough.”
I’m a big fan of Warhammer. The lore, the miniatures, the game. My geekery knows no bounds! From time to time I dabble in fiction inspired by the science-fiction and fantasy settings, and this short story is from the Warhammer 40,000 universe, pitching the mighty Ultramarines against Orks. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
The Rowan, or Mountain Ash, has long been praised in folklore for its magical properties. A necklace from the berries is said to protect the wearer. You can find out more and learn how to make your own in this article.
“Once upon at time, far away, there was a deep dark forest, called the Forest of Feckenham. It was so dark, that in the deepest parts, the sunshine never reached the ground through the trees, and it was there that a goblin lived.”
A short story, perfect for bedtimes. You can find it in full, here.