• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    Ghost Train from the Future: Ghosts & Folklore podcast EP16

    The 16th episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast “Ghost Train from the Future” is live…. NOW! This episode is dedicated to ghost trains, and recalls a unique real-life account in which a ghost train from the future popped up in the Welsh countryside. It also allows me to bemoan the fact that ghost trains – the ones you can ride on, not the supernatural ones! – are disappearing from our funfairs. The eerie account itself is an unusual little story I discovered in the Victorian archives, and sounds a bit like a cross between Back to the Future and Night of the Demon. Now there’s a film…

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    The Dark History of Beer; or, How a Welsh witch invented mead: Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast EP15

    Join me for a journey in search of the Welsh enchantress who brewed beer in her cauldron, the Gothic folklore surrounding alcohol at funerals, and other macabre traditions from “weird” Wales Welcome to the 15th episode of my “curious” Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast – the “dark history of beer”! It’s all about alcohol and folklore, and I really feel like I’ve captured some of the energy and spontaneity from my Ghosts of Wales – Live! events on this episode of the podcast. As I’m sure regular listeners have noticed, I don’t script my episodes (ha, I think that’s obvious!), but I usually have a rough roadmap in my…