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An Alchemical Miscellany from the John Rylands Library

9 May 2017

The horror film As Above, So Below (dir. Dowdle, 2011) taps into the popular perception of alchemy as a mysterious, decedent, unnatural art. Delving deep into the Parisian catacombs...

Sin Eaters and Walking Corpses in Welsh Folk Belief: A Brief Note

14 March 2017

As many of you may be aware, my main area of interest lies in the cultural history of the walking corpse.  I’m especially fascinated by medieval accounts of the marauding,...

A Medieval English Crime Spree?

12 January 2017

The murder of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral (source: wikicommons)   The study of the supernatural is inextricably linked with the concept of ‘bad’ death. Although...

The Monstrous Devourer

12 December 2016

With the semester coming to a close, the final pieces of marking complete, and Christmas fast approaching, I find my thoughts turning to the respite of the holidays. Like many, I look...