The Battle Of Embo

As readers of this Blog will be aware, I am staying in Dornoch – Dornoch is where my Granny lives and Dornoch has remained a source of inspiration to me…

Church Grim // Black Shuck

In this Blog article I would like to write about Church Grims & Black Shuck – two Spectres that cannot be separated in my imagination. As readers of my blog…

The Dancing Plague of 1518

This story sounds like something straight out of fiction, but it’s well documented in 16th century historical records. In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history, The Dancing…

Roast Egg? …. Anyone?

Try this old Elizabethan recipe – but beware of explosions! A dish I am sure John Dee would have relished. A roast egg, according to the recipe, is cooked to…

First Stop In Prague

In 1576, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II chose Prague to be his home. More than any other person, Rudolf made Prague a hotbed of alchemical interest. Rudolf lived in the…

The Worst ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scheme Ever

Among get-rich-quick schemes, the nábrók, which directly translates as “necropants,” is one of the more extreme. Necropants, a replica of which can be found in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík,…

Cemetery Symbolism

Put aside everything horror movies have ever taught you about cemeteries and you’ll find that the final resting places of our dearly departed can be hauntingly beautiful bits of green space….