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Ghost hunting in Wales’ “most haunted” places on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast

Ghost hunting in Wales' "most haunted" places on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast

EP26 Ghost Hunting in Wales’ “Most Haunted” Places with paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal

What is it REALLY like to go ghost hunting in Wales’ “most haunted” places?

To find out, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) caught up paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal to learn not just how to track down the paranormal, but how to do it ethically. 

What are their scariest experiences? What equipment do you need for an overnight vigil? Do they use Ouija boards? And is it anything like the ghost-hunting TV shows and spooky movies that we see on our screens?

For some of the answers – and even more questions – listen to the latest episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast!

Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) caught up paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal to learn not just how to track down the paranormal, but how to do it ethically.

Sosban Fach music at the end of the episode

A huge thank you to Sain (Recordiau) Cyf. for making the snippet of Sosban Fach available via Creative Common under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. For more, visit the website.

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: EP25 The Secret Islands of the Faeries: King Arthur and y Tylwyth Teg.

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 about fairy folk from the secret islands in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published 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.

The Secret Islands of the Faeries on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

The Secret Islands of the Faeries on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

EP25 The Secret Islands of the Faeries: King Arthur and y Tylwyth Teg

Welsh folklore tells us that the fairy folk of Wales can be traced back to the times of King Arthur and the secret islands in the Welsh waters.

But what connection do they have with the legendary island of Avalon, and why are they called y Tylwyth Teg in Welsh?

Join Mark Rees as he explores these questions and more in this episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast.

Do you believe in the fairy folk? Listen to this podcast before making your mind up!

All is revealed on episode 25 of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast!

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees - Welsh Ghost Trains of Haunted Wales

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: EP24 The Cursed Room at Wales’ National Sports Stadium.

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 about fairy folk from the secret islands in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published 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.

The Cursed Room at the Millennium Stadium: How a jinx caused football and rugby to lose cup finals

Ghosts and Folklore podcast EP24: The Cursed Room at Wales' National Stadium

Ghosts and Folklore podcast EP24: The Cursed Room at Wales’ National Stadium

Can a sports stadium really have a cursed room? And did it really cause team after team to lose important games?

That’s exactly what was claimed to be happening at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium at the turn of the century, when more than 10 football teams in a row (along with a few rugby teams) lost major finals after being stationed in the dreaded south changing room.

The odds that so many teams could miss out on the glory of winning the FA Cup, league cup and promotion finals were starting to look increasingly unlikely, and when they went beyond 8,000/1 it was decided that something had to be done.

In order to exorcise the curse, stadium chiefs turned to an unlikely exorcist – the world’s richest painter.

Yes, the world’s richest painter was drafted in to save the day to work his magic with a paint brush, rather than a cross and the Bible.

Did it work? All is revealed on episode 24 of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast!

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

Welsh Anthem Music at the end of the Cursed Room episode

A huge thank you to Cantorion / Ian Cantor for making the piano version of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau piano available via Creative Common under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. For more, visit the website.

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: EP23 Guy Fawkes Night: The folklore, traditions, history and ghosts of Bonfire Night (Noson Guto Ffowc).

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 about Wales’ curious customs in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published 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.

Guy Fawkes Night: the folklore, traditions, history and ghosts of Bonfire Night, and how Noson Guto Ffowc was celebrated in Wales

Ghosts and Folklore podcast EP23: Guy Fawkes Night: The folklore, ghosts, history and traditions

Ghosts and Folklore podcast EP23: Guy Fawkes Night: The folklore, ghosts, history and traditions

It’s Guy Fawkes Night: Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot!

Halloween might be a fading memory, but the autumnal festivals continue with a night of bonfires and fireworks.

On episode 23 of the Ghosts and Folklore podcast, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) is joined by storyteller Owen Staton to discuss Guy Fawkes Night, or Noson Guto Ffowc as it is known in Wales.

Together they explore:

• Can the ancient druids of Wales really lay claim to inventing the festivities celebrated on both Guy Fawkes Night and July the 4th?

• Why do people burn effigies, and who else was burned besides Guy Fawkes?

• Should it really be called Guy Fawkes Night, or is there a more suitable name?

• Do the ghosts of the plotters still walk their old haunts today?

All of these questions and more are explored in this Guy Fawkes special episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast!

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast - Guy Fawkes Night special
Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast – Guy Fawkes Night special

The Bonfire Night verse for Guy Fawkes Night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d (or by God’s mercy*)
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!

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: EP22 Ghosts of Wales Live – A Halloween Special: A paranormal podcast party for Nos Calan Gaeaf.

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 Wales’ curious customs in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees is available from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published 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.

Mark Rees shortlisted for Best Book and Best Podcast at Paranormal Entertainment Awards

Paranormal Wales author and Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast host nominated for two awards at Higgypop's third annual celebration of all things spooky

Paranormal Wales author and Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast host nominated for two awards at Higgypop’s third annual celebration of all things spooky

A huge thank you to everyone who nominated Mark Rees for the Higgypop Paranormal Entertainment Awards.

Mark has been shortlisted in the Best Paranormal Book category for Paranormal Wales, and in the Best Paranormal Podcast category for the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

The winner will be decided by a public vote, and it would be great if you could spare 30 seconds to vote for Mark – details below!

Whatever happens next – win, lose, or draw – just being nominated alongside such illustrious names from the paranormal world is an achievement in itself, and good luck to everyone shortlisted.

Thank you / diolch!

Click here to vote!

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast - Halloween special / Paranormal Wales book launch
Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast – Halloween special / Paranormal Wales book launch

How to vote in the Paranormal Entertainment Awards

To vote for Mark – or anyone else! – follow the link below.

There are fifteen categories in total (you can skip any you have no interest in by clicking “no preference”), and Mark has been listed in the third (Best Podcast) and fourth (Best Book) categories:

• Best Paranormal Podcast: Ghosts & Folklore of Wales With Mark Rees

• Best Paranormal Book: Mark Rees – Paranormal Wales

Voting closes on Friday, November 13, 2020 (spooky!), and winners will be announced on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

Click here to vote for Mark Rees in the Higgypop awards.

Tell me more about the shortlisted book and podcast

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

Paranormal Wales

The book Paranormal Wales is a spine-chilling journey in search of Wales’s spookiest locations.

Unlike Mark’s previous books, which explored more obscure, long-lost accounts of things that go bump in the night, this one does the opposite.

These are the most famous, most well-known, and most (supposedly) haunted places in the land.

You can read all about it on the Paranormal Wales page.

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast from Haunted Wales
Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast from Haunted Wales

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees

The Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast is a podcast that explores Wales’ weird and wonderful history.

Ranging from real-life accounts of ghosts and hauntings, to more fantastical stories from myths and legends, each episode investigates a different topic based on Mark’s unique insight and research.

These range from Victorian poltergeists to the ever-elusive fairy folk, or the skull-headed Mari Lwyd and the timeless tales of the Mabinogion. There’s even a few special guests long the way.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday, and can be listened to and subscribed to on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast page.

Enjoy!

Ghosts of Wales podcast Halloween special: Ghosts of Wales Live goes online to ghost hunt in Wales’ “most haunted” places

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast Halloween special and Paranormal Wales book

EP22 Ghosts of Wales Live – A Halloween Special: A paranormal party for Nos Calan Gaeaf

How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Why not join us for a Ghosts of Wales podcast party!

This is the podcast for you if you fancy:

• Some real-life ghost hunting, but don’t where to start

• You want to visit a haunted locations, but need some tips and advice

• Or maybe you’re just looking for a good spooky book to read?

On this extra-long Halloween edition, author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) talks about his new book Paranormal Wales, and some of his favourite “most haunted” Welsh places, with some very special guests.

What is Ghosts of Wales Live?

Every Halloween – or Nos Calan Gaeaf, as we say in Wales – Mark hosts a paranormal party at a different location in Wales.

Entitled “Ghosts of Wales – Live!“, each event sees Mark joined by a varied line-up of special guests for an evening of eerie entertainments including: ghost stories, paranormal investigations, and plenty of spooky surprises along the way.

Sadly, hosting a live event in 2020 isn’t an option, so this year we’re doing something even better – hosting a paranormal party on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast instead! 

That means, for the first time ever, everyone can join in and listen, wherever you are in the world. The events are usually intimate sell-out affairs, but not this time – we’ve truly gone global!

Special guests include storyteller Owen Staton and paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal. Just press play on the podcast player above and join the party!

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

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: EP21 Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: How to celebrate Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween.

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

History of Halloween in Wales: Five special episodes

October 2020 is the Halloween takeover month on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast, and this special Ghosts of Wales Live / Ghosts of Wales podcast episode is the fifth of five stand-alone specials.

For a full list of episodes check out the Halloween Specials podcast page.

Enjoy this podcast? Read about more Welsh curiosities in The A-Z of Curious Wales!

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

Nos Calan Gaeaf – the Welsh Halloween – is just one of the many curiosities to feature in The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees.

Published 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.

It is available from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

Ghosts of Wales Live event goes online this Halloween to launch Paranormal Wales

Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees and Halloween lanterns

The good news: there will be a Ghosts of Wales Live event in 2020!

The bad news: for reasons which, unfortunately, don’t need explaining, it will be an online affair.

But that won’t dampen our spirits.

In fact, it should make it the most popular Ghosts of Wales Live! event ever.

Because while we might normally cram a few hundred people into a room together somewhere in deepest and darkest Wales, this year the thousands of people from around the world who tune in to the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast will be able to join in as well!

Author Mark Rees with the Ghosts of Wales - Live! gang at the Swansea Fringe Festival: (l-r) Owen Thomas, Lotus Sisters, Mark Rees, Owen Staton, Cymru Paranormal
Author Mark Rees with the Ghosts of Wales – Live! gang at the Swansea Fringe Festival: (l-r) Owen Thomas, Lotus Sisters, Mark Rees, Owen Staton, Cymru Paranormal

What’s the Ghosts of Wales Live event all about?

The Ghosts of Wales Live event is an annual “paranormal party” hosted by Mark Rees, author of such spooky books as Ghosts of Wales, and host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast.

While the line-up changes with each event, you can usually expect:

• Some spooky ghost stories

• A little paranormal investigating

• Special guests and interviews

• And the highlight of every event – spooky belly dancing!

It’s also a chance for Mark to talk about his latest book, which in 2020 is Paranormal Wales, which has yet to be officially launched due to the ongoing situation.

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

How can I listen to the 2020 live event?

A special episode of the podcast has been recorded, and will be released first thing on October 29.

The fifth and final of the Halloween in Wales specials, it will include all of the tricks and treats you’d expect to find at a normal Ghosts of Wales Live event – well, except for the spooky belly dancers, sadly. But hopefully they’ll be involved somewhere very soon!

It’s quite an epic episode, clocking in at more than hour long, and is packed with all manner of goodies for the spookiest night of the year.

Can I join in?

Of course you can!

Because it’s pre-recorded it won’t be “live” in the traditional sense, but a time will be set when we can all listen together. And as always, there’ll be a conversation about it on social media.

If you don’t already, track down and follow Mark on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and be sure to say hello!

And remember – the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast is the best, the beautiful, and the ONLY Ghosts of Wales podcast, beaming to you from Wales to the world.

Don’t accept any cheap imitations!

Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast Halloween special

Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast Halloween special

EP21 Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: How to celebrate Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween

Dare you explore the spooky Halloween folklore of Nos Calan Gaeaf?

Join cultural adventurer Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) on this journey in search of the curious, and at times macabre history and folklore of the “Welsh Halloween”.

There’ll be Gothic tales of ghosts, goblins and witches and the spooky history of the spookiest of “spirit nights”.

One of three “spirit nights”, it was a time for fun and festivities, but also a time of apprehension, and to beware the supernatural creatures abroad.

On this episode we will explore:

• The Gothic lore involving the wind blowing over the feet of corpses.

• The significance of seeing well-dressed apparitions in the parish church.

• How to celebrate in the traditional Welsh manner with ghost stories and fairy tales around a giant log fire.

• The return of the dreaded Hwch Ddu Gwta, the terrifying black sow.

• How you can predict who will die in the coming 12 months.

• And how to protect yourself from the witches who takes to the skies on Halloween.

All of these questions and more will be explored in this Halloween episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast.

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

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

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP20 Halloween in Wales: The secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh All Hallows’ Eve.

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

History of Halloween in Wales: Five special episodes

October is the Halloween takeover month on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast, and this secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf episode is the fourth of five stand-alone specials.

For a full list of episodes check out the Halloween Specials podcast page.

What is Nos Calan Gaeaf?

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees - real-life Welsh ghost stories and folk tales

In Celtic times, each day began at sunset.

October 31 – Nos Calan Gaeaf in Welsh, the night before Calan Gaeaf – marked the beginning of winter, and while it was a time for celebration, it was also a time of great foreboding and apprehension.

For more about Nos Calan Gaeaf, be sure to subscribe to the Ghosts & Folklore podcast which will be focusing on the festival all through October, and check out the book The A-Z of Curious Wales for lots more weird and wonderful facts.

Read more about the spooky Halloween folklore of Nos Calan Gaeaf and other Welsh curiosities

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees
The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

This tale and many more appears in The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees.

Published 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.

It is available from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

Nos Calan Gaeaf: The secret history of Halloween on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast

EP20 Secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf

Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales etc.) as he goes in search of the secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween, on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

In Wales, October 31 is a magical night when ghosts, fairies, and all manner of supernatural creatures may be encountered.

In the early 1900s a pioneering American author from New England published what is considered to be the first history of Halloween, and by using that as our starting point for the spookiest day of the year we will uncover:

  • The role the Welsh Druids played in shaping Halloween.
  • How witches transformed people into standing stones.
  • The fairies, pixies and ghosts lurking at the dark crossroads.
  • The dreaded Hwch Ddu Gwta, a terrifying supernatural pig that chased merrymakers home after the witching hour.
  • How huge bonfires were lit during harvest festivals long before the arrival of Christianity.
  • How to predict who will die in the coming year on All Hallows’ Eve.
  • And the really important questions – could young girls really predict who their future husbands by throwing a knife into a field of leeks after dark?

All of these questions and more will be explored in this special Halloween episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast!

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

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

Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP19 Beware the Welsh Jack-O’-Lantern!: A Halloween special exploring the horrible history of the “dreaded ghost” which haunted Wales after dark on Nos Calan Gaeaf.

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

History of Halloween in Wales: 5 special episodes

October is the Halloween takeover month on the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast, and this secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf episode is the third of five stand-alone specials.

For a full list of episodes check out the Halloween Specials podcast page.

Read more about the secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf and other Welsh curiosities

The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees

This tale and many more appears in The A-Z of Curious Wales by Mark Rees.

Published by The History Press, it’s available from all good bookshops and online from the books page.

For more Welsh ghost books for Halloween, be sure to check out the “trilogy of terror” page – they’re spine-chillingly good!

Welsh ghost books for Halloween: perfect Nos Calan Gaeaf reading!

Spooky season is here – the perfect time to read some real-life Welsh ghost books!

As the rain lashes down and we count the days to Halloween – or Nos Calan Gaeaf in Welsh – why not scare yourself silly in front of a roaring open fire with one of Mark Rees‘ spine-chilling collections?

There are three books dedicated to the weird and wonderful available – a “trilogy of terror”, if you will! They are: Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives, The A-Z of Curious Wales, and Paranormal Wales.

Where can I buy these Welsh ghost books?

All three books in the “trilogy of terror” are available from all good bookshops. You can also buy them online from the books section.

Signed copies are available from The Comix Shoppe in Swansea. Supplies are limited, so please check with them before travelling. They run a standing order and mail order service, and will be happy to put a copy safely to one side for you.

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

Welsh ghost books by Mark Rees

Paranormal Wales

Published 2020, Amberley Publishing

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.

Click here to order Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees


The A-Z of Curious Wales

Published 2019, The History Press

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.

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


Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives

Published 2017, The History Press

“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.”

In the Victorian era, sensational ghost stories made headline news.

Spine-chilling reports of two-headed phantoms, murdered knights and spectral locomotives filled the press. Spirits communicated with the living at dark séances, forced terrified families to flee their homes, and caused frightened workers to down their tools at the haunted mines.

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

Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast for Halloween

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

As well as the books, be sure to check out the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast this Halloween.

There are five (five!) Halloween specials dedicated to the spookiest night of the year, and many more eerie episodes which are perfect listening as the nights draw in.

Here are some we think you might enjoy… if you dare to listen!

The History of Halloween: From ancient Celtic festival to American holiday

The Jack-O’-Lantern of Wales: A “dreaded ghost” which haunted the dark Welsh forests on Nos Calan Gaeaf

The Dog of Darkness; or, Gwyllgi, the Welsh Hound of Hell

The Two-Headed Phantom of Wales; or, the grisly tale of the ghost with an extra head

The Wraith of a Murderer Stalks Abroad: a real-life ghost story from haunted Wales

Visit the Ghosts of Wales podcast page for a FULL list of every creepy episode!