My plea for new writers for Uncanny UK got an immediate response from two people I’m delighted to have on board. Well-known Liverpudlian author of ghost books and graphic novels John Reppion got in touch to say he’d be happy to contribute some articles in the near future and Sussex-based Mark Davies sent me a feature off the cuff on a local dragon, which I have already uploaded here: http://www.uncannyuk.com/938/knucker-of-lymington/
One of the things I like about dragon stories is that they are often so localised to specific sites, which can still be visited. The story Mark has highlighted is unusual in that the dragon’s lair – a deep well called the ‘Knuckerhole’ – still survives. One of the things I most enjoyed when I first started researching the folklore of my own patch twenty-odd years ago is the unveiling of a kind of mythic landscape that goes with it. In your own mind you find yourself mapping out all the sites of folkloric or sacred significance and I’m sure Mark is already doing the same in Sussex, where he moved to just last year.
Mark runs a website with Laura, his paranormal research partner, detailing their investigations and it’s well worth a look: http://www.paranormalreason.com
I look forward – as I hope you will – to more articles from Mark shortly. In the meantime, please allow me to repeat my request: short articles on haunted sites, other locations with legendary significance in the UK, or aspects of British folklore are always welcomed. Please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.