• Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

    New podcast! Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

    I’ve got a new podcast! Yes, I’ve talking about it for YEARS, but I’ve finally launched my own podcast and you can listen to the first few episodes… NOW! It’s called GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES and it’s about (surprise surprise) Welsh ghosts and folklore. It’s a bit like a Welsh X-Files in podcast form, but Mulder and Scully have merged into one person. I’ll be investigating a different weird and wonderful subject on each episode, based on the research for my books and articles including Ghosts of Wales and Curious Wales, as well as lots of exclusive bits you’ll never find anywhere else, some special guests and topical news…

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    Mark Rees: An update on live events and Paranormal Wales book launch

    We live in uncertain times which, sadly, means all of my talks and events have been postponed for the foreseeable future. This includes the planned book launch for Paranormal Wales which was published at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, and will now (hopefully) take place in the autumn. The one silver lining to the delay is that I can’t think of a better time to launch a book about Welsh ghosts than Halloween. I’ll do my best to make Nos Calan Gaeaf extra spooky this year. Of course, these are minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things, and my eternal thanks go to all of the heroes risking…

  • Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees

    New book Paranormal Wales OUT NOW!

    The wait is over! On Sunday, March 15, 2020, my spooky new book PARANORMAL WALES was unleashed upon the world, and should now be available in all good bookshops. Ahead of its release I did an interview with Jenny White for the Western Mail newspaper, and here are some of my answers about the book writing process: What inspired this book and, more broadly, what has inspired your fascination with the paranormal stories of Wales? I’ve been fascinated with ghost stories for as long as I can remember, but I have no idea when and why it started. Maybe it was during my school trips to Llangrannog which, as anyone…

  • The "most haunted" Prince of Wales pub in Kenfig. © Mark Rees / Paranormal Wales

    New book: Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees coming 2020

    I’m very excited to announce that the title of my next book will be PARANORMAL WALES. As the name suggests, it will be a spine-chilling quest in search of the country’s “most haunted” places and, unlike my previous Ghosts of Wales books, will be based on modern-day tales of things that go bump in the night. My aim with PARANORMAL WALES was to compare more recent first-hand accounts of strange phenomena with those from legend and folklore and, by doing so, to see if any connections emerged between the more superstitiously-minded past and the scientifically-minded present. It was also important that the majority of the locations could be easily visited…

  • Mark Rees with the Swansea Devil at Swansea Museum

    A Curious Night at the Museum with the Swansea Devil

    Is the Swansea Devil really cursed? There’s only one way to find out! I recently launched my new book, The A-Z of Curious Wales, with a “curious” night of entertainments at Swansea Museum. It was an evening of strange tales, spooky surprises, and, best of all, some new details about Old Nick himself were shared by those who joined in the festivities. SWANSEA MUSEUM Swansea Museum is one of my favourite places to visit in Swansea, and it was the obvious choice of venue in which to launch the book. It’s an institution which I’ve refereed to in the past as one of the city centre’s “holy trinity” of cultural…

  • The Swansea Devil | A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

    A “curious” night at Swansea Museum with Mark Rees

    Is the Swansea Devil really cursed? It sounds like an unlikely story, but to find out for certain, a world-exclusive paranormal experiment will be conducted at Swansea Museum to establish once and for all if there’s any truth to the legend. On Friday, August 2, 6.30pm, writer Mark Rees will launch his new book THE A-Z OF CURIOUS WALES with an evening’s entertainments at the historic venue. The author will be in conversation with Swansea Sound favourite Phil Hoyles, and will be joined by some special guests for an hour or so of storytelling, talks, and a few spooky surprises along the way. Also joining in the curious fun will…

  • The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

    New book ‘The A-Z of Curious Wales’ by Mark Rees OUT NOW!

    After months of blood, sweat and tears (OK, maybe not blood and sweat), my new book THE A-Z OF CURIOUS WALES is available now from all good bookshops. Published by The History Press, it’s an alphabetical journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and, as you might expect, I’ve got a suitably “curious” book launch lined up at Swansea Museum on Friday, August 2, 2019, 6.30pm – full details TBC soon. If you can’t make it to the Swansea date, fear not – I’ll be popping up in all sorts of places throughout the summer, and if you’d like a signed copy please let me know. The book…

  • The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

    NEW BOOK: The A-Z of Curious Wales is available for pre-order

    My next book The A-Z Of Curious Wales is available to pre-order… now! You can also have a sneak peek at a low-quality proof the cover (below), which might change before publication: Here’s the publisher’s blurb: The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees “Strange Stories of Mysteries, Crimes and Eccentrics. Why would revellers carry a terrifying horse’s skull on a pole door-to-door at Christmastime? Why is the cursed wall of Port Talbot protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy the town? How did a Swansea genius help to defeat Hitler by inventing a futuristic radar gun? From the origins of the red dragon on the flag…

  • Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees

    Spine-chilling Ghosts of Wales accounts on Folklore Thursday

    A murderer who returned from beyond the grave. The two-headed phantom which terrorised a community. Pesky poltergeists which haunted industrial workplaces. Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know that I’m a huge fan of Folklore Thursday, which sees folklore lovers from around the world sharing titbits of unusual beliefs and customs every Thursday using the #FolkloreThursday hashtag. But as well as being an ever-growing social media craze, Folklore Thursday is also one of the one best websites on the interweb, and is full of fascinating fortean articles about the weird and wonderful. In 2018, I contributed three pieces which relate to archive accounts published in Ghosts of Wales, and…

  • Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees

    Ghosts of Wales on the Weird Wacky Wonderful Stories Podcast

    Did I ever tell you about the real-life Scooby-Doo dog who hunted ghosts in Victorian Wales? No? Well, now you can hear all about it in an interview I recorded for the Weird Wacky Wonderful Stories Podcast. Hosts Shelly and Bella were kind enough to invite me on the show to chat about Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives, and lots of other paranormal subjects as well. Topics included ghost hunting TV shows and Wales’ “most haunted” places. I narrated some tales from the book, including some pesky farmyard poltergeists and “the two-headed phantom of Abersychan”, and it also gave me a chance to talk about some unpublished…