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Podcast: Folklore of the Sea: From nautical spirit candles to Davy Jones’ Locker

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EP45 Folklore of the Sea: Spooky spirit candles, soul-stealing Devils, clairvoyant cats and Davy Jones’ Locker – explore the weird and wonderful Welsh coast on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

From nautical corpse candles to swashbuckling Devils, explore the folklore of the high seas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

In times gone by, the brave seafaring men who set sail from Wales needed all the help they could get for a trouble-free voyage. What would the weather be like? Would it be calm sailing? And were there any evil entities in the waves looking to cause them mischief?

In the folklore-packed episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast, author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) explores many an old tradition and superstition, include:

• Feline folklore in which cats could be used to predict the future

• The origin of the expression Davy Jones’ Locker

• Defending yourself from evil spirits

• How the Devil would sail the seas in search of souls to take back to the underworld

• The ghosts who ride the white-waves during stormy weather

• And even some handy uses for what Richard Burton described as Welshman’s caviar – laverbread.

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast: Folklore of the Sea (Gower Peninsula)

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP44 The Haunted Mansion; or, a Cardiff Ghost Story: A lady in grey is one of the many paranormal guests haunting a Victorian house. Let’s go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this “folklore of the sea” podcast? Read lots more tales in The A-Z of curious Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other weird and wonderful books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Click here to order The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Podcast: A Cardiff Ghost Story; or, The Haunted Mansion

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP44 A Cardiff Ghost Story; or, The Haunted Mansion: A lady in grey is one of the many paranormal guests haunting a Victorian house. Let’s go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

Who is the mysterious Lady in Grey haunting Victorian Cardiff?

A Cardiff Ghost Story: In October 1893, strange events were reported in the village of Tongwynlais.

The country house owned by Mr and Mrs Lewis was said to be haunted by many a ghost, including the so-called Lady in Grey who was heard, felt, and even seen – yes, a full body apparition.

Her activity included wrapping an arm around an unsuspecting victim, stomping around in her high-heeled shoes, and there were even accounts of clairvoyance and visions being sent from the home.

What does it all mean? Luckily, one witness turned ghost hunter and recorded the details for the press….

It’s time to join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) and go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: A Cardiff Ghost Story

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP43 Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of the ellyllon, Wales’ mischievous fairy folk, and a folk tale from Cardiff on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast. These are not your Lord of the Rings elves!

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this episode? Read more Victorian spine-chilling stories in Ghosts of Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other spooky books – is available now from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

Published in 2017 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

“Do you believe in ghosts? Then attend to my story! Laugh as we may at the idea of ghosts, people do believe in ghosts, and fear them.”

This book – Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives – reveals for the first time more than 50 hair-raising – and in some cases, comical – real life accounts from Wales dating from 1837 to 1901.

Unearthed from the newspaper archives, they include chilling prophecies from beyond the grave, poltergeists who terrorised the industrial communities, and more than a few ingenious hoaxes along the way.

Click here to order Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees

Podcast: Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of Wales’ mischievous fairy folk

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP43 Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of the ellyllon and a folk tale from Cardiff on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast. These are not your Lord of the Rings elves!

The Secret Origins of the Ellyllon, Wales’ mischievous fairy folk 

If you think all elves are tall and noble like in a J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth book or a Games Workshop Warhammer game, think again!

The ellyllon – Welsh fairy folk – are small and goblin-like, dwelling in misty and sleepy hollows where they can help you make your fortune, or take it away again at the drop of a hat.

But how can you tell them apart from the other fairies, y twylwyth teg?

For all the secrets join journalist and author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) who goes in search of the secret origins of the elves on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast, which includes an old tale discovered in Victorian Cardiff about the elf who helped a down-on-his-lick farmer.

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP42 The Ghost Ship Mystery: Invisible boats dock at the harbour, while phantom funerals are seen in the graveyard at night. What does it all mean?

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this elvish podcast? Read lots more eerie tales in The A-Z of curious Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other weird and wonderful books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Click here to order The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Podcast: The Ghost Ship Mystery: Invisible boats dock and phantom funerals

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP42 The Ghost Ship Mystery: Invisible boats dock at the harbour, while phantom funerals are seen in the graveyard at night. What does it mean? The Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast goes exploring!

Mystery of the Ghost Ship and Phantom Funeral 

The town of Milford Haven is well-known for its harbour.

What might be less well-known are the eerie ghost ships which are said to dock there at night. Oh, and there’s also been sightings of a phantom funeral nearby. 

Is there a connection between these two real-life ghost stories?

To find out more, journalist and author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) explores the spooky history of the town, which is also known as a favoured spot of the tylwyth teg, the Welsh fairy folk.

Can you solve the mystery? Tune in to episode 42 of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast now… if you dare!

Did you catch last week’s devil goats (yes, devil goats!) episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP41 Devil Goats: Can a goat really be possessed by an evil entity? In this cautionary folk horror fairy tale, a Welsh farmer finds out the hard way.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this ghost-filled podcast? Read lots more sppoky tales in Paranormal Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

PARANORMAL WALES by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by Amberley Publishing, here’s the blurb:

Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track.

Podcast: Devil Goats: A folk horror fairy tale from Wales

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP41 Devil Goats: Can a goat really be possessed by an evil entity? In this cautionary folk horror fairy tale, a Welsh farmer finds out the hard way on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

Beware the Devil Goats!

They might look friendly enough, but you should never mess with a goat.

We’ve all heard tales of how they might – just might – be in league with the Devil or some other diabolical characters, and it pays to keep on their good side.

As this cautionary folk horror fairy tale reveals, a Welsh farmer who acted rashly pays a heavy price for his actions, which culminates in one of the most terrifying goat-related scenes ever to be committed to a podcast.

In episode 41 of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast, journalist and author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) reveals all in this atmospheric tale from the archives.

Tune in now… if you dare!

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales: Devil goats, a Welsh folk horror fairy tale

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP40 The Haunted Highway: A phantom coach and ice-cold apparitions have been haunting a lonely Welsh road for centuries. It’s time to go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this folk horror podcast? Read lots more eerie tales in The A-Z of curious Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other weird and wonderful books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Click here to order The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Podcast: The Haunted Highway – A Ghosts of Wales tale

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP40 The Haunted Highway: A phantom coach and ice-cold apparitions have been haunting a lonely Welsh road for centuries. It’s time to go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast!

The Haunted Highway: Phantom Coaches and the Ice-cold Ghosts

For centuries, a phantom coach has been spotted travelling along the same Welsh road.

And while the times might have changed, this carriage with it’s black horses and eerie passenger continue to travel at speed after night has fallen.

If that wasn’t eerie enough, ghostly women have also been seen along the same route, seemingly waiting for their coach to arrive. 

What does it all mean?

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) for a paranormal investigation on episode 40 of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast … if you dare!

Did you catch last week’s St David’s Day episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP39 The Magic Power of Leeks: Fight evil spirits with Wales’ national vegetable and explore the darker side of St David’s Day history and traditions.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this spooky podcast? Read lots more eerie tales in Paranormal Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

PARANORMAL WALES by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published by Amberley Publishing, here’s the blurb:

Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track.

Podcast: St David’s Day Special: The Magic Power of Leeks

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP39 The Magic Power of Leeks: Fight evil spirits with Wales’ national vegetable and explore the darker side of St David’s Day history and traditions on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

St David’s Day is celebrated in Wales and around the world on March 1, but why do people wear a leek to commemorate Wales’ patron saint?

Welsh folklore tells us that the leek has many important historical uses, from winning wars to fighting off evil spirits, and all is revealed by Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) on this St David’s Day special of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

Oh, and there’s also a darker side to St David’s Day traditions which are more Halloween than Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant, and a visit to the cemetery on this holiest of days could reveal corpse candles and more strange omens lurking in the shadows.

Press play to find out more… if you dare!

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast St David's Day special: The Magic Powers of Leeks

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil, a poison fish and a real-life “Dracula” are lurking in the shadows.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this St David’s Day podcast? Read lots more miraculous tales in The A-Z of curious Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other weird and wonderful books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Click here to order The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Podcast: Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures from Wales

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil, a poison fish and a real-life “Dracula” are lurking in the shadows on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

There are strange creatures lurking in the Vale of Neath.

Vampires, witches, dog demons and the Devil, not to mention the poison fish and the magical frog.

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he goes in search of the weird and wonderful entities that inhabit Wales’ “waterfall country” and home of the Welsh fairies, y tylwyth teg, in which the sound of a vampires can be heard sucking through walls, and diabolical calves follow farm workers home at night.

So stock up on garlic, place that crucifix around your neck, and press play on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast… if you dare!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP37 Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales: Evil spirits from the “invisible world” attack unsuspecting victims in Wales’ oldest “real-life” ghost stories on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this Vampires of the Valley podcast? Read more strange tales in The A-Z of curious Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other spooky books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

Click here to order The A-z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Podcast: Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales; or, Evil Spirits from the “Invisible World”

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP37 Pesky Poltergeists from the “invisible world” attack unsuspecting victims in Wales’ oldest “real-life” ghost stories

Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) for some eerie tales of “evil spirits” – what we might call poltergeists nowadays – from Wales’ oldest collection of “real-life” ghost stories.

Dating from as far back as the seventeenth century, these “most haunted” tales are as old as they are just as terrifying. Because not only do these apparitions go bump in the night, they hurl missiles and even beat the unsuspecting clergy.

To find out more about these pesky poltergeists from the “invisible world,” press play now on the Ghosts of Wales podcast… if you dare!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP36 Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes: A haunting (and unromantic!) real-life ghost story for Valentine’s Day on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more Victorian ghost stories in Ghosts of Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other spooky books – is available now from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

Published in 2017 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

“Do you believe in ghosts? Then attend to my story! Laugh as we may at the idea of ghosts, people do believe in ghosts, and fear them.”

This book – Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives – reveals for the first time more than 50 hair-raising – and in some cases, comical – real life accounts from Wales dating from 1837 to 1901.

Unearthed from the newspaper archives, they include chilling prophecies from beyond the grave, poltergeists who terrorised the industrial communities, and more than a few ingenious hoaxes along the way.

Click here to order Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees

Podcast: Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP35 Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes

Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes

In this long-lost ghost story from the archives, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) explores a real-life account of an apparition which haunted the sublime lakes and mountains of Wales.

It was one moonlit night that a Victorian painter, who was in Wales to capture the romantic landscapes, discovered something far more haunting. The spectre itself, however, would be the least of his worries, for this haunted spot was also steeped in eerie tales of death omens and deals with the Devil.

To find out all the diabolical details, press play now on the Ghosts of Wales podcast… if you dare!

Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast?

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the 'island of love.'

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP35 The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn: Have you heard fairy music playing in the woods at night? What would happen if you followed it? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!.

For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read more Victorian ghost stories in Ghosts of Wales!

Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other spooky books – is available now from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

Published in 2017 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

“Do you believe in ghosts? Then attend to my story! Laugh as we may at the idea of ghosts, people do believe in ghosts, and fear them.”

This book – Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives – reveals for the first time more than 50 hair-raising – and in some cases, comical – real life accounts from Wales dating from 1837 to 1901.

Unearthed from the newspaper archives, they include chilling prophecies from beyond the grave, poltergeists who terrorised the industrial communities, and more than a few ingenious hoaxes along the way.

Click here to order Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives by Mark Rees