More weirdness in Phenomena Magazine

The second of my Spookology articles can be found in the latest Phenomena Magazine. This month I introduce one of my favourite characters in UK folklore, the Rev Edmund Jones, who was known as ‘The Old Prophet’ because of his bombastic and visionary preaching style. Jones, who died in 1793, wrote two little books stuffed with lore about ghosts and fairies, including a wealth of actual sightings made by his neighbours in the South Wales valleys. He even claimed to have seen apparitions himself; his wife had an argument with a ghost in a friend’s house; and his parents had experiences with the fairies. Jones is one of our earliest and most important sources for British fairylore and his ghost accounts are among the best attested and at the same time strangest we have from the early period of folklore collections. As well as introducing Edmund Jones, I highlight a few of the weirdest apparitions he set down for posterity.

Of course, there are far more attractions to the September 2001 issue than my small contribution. There is an in-depth and challenging exploration of crisis apparitions, details of a fascinating experiment at the notorious Woodchester Mansion, an obituary of the ufologist Budd Hopkins (plus a reprint of his last ever article, which happened to be for Phenomena) and lots of other UFO-related articles, including the strange story about an alien implant allegedly being found in the skull of Napoleon Bonaparte!

And, of course, all this goodness is free! Download the latest issue from


About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (, 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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