Regular Contributors


Deborah Hyde coordinates and production-manages in the film and TV industries, having specialised in  makeup and creature effects, and set construction. One of her fondest professional memories is getting caught in the middle of a power-cut in an abandoned hospital, surrounded by half-finished zombies.
Deborah has been interested in the supernatural ever since she can remember which she attributes to having spent too much time with mad aunties. Belief turned to analysis when she started to read more deeply, and she has been making good progress as a godless heathen ever since. She writes, speaks, and appears on media to discuss the belief in the malign supernatural (somebody else can do the angels and the fairy-godmothers), usually employing insights and context from history and psychology. She became Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic in 2012.


Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief

Professor Chris French writes the Reasonable Doubt column. He coedited the magazine between 2001 and 2011 with, in chronological order, Kate Holden, Julia Nunn, Victoria Hamilton and Lindsay Kallis. He also heads the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is a Professor of Psychology. Although he has published over a hundred scientific papers and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology, for the last decade or so his major focus of research has been the psychology of paranormal beliefs and ostensibly paranormal experiences.
He often appears on TV and radio programmes offering a sceptical perspective on paranormal and related claims and has recently started writing a regular column for the Guardian’s online science pages. He lives in Greenwich with his wife, two of his three wonderful daughters, his sister-in-law, his nephew, two cats, a dog and a guinea pig.

Founding Editor and former Editor-in-Chief

Wendy M Grossman writes the Skeptic at Large column and is a special advisor to The Skeptic. She founded the magazine in 1987.
Wendy is a professional writer specialising covering computers and tech: she has written for Scientific American, the Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Wired, and Wired News among many. She was a columnist for Internet Today until it closed in April 1997. She edited an anthology of interviews with leading computer industry figures taken from the pages of leading British computer magazine Personal Computer World called Remembering the Future, which was released in January 1997 by Springer Verlag

Mark Duwe writes the Galileo’s Doughnuts column. He is a web designer working mostly in advertising, but also teaches astronomy at evening class. He’s a qualified homoeopath (he didn’t take the final exam and passed with flying colours) and thinks reality is good enough without having to invent stuff.

Dr. Mike Heap is a clinical and a forensic psychologist who writes the Through a Glass Darkly column. He is the Chairman/Secretary and a founder member of ASKE, the Association for Skeptical Enquiry: this is a society for people from all walks of life who wish to promote rational thinking and enquiry, particularly concerning unusual phenomena, and who are opposed to the proliferation and misuse of irrational and unscientific ideas and practices. Mike is Editor of ASKE’s quarterly newsletter Skeptical Adversaria and its annual magazine Skeptical Intelligencer.

Reviews Editor

Paul Taylor is one of our two Reviews Editors. Paul is a professional musician. When he is not on the road with various jazz and Latin bands, he is developing and promoting two of his own inventions: The Blowpipes Trombone Trio, and Trombone Poetry, a solo project.

Reviews Editor

Jon Wainwright is one of our two Reviews Editors. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to the magazine

Contributing Picture Library

The Mary Evans Picture Library is based in Tranquil Vale, London and has a huge range of historical pictures for editorial and creative use. Mary (d. 2010) and Hilary Evans (d. 2011) curated an amazing archive, and generously allowed The Skeptic the right to reproduce images to illustrate the history of the supernatural: these appear in the magazine as The Hilary Evans Paranormal Picture Library. For the last five years, text accompanying the images has been produced by Deborah Hyde.


Phil McKerracher is an electrical engineer with expertise in embedded software development, software management and technical support in the telecommunications and financial industries. His hobby is playing the violin in amateur orchestras and chamber groups such as the Bromley Symphony Orchestra. Phil has been our webmaster for many years.