folklore, Monstrous May

#MonstrousMay Day 13: Monstrous Fish

Graphic and Prompt Credit: Johannes T. Evans The Monster Fish of Bomere Pool, Shropshire There's an amazing folktale from Shropshire, about a gigantic fish that acquired the sword (and sword belt) of Wild Eadric, an Anglo-Saxon lord who fought against the Normans during the conquest of the 11thC. There are variations of the tale that… Continue reading #MonstrousMay Day 13: Monstrous Fish

folklore, Monstrous May

Orkney & Shetland Folklore: Trows (#MonstrousMay Day 9: Trolls)

Graphic and Prompt Credit: Johannes T. Evans Trolls and Trows Just a short little post today! Trolls are Scandinavian in origin, but in the British Isles they show up mainly where there was extensive Norse settlement, like the Orkney Isles, where they are called trows. The trow is an ugly, mischievous creature that like in… Continue reading Orkney & Shetland Folklore: Trows (#MonstrousMay Day 9: Trolls)

folklore, Monstrous May

Bad Omen Birds in British Folklore (#MonstrousMay Day 8: Monstrous Birds)

Graphic and Prompts Credit: Johannes T. Evans I got stuck thinking about seagulls for this prompt. They are absolute monsters who will attack and steal your chips on any given day, like something out of a Hitchcock film. So I thought I would take a look at some Bad Birds for this prompt and THIS… Continue reading Bad Omen Birds in British Folklore (#MonstrousMay Day 8: Monstrous Birds)

folklore, nonfiction, vampires

Hungarian Cannibal Gang Case: 1782 (Part 1 of 2: The Sources)

In my research for the 18thC Slasher WiP I'm co-writing, now titled REDSTONE; OR, THE 'BLOODY BEACH' MURDERS, I came across a case of a cannibal gang reported in the Reading Mercury under the Foreign Affairs section. This article is the extended version of the report that came out in July 1782, detailing the execution… Continue reading Hungarian Cannibal Gang Case: 1782 (Part 1 of 2: The Sources)

folklore, Wales

British Killers and Cannibals in Folklore & Fiction: Influences for the Pendle Clan

I thought I'd do a "Spotlight" post on the eldritch clan at the heart of my first 3 novels (THE CROWS - main point of view from an outsider, THIRTEENTH and THE DAY WE ATE GRANDAD duology both from internal perspective) and look at the grisly things that influenced their creation. The concept is a… Continue reading British Killers and Cannibals in Folklore & Fiction: Influences for the Pendle Clan