Uncanny Book Club and Pic


Here is J Wentworth Day’s ‘Here Are Ghosts and Witches’, the 1954 first edition. I’ve always liked the sinister cover art by Michael Ayrton. Ayrton also provides some distinctive interior illustrations and, judging by his Wikipedia entry, seems to have been a highly regarded artist and eccentric personality: he has work in the Tate and the National among other galleries.

J Wentworth Day wrote several books on ghost-lore, of which ‘Ghosts and Witches’ was the first and perhaps the best. A proud East Anglian, Day wrote many more books devoted to the history and country pursuits of the Fens. He enjoyed talking to elderly country folk in isolated inns or while out in the marshes wildfowling and is therefore notable for his success in garnering information about a way of life that was on the verge of extinction even in the mid-20th century. In this way, he was also able to tap into a great deal of folklore that would otherwise have been lost, including some first or second-hand accounts of encounters with ghosts. These Day renders in the local dialect, not only with authenticity but also often with great humour.

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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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