Margaret Murray was a pioneering force in the development of Egyptology. The first female archaeology lecturer in Britain, she was a mentor to other women in the field, and a supporter of the suffragette movement.
In her autobiography, "My First One Hundred Years" (1963), she wrote "young males, even though brilliantly clever, should not pit their wits against an organisation run by women."
Each May Day in Padstow, Cornwall, a crowd chases the cavorting 'Obby 'Oss around the town as it tries to catch young maidens.
Black Shuck, the devil's dog, roams the countryside of East Anglia. To gaze into his single fiery eye is to face certain death, or illness, or actually be fine depending on who you ask. Tales of Old Shuck date back to the vikings, and he's the inspiration for a very famous hound.
In Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, a man or boy was selected on Plough Tuesday to become the Straw Bear. Led by his handler, the bear would march from house to house and made to dance in exchange for gifts of money, food or beer.
Just some scary tales and terrifying traditions from these ghastly isles.
The AOI were really helpful when I was negotiating pricing when I started my new books, so I was delighted to answer some questions about the whole process. Hopefully it's helpful for some folks!
You can read the interview here!
One of my most boring hobbies is walking around the woods and taking bad photos of logs and moss. But when I combined them with my recent Lord of the Rings drawings, MAGIC happens!