>Nights are closing in and so is Uncanny UK

>Hallowe’en is streadily approaching and so is the launch of the Uncanny UK website. The finishing tweaks and flourishes are just being made to it and it will go live (as opposed to undead) on October 31.

Once upon a time this date marked the end of the Celtic year and I’m beginning to understand why. The season has suddenly turned; it’s become much colder, damper, mistier and the light seems to drain out of the sky more quickly. Here in Britain, of course, the ‘clocks have gone back’ an hour and night is upon us almost indecently quickly.

Twilight, rather than midnight, seems the more usual time for ghosts to haunt, certainly out of doors. Twilight, like Hallowe’en, is a between time and this indeterminacy suits the supernatural: the barriers between the corporeal and incorporeal worlds have become less well defined. Twilight is now upon us at about 6pm, a time when there are plenty of people still about – so that ups the chances of more spooks being encountered.

In folklore in-between places, like bridge, stiles and crossroads were the favoured haunt of ghosts. If you really want to see a ghost, then, here’s my suggestion to offer you the best chance:

On Hallowe’en at twilight visit a crossroads with a bridge nearby and a stile leading off from at least one of its lanes. Don’t blame me, though, if your hair turns white (unless it’s already white, in which case don’t blame me if it stands on end and then falls out).

Much safer to stay in by your trusty computer and read all the articles about ghosts and other esoteric subjects you’ll find that evening at www.uncannyuk.co.uk

(Don’t forget in the meantime, to check out my other blog http://hauntedwales.blogspot.com)

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About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (www.uncannyuk.com), a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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