Author Archives: UncannyUK

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.

Uncanny UK has been hacked!

Apologies to anyone who has tried to visit Uncanny UK recently and found themselves unable to view the site. We’re not quite sure what’s going on but it looks like it might have been hacked by some Wonga-type outfit. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Fantastic collection of illustration

Just discovered the entire online catalogue of the sale of Michael Winner’s collection of children’s illustration, sold at Sotheby’s in December last year. Oh, how I would have loved to have owned his Tiggers Don’t Climb Trees. http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2012/the-art-of-illustration-l12409/lot.1.html

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Got the proof

Just about to start work on proofing my next four regional ghost guides. These are for Cumbria, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and the whole of Scotland (I’d argued for Lowlands and Highlands & Islands but the publishers didn’t think they could afford … Continue reading

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Richard Freeman’s further foray into spooky fiction

I’ve written a review of cryptozoologist Richard Freeman’s extraordinary volume of 25 strange tales about the Japanese Yokai, ‘Hyakumonogatri’. It’s not appeared yet on the listing, so here is my review in full: “Cryptozoologist Richard Freeman has suddenly launched himself … Continue reading

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Humour with Hitch

I can’t help but love Alfred Hitchcock, despite the rumours of his bullying treatment toward some of his female stars. Quite aside from being the best director never to win an Oscar, I love his lugubrious demeanour and black sense … Continue reading

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Time for a coffee break!

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I’m really under the cosh currently, writing a host of little regional ghost guides for publishers Bradwell Books. These three have just been published. The Cheshire one was fun to do: Chester is only about 10 miles from where I … Continue reading

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