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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.

Hilary Evans Paranormal Picture Library: We Can Dance If We Want To

From the Hilary Evans Paranormal Picture Library, Pieter Brueghel’s drawing illustrates victims of a neurological condition, then called Saint Vitus Dance, going on a pilgrimage to Echternach

Hilary Evans Paranormal Picture Library: The Amherst Poltergeist

The latest image from the Hilary Evans Paranormal Library shows us the house in Amherst, Novia Scotia, which in 1878 was the scene of reported poltergeist activity.

‘A Mystery to Ourselves’: from the Witches of Warboys, to an epidemic of Tik Tok tics

Our lives, our peers and the times we live in can have compelling effects on the afflictions we experience - whether those afflictions are physical, or psychological

Behind the times: living in a modern era doesn’t inoculate us against believing in curses

Belief in the supernatural doesn’t thrive or decline by decree - even in a technological society such as ours, superstition can take hold

Hilary Evans Paranormal Picture Library: The two ghosts of Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle is a great place to visit... even if you don't believe in its two ghosts: the White Lady and Tom 'Fool' Skelton.

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

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