Paranormal

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

Fairies Dancing in a Ring

This image of fairies dancing in a ring comes dates from around 1600 and was in its original form a woodcut, before appearing in an issue of The Strand magazine in 1892.

The Atacama mummy: putting together the pieces of an “Archaeology bombshell”

While the Daily Express recently declared mummified remains found in the Atacama Desert to be an "Archaeology bombshell", Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity offers an alternate explanation.

Electrician Sheds Light on Viral Birmingham Ghost Mystery

Hayley Stevens explains how the recent ghost captured on a Birmingham CCTV camera may have a far more mundane explanation.

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft

Deborah Hyde reports from the Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them?

  This is the deceptively simple question I ask at the beginning of every episode of the Haunted podcast. The show features ghost stories that...

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,...

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:...

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