Happy St David's Day/Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus. I'm late posting this, but let me rectify it by offering you a recipe for Welsh Cakes and Crempogau (Welsh Pancakes). The recipe for crempogau is (apparently) one of the oldest in Wales. They aren't like crepes or American pancakes and take about 55mins to make so allow… Continue reading Happy St David’s Day!
Introduction The vampires of Wales are few and far between, and Aaron only looks at novels featuring vampires set in the Welsh borders. In this post, I start by looking at some of the vampire/vampiric lore in Wales, from Arawn's doomed men of the Hunt to seriously weird tales of vampiric furniture, and then at… Continue reading #AmReading: Wales, Land of the Living Dead III: Welsh Vampire Lore & Vampire Lit (1940s-1997)
Introduction In the previous post we looked at texts featured in Chapter 1 of Jane Aaron's Welsh Gothic, and very briefly at the postcolonial framing of some of these narratives. This post looks at the ghost stories and dark tales that were associated with different parts of Wales, used as inspiration for the Gothic tales of… Continue reading #AmReading: Cambria Gothica II: Welsh Ghostlore & Folklore before 1830
Here's some Welsh Gothic fiction from the 1780s-1820s: the next post (Thursday) features the hauntings and folklore related to these tales!
The following folklore is, like Pagham-on-Sea, entirely fictional. A Medieval Account of the Meteor Strike, c.1189 Chronica Maiora (Anonymous monk of Fairwood Abbey, a Benedictine foundation of 1165, dissolved 1532) trans. and ed. Harold Bishop, (Basingstoke University Press, 1973) In the days of the Romans, a hairy-tailed star fell from heaven and struck the ground… Continue reading Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea: The Meteor (Part 1)