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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.

Werewolves

  A werewolf attacks a man Hans Baldung Grien From Die Emeis (1516) Guest Contributor: Deborah Hyde Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1445-1510), the ‘Doctor Keisersperg’ of the caption above,...

RIP Hitch

Anthony Burns ruminates on Hitch’s persistent preoccupations, and wonders aloud about that supposed move from left to right “For a lot of people, their first...

Can You Catch Morgellons from the Internet?

Natasha Byrne investigates the role of a very modern medium in the proliferation of a very modern condition It’s enough to make your skin crawl:...

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...

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