The Redcap is a type of malevolent, murderous goblin found in Border folklore. He is said to inhabit ruined castles along the Anglo-Scottish border, especially those that were the scenes of tyranny or wicked deeds.
Unsinkable Sam (also known as Oskar or Oscar) is the nickname of a ship's cat who purportedly served during World War II with both the Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy and survived the sinking of three ships.
Dartmoor is an eerie and lonely place, with many reputed ghosts and ghouls to terrify the unwary traveller or solitary farmer. One of the oddest of the potential spooky experiences is an encounter with the Hairy Hands.
Jack o' Kent or Jack-a-Kent is a mythic character from the Herefordshire and Monmouthshire area. He is alternately referred to as either a cleric or wizard who regularly beats the Devil in bets and games.
A strange sight greets motorists driving on the A832 north of Inverness - bits of cloth and clothing hanging off the trees and bushes on the south side of the road. This is the Clootie Well, the residue of a Scottish pagan ritual.
Borley Rectory, in Essex, home of a number of ghost stories, gained national fame when it was the subject of a study by paranormal investigator Harry Price in 1937. He described it as ‘The Most Haunted House in England’, a phrase which caught the imagination of the press and public.
Allegedly born during the reign of Richard I, of a fairy father and mortal mother, Robin Goodfellow (sometimes called Puck) is a sprite of the English countryside. He takes the form of a handsome medieval man, and is mischievous but often helpful – especially with domestic chores being keen on promoting cleanliness, and with a strong work ethic!
The moors of the British Isles have long been associated with spectral creatures and monsters - most famously the haunting Black Dogs that are said to prowl there. Cornwall's remote Bodmin Moor hosts a more recent mythic beast - a reputed fearsome giant cat that stalks this rocky landscape.
Whilst it was generally believed that Columbus was the first European to discover America in 1492, it is now well known that Viking explorers reached parts of the east coast of Canada around 1100. What is less well known is that a Welshman may have followed in their footsteps, this time bringing settlers with him to Mobile Bay in modern day Alabama.
The gremlin is a fairly modern monster, arriving soon after the invention of the aeroplane as a destructive sprite that delights in making anything mechanical go horribly and inexplicably wrong. You definitely wouldn't want one on the loose in your workshop!
Rising to 4,295 feet, Ben Macdui is the highest peak in the Cairngorm plateau and the second highest mountain in Scotland. Whilst the terrain is rugged, and the weather often capricious, the greatest fear of climbers tackling Ben Macdui can be meeting up with a mysterious being said to haunt the upper regions of the mountain.
The black dog is a spectral or demonic entity found primarily in the folklore of the British Isles. It is particularly at home on lonely pathways across the moors and is usually still, silent and ominous.
Echoing earlier stories of a cloven-hoofed devil, the mysterious appearances of Spring Heeled Jack terrorised the country for more than 60 years in the 19h century, and the facts about his existence remain unclear.
The basilisk was a mythical monster that looked remarkably like a humble chicken. But it was not wise to look too closely, as the basilisk was one of the most fearsome creatures of the Medieval imagination. Sometimes described as breathing fire, one glance from a basilisk was regarded as lethal.
Glance upwards in many of Britain’s great cathedrals and churches and you may well catch sight of the Green Man looking down at you, with tree leaves curling from his mouth. After being a neglected part of Britain's folk history, the Green Man, and related festivals in his honour, had something of a revival in the 20th century, and many continue to this day, particularly around the time of May Day. But who, you may ask, is he?
For centuries, Britain's folklore has featured reports of the strange phenomena of entombed animals, usually frogs or toads, discovered alive within hollow rocks. But is there any truth in this story? And where did this idea come from?
Enduring worldwide interest has been generated by the monster said to dwell in Loch Ness, in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large and long-necked, and observed with one or more humps protruding from the water.
Tom Thumb is a character in English folklore, and The History of Tom Thumb (published in 1621) was the first fairy tale printed in English. The tale has it that Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.
Myrddin Wyltt was a bard who lived in the sixth century, on which the Arthurian myth of the wizard Merlin is reputedly heavily based. His character has been described as madman, prophet and mystic, and many tales have been told about him.
Friday the 13th happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year. It occurs in any month that begins on a Sunday, and will only happen once this year. But why is it considered a day of ill omen?
In 1855 the residents of south Devon were perplexed and alarmed to discover that some magical beast had been roaming their streets, graveyards, gardens and roofs during the night. Was it the Devil himself?