(Image MS912, Senate House Library, University of London)
This month’s SELFS promises to be a real treat with talks from both Scott Wood, whom many SELFS regulars will remember ran SELFS before moving on to run the London Fortean Society with David V Barrett, & Christopher Josiffe, library cataloguer at Senate House & eldritch writer.
Scott will be talking on Revenants. Across the west and across history the dead have risen with as much ferocity as the vampire of folklore from eastern Europe. The dead riot in the Netherlands, confess sins in London, attack livestock in Oxfordshire, rock their graves in Islington and are held back by St Augustine’s cross in a church in England. How often has the dead returned to their loved ones bedroom at night?
This talk goes from classical myth to Icelandic saga to case notes from Royal Bethlehem Hospital and W.B. Yeat’s private letters to trace the secret life of the unquiet dead.
Christopher will be talking about Doctor Eric Dingwall. Dr Eric Dingwall, – twentieth century psychic investigator, anthropologist, sexologist and librarian – is a much less well-known figure than his friend, rival and sometime enemy Harry Price. But he deserves to be remembered, for his rigorous and scientific methods when investigating alleged psychic phenomena, and for his early use of then-nascent psychoanalytic theory as a tool to understand the psychic, the medium, and the post-World War One séance phenomenon.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Scott Wood co-founded the London Fortean Society and gives regular guided walks on the themes of ghosts, folklore and London’s forgotten history. He writes a column for the Londonist on “Fortean London”, and is the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse of the Tube.
Christopher Josiffe is a library cataloguer at Senate House and writer whose articles on Arthur Machen, Rollo Ahmed, Aleister Crowley, Eric Dingwall and Gef the talking mongoose have been published in Faunus, Fortean Times and Abraxas. He is currently writing a biography of Gef.
The talk will start at 8pm in the upstairs room of the Old King’s Head
Entrance is £3/1.50concs
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