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Deborah Hyde

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Deborah Hyde is former editor of The Skeptic and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She writes and lectures about belief in the malign supernatural, with special regard to the folklore, psychology and sociology behind belief.

The story of the Satanic Panic is a tale of religious and cultural paranoia in America

The Satanic Panic of the 1980s showed we don't actually need a real Satan - well-meaning, deluded and fervent people will do His work for Him.

The Battersea Poltergeist, and the role of the paranormal investigator

The Battersea Poltergeist demonstrates how supposedly supernatural phenomena need attention and validation to thrive

‘Startling Stories’, illustrating ‘Strangers on the Heights’ by Manly Wade Wellman

This cover of pulp magazine 'Startling Stories' from 1944 features a reanimated cadaver - a zombie, traceable to Haitian folklore

Monkey Business: humans aren’t alone in recognising a good bargain

Macaques have been observed trading tourists' possessions for food - showing humans aren't the only ones to understand good value

Have we seen the last of the vanishing phantom hitchhiker?

Familiarity and caution may have killed off the story of the phantom hitchhiker, but our draw towards creepy tales will always find an outlet.

‘Fisherman and Djinn’: Illustration by A Stieren in ‘Tausend und eine Nacht’

The latest image from the Hilary Evans Paranormal Library is for all of us who are frustrated at being unable to go to a pantomime this year and shout 'BEHIND YOU' at the tops of our voices.

Plagues and plots: throughout history, epidemics and conspiracy theories have gone hand-in-hand

From the anti-Semitic Flagellants of the Black Death to modern day 5G-hating COVID deniers, epidemics have always driven conspiracy theories.

Donald Rooum (1928 – 2019): Cartoonist, Campaigner and Skeptic

Deborah Hyde remembers the cartoonist, campaigner, skeptic and humanist Donald Rooum, creator of the long-running Sprite strip for The Skeptic.

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