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 Wales (Amberley Publishing, 2020)
The plan is to keep both available, and to add to them from time to time. For example, signed copies of The A-Z of Curious Wales could well be available ahead of Christmas.
Where is the Comix Shoppe, and can I order by mail order?
For more details, check out The Comix Shoppe Facebook page and drop them a message.
To visit in person, you can find them at:
13 Shoppers Walk, Swansea SA1 3AY
…which is just a minute’s walk from Swansea Grand Theatre.
Opening times vary, please check before travelling.
What are the spooky books all about?
For a taste of the spine-chilling tales on offer, be sure to check out the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast.
Here are the blurbs from the publishers:
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.
These accounts of disembodied voices, supernatural mists and pesky poltergeists range from centuries-old legends to modern-day sightings. Visit the ‘oldest pub’ in Wales, where more than 180 people are claimed to have been sentenced to death by hanging. Explore the majestic opera house built by a world-famous soprano, who some say continues to perform on her beloved stage from beyond the grave. Spend the night in a seemingly idyllic manor house, where the presence of a Victorian housekeeper is said to reduce unsuspecting guests to tears. Or step back in time at one of the many ivy-strewn castles, where ladies in white patrol the Gothic battlements as tortured screams ring out from the dungeons below.
Some of these stories might be familiar, others less so, but they all have one thing in common – they will make you think twice about turning off the light at night. Illustrated throughout, Paranormal Wales will be of spine-tingling interest to those wanting to discover more about the country’s haunted and hidden heritage.
Read more about Paranormal Wales by Mark Rees here.
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.
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.
Read more about Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees here.