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Strange December Book Fair: UFOs, Ghosts, Zombies and Much More

Christmas should be stranger. Join London Fortean Society for an afternoon of talks on ghosts, UFO art, voodoo, the world's first amphibious baby and much more. There will be book sales, stalls pizza and beer to mark the darkening days before Yule. Saturday 1 December 2018 12pm-6pm £15 / £10 concessions ( advance tickets ) Black Magic Friday! All tickets £10 this weekend Backyard Bar and Kitchen , 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0EL Train & Tube: Bethnal Green Tube: Whitechapel / Train: Cambridge Heath Speakers include: Cathi Unsworth - Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? Sophia Kingshill - The Mermaid’s Tale David Clarke - In the Eye of the Beholder: UFO Artwork Susan Owens - The Appearance of Ghosts John Cussans - Bond's Black Ops: Graham Greene, Papa Doc and Loa OS 22 Thomas Morris -  Diagnosis: Unexplained Stall to be confirmed Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? Cathi Unsworth is the author of six pop-cultural crime novels based on real-life unsolve

Concealed and Revealed: Magic in the post-medieval home?

7.45pm Thursday 29 November 2018 £4 / £2 concessions This event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who  has booked, we shall attempt to rebook Ceri as early as possible for this fascinating talk.  The Bell , 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East Post-medieval houses yield many mysterious finds. Old shoes up chimneybreasts; garments secreted away in roofs; mummified cats bricked up in walls. It is probable that these objects were deliberately concealed during the 18th and 19th centuries. though researchers do not know the beliefs or motivations behind this.  Dr Ceri Houlbrook, Researcher in Folklore and History at the University of Hertfordshire, explores the many educated guesses have been made, and how such objects are viewed and treated today, once the concealed is revealed 7.45pm Thursday 29 November 2018 £4 / £2 concessions  This event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who  has booked, we shall attempt t

Unexplained Podcast presents: The Hexham Heads

Summer 1971, in the small north-eastern Market Town of Hexham in England. Two young boys are digging about in the garden when they discover a pair of strange heads, formed of an unknown substance. 7.15pm Wednesday 14 November 2018 £5 plus booking fee This event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who  has booked, we shall attempt to rebook Richard as early as possible for this fascinating talk.  Conway Hall , 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Tube: Holborn Directions Facebook event page After bringing the heads into their home, a series of peculiar events ensues: The heads seem to move themselves around the room and strange creatures are witnessed stalking the homes of anybody that houses the bizarre artefacts. Despite a number of prominent academics having attempted to identify their provenance, none could provide a definitive answer. Were they, as some believed, of a pagan, Celtic origin; ancient idols worshipped by an obsessive Cult of the Head? Or were they merely

Where the Light Gets In: The Occult Roots of Computing

Cyberpunk has unexpectedly occult roots; virtual and augmented reality enable the supernatural and the mythic within science fiction; and personal computing is built on 1960s psychedelic utopianism.  THE GLITCHED RAINBOW HEAD OF PHILIP K DICK by TORLEY on flickr Tuesday 6 November 2018 8pm (doors 7.45pm) £5 / £2 concessions  This event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who  has booked. The Miller , 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS Tube & Rail: London Bridge Tube: Borough Event Facebook page Al Robertson will talk about how the weird pervades modern technology, as a jumping-off point for a discussion about how myth, magic and unreason might force themselves into the futures we’re all building. Al says "I’m a writer, poet and occasional musician. I’ve published two novels with Gollancz. My first book, Crashing Heaven  is about an accountant of the future, a psychotic virtual ventriloquist’s dummy and the sentient corporations who are perse