Title: The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain and Northern Ireland
Writer: Various edited by Maria J. Perez Cuervo
Publishing House: Hellebore
Date of Publication: December 2021
Rating: 5 stars
This beautiful (BEAUTIFUL, I TELL YOU!!!!) guide is an outstanding journey within the heart of Britain and Northern Ireland and all their magical, witchy, ritualistic, occult glory! From London to the Hebrides, from Cardiff to Belfast, this is THE source and a necessary gem for every folklore lover.
- Bodmin Moor and its demonic ghosts.
- The Merry Maidens of Boleigh.
- The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle.
- The haunting, devilish, beautiful landscape of Dartmoor, the legends of the Lych Way, the power of Vixen Tor. And the footsteps of a gigantic hound…
- The sacred mysticism of Glastonbury.
- Gerald Gardner’s New Forest coven that tried to protect Britain from the terror of a Nazi invasion.
- The Devil’s appearances in Sussex.
- The ravens of the Tower of London and the sacred London Stone. The occult journey in Bloomsbury, the churches created by the famous (and infamous…) Nicholas Hawksmoor, the frenzy of the Highgate Vampire.
- The innocent blood of the women who were murdered because they were ‘’witches’’, the enigmatic George Pickingill, the eerie Osea Island’s Causeway.
- The spirits of the fens of East Anglia.
- The mystery of Wychbury Hill, the presence of Molly Leigh, the legend of Wild Eric.
- The curse of Black Annis
- The secrets of Alderley Edge, the strange legacy of Maxine and Alex Sanders, the saga of the so-called Pendle Witches, the Fairy Stepd of Cumbria.
- The cultural legacy of Whitby (I mean, can’t you NOT love Dracula’s Steps?), the ruins of Gisborough Priory, the ghosts of victims and attackers echoing in Lindisfarne.
- The Day of Judgement depicted in the Church of St Issui in Powys, the traces of Merlin and the battle between the Red Dragon and the White beneath Dinas Emrys in Gwynedd, the ghosts of Anglesey.
- The story of the Witches of North Berwick, the Horror of Glamis, the spectre of Ben Macdui in the Highlands, the legend of Isobel Gowdie, the mists of Iona.
- The traces of the Cailleach in Armagh, the English propaganda that attempted to link the fight for freedom with ‘’satanic groups and covens’’, the cries of the Banshee.
This is THE book. Enough said. Not to mention that I discovered a wonderful array of folklore TV series that will keep some much-needed spooky company!
Reggie Chamberlain – King (Northern Ireland)
Elizabeth Dearnley (Scotland)
Verity Holloway (South East, East Anglia, London)
Maria J. Perez Cuervo (South West, Wales, Film and TV locations, Literary locations)
John Reppion (North East, North West)
Katy Soar (East Midlands, West Midlands)