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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.

Behaving Like Animals

  Tessa Kendall looks at primatologist Frans de Waal’s work to muse upon the origin of our better natures Is human nature a beast that needs...

Vampires

A Bohemian Vampire meets its end From Les Tribunaux Secrets (1864) By R. de Montaine Guest Contributor: Deborah Hyde The original vampire folklore came from central & eastern...

Kelpie

Kelpie & Lover Warwick Goble The Book of Fairy Poetry (1920) Guest Contributor: Deborah Hyde ‘Water Horses’ of all varieties were usually reckoned to be male. Freshwater kelpies,...

The Tedworth Drummer

Frontispiece to the third edition of Saducismus Triumphatus (1700) Joseph Glanvill Courtesy of the Mary Evans Picture Library The tale of the 'Tedworth Drummer' is a classic poltergeist...

Possession

Guest Editor: Deborah Hyde Many cultures and religions contain some concept of demonic possession, but the details vary considerably. Although the collection known as 'The...

I Swear by Almighty God

A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO I was invited to be part of a radio show discussing proposals that the oath taken in the...

Homeopathy & Witchcraft

“Homeopathy is witchcraft” said Dr Tom Dolphin, deputy chairman of the BMA’s junior doctors committee at their annual conference in May. It seems the...

A Quorum of Quacks

For those of you who have never been festooned with so may needles that you looked like a archery target in fairyland, or else...

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