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 http://www.phenomenamagazine.co.uk