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Dark Folklore
Dark Folklore

Dark Folklore


Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (US $22.99) (CA $30.99)

Publication Date: February 2024

ISBN 9781803993294

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Feb 2024)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


The first entertaining, yet rigorously researched, modern anthology to explore a wide range of creepy beliefs, customs and stories

How did our ancestors use the concept of demons to explain sleep paralysis? Is that carving in the porch of your local church really what you think it is? And what’s that tapping noise on the roof of your car . . . ?

The fields of folklore have never been more popular – a recent resurgence of interest in traditional beliefs and customs, coupled with morbid curiosities in folk horror, historic witchcraft cases and our superstitious past, have led to an intersection of ideas that is driving people to seek out more information.

Tracey Norman and Mark Norman lead you on an exploration of those more salubrious facets of our past, highlighting those aspects of our cultural beliefs and social history that are less ‘wicker basket’ and more ‘Wicker Man’.

Author Biography

Mark Norman is a folklore author and researcher. He is a council member of The Folklore Society and has been on the judging panel for the Katharine Briggs book awards for the last 4 years. He is also the creator and host of The Folklore Podcast. His previous books include Black Dog Folklore and Telling the Bees and Other Customs.

Tracey Norman is an actor and writer and is part of Circle of Spears Productions, a theatre company and audio production house which specializes in working with indie authors and small publishers. Circle of Spears also performs Tracey's first stage play, the acclaimed historical drama WITCH.