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Showing posts from August, 2014

Cat Vincent: The Slenderman

7.30pm for 8pm  Wednesday 8 October 2014 £3 / £2 concessions The Bell , 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East  Slenderman The Slenderman: born barely five years ago in an online Photoshop competition, this faceless creature's mythology rapidly spread across the internet, inspiring video series, Alternate Reality Games, stories... and nightmares. Earlier this year, its influence may have led to the attempted murder of a child by other children. A creature of pure fiction, drawing blood. Cat Vincent takes a look at the origins, evolution and implications of this most modern of monsters. Cat is currently a regular columnist at Spiral Nature (a series called ‘The Hype’) contributing editor to The Daily Grail , and have been published in two volumes of their Fortean journal Darklore .

Paolo Viscardi: Interpreting the Unusual

8pm (doors 7.30pm) Thursday 25 September 2014 £3 / £2 concessions. The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks , 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR From aliens and monsters to ghostly paintings, we interpret the unusual in our Slender-ish Man world according to what we find familiar in our culture. Explore some examples and explanations of the weird and wonderful that may say more about our society and our brains than about the supernatural. Paolo is a natural history curator at the fantastic  Horniman Museum , responsible for the fossil and bone collections. There may well be bones. His personal blog is Zygoma .

The London Urban Legends Walk

£3 / £2 concessions Thursday 28 August 2014 7.30pm Meet at the Spike on the south side of London Bridge. Join London Fortean Society host and author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube Scott Wood for more stories from the City and the East End stopping off at sites of ghosts, lost tube stations, witchcraft, the false history of 'London Bridge is Falling Down', why Jack the Ripper may just be an urban legend and of London’s most bigoted monument.  Meet 7.30pm on the south-side of London Bridge by the big concrete spike. Walk ends at the haunted Bell pub, Middlesex Street E1

6 August 2014: Charles Fort's 140th Birthday

The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile. The Book of the Damned An (even more) informal gathering (than usual) to celebrate the birthday of Charles Fort, the american writer who inspired the idea of being fortean. (Although others coined the term and started all the societies.) Beginning at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 August outside 39A Marchmont Street, Fort’s home in London, with a reading and toast (ale and cheese optional). Followed by a drink in his honour at the Marquis Cornwallis on Marchmont Street, a "Bloomsbury pub of grandiose proportions". All forteans and friends welcome. I am a collector of notes upon subjects that have diversity—such as deviations from concentricity in the lunar crater Copernicus, and a sudden appearance of purple Englishmen—stationary meteor-radiants, and a reported growth of hair on the bald head of a mummy—and "Did the girl swallow the octopus