• Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast - the History of Halloween / Nos Calan Gaeaf

    The History of Halloween: Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP18 The History of Halloween Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) for a whirlwind tour through the history of Halloween! From ancient Celtic festivals to modern-day America, this concise journey through the dark past of the spookiest day of the year takes a look at such questions as: Where did Halloween originate? What vital role did Christianity play in things? How did America put its own stamp on the holiday? Why do we carve pumpkins on October 31st? Does trick-or-treating have its roots in praying for the souls of the dead? What does the Welsh harvest festival Nos Calan Gaeaf have to do with Halloween? And…

  • Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees, author of Ghosts of Wales and host of Ghosts & Folklore podcast

    Signed Ghosts of Wales and Paranormal Wales books available NOW from The Comix Shoppe

    The Comix Shoppe in Swansea now stocks signed books by Mark Rees, with Ghosts of Wales and Paranormal Wales available just in time for Halloween The Comix Shoppe in Swansea – Wales’ finest comic shop! – has long been the place to go for comic books, action figures, RPG games and more. Now, you can also pick up a spooky supernatural book at the same time – and a signed book at that! What signed books are available from The Comix Shoppe? At the time of writing (October 2020) there are signed copies of two books available: Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives (The History Press, 2017) Paranormal…

  • Corpse Candles in a haunted Welsh cemetery - Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

    Devil’s Bridge: Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP17 The Devil’s Bridge Did Satan really build a bridge in Wales – the notorious Devil’s Bridge – in exchange for the soul of an old Welsh woman? Find out in the real story behind the folk tale from haunted Wales. In this episode of the GHOSTS & FOLKLORE podcast, join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) for a journey in search of Satan himself who, it is claimed, built a bridge over a great chasm in exchange for the soul of an old Welsh widow. Dare you cross the Devil’s Bridge? This story is one of Wales’ most popular folk tales, and while it might…

  • Illustrated Tales of Wales by Mark Rees - a book of Welsh folklore, myths and legends

    Illustrated Tales of Wales, a new book of Welsh folklore, myths and legends from Mark Rees

    Cover reveal and publication date for new book of Welsh folklore, myths and legends I’m very pleased to announce that my new book, Illustrated Tales of Wales, has a cover and a release date. The book was originally due to be published in August 2020 but, as well all now know, 2020 hasn’t quite gone the way anyone expected. The release date was bumped back until the end of 2020, and then the start of the next year, but I can now confirm that – fingers crossed! – it will be hitting the shelves of all good bookshops on June 15, 2021. To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak preview…

  • Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast on Amazon Music

    Ghosts & Folklore from Wales podcast now available on Amazon Music

    Amazon Music users can now listen to the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast on all of their devices. The Ghosts of Folklore of Wales podcast can now be streamed and downloaded on Amazon Music. That means you’ve now got even more places to listen to the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghosts and folklore! It has long been available to users of other popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Google (full list here), but now you can just ask Amazon to play some spooky Ghosts of Wales yarns and it will do just that. Best of all, it’s just in time for Halloween…