Welcome to a new writer – Mark Davies

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: editor@uncannyuk.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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