Sunday, 2 August 2015

Amityville, Astral Projection and Shining Eyes: The Amazing Alex Tanous

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents:

Amityville, Astral Projection and Shining Eyes: The Amazing Alex Tanous

£5 (Tickets)
Monday 5 October 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Dr Alex Tanous was well known in the USA for his remarkable psychic gifts. He claimed to be able to leave his body at will and travel in the astral form, project light from his eyes, interact with ghosts, and made many remarkable predictions. Recently, the forgotten work of his field investigations into ghosts and hauntings with the late Dr Karlis Osis have been recovered and pieced back together as far as possible, demonstrating some remarkable first hand experiences – including the investigation of the Amityville House. 

All this will be discussed and so much more. Including Steve Parsons and Callum Cooper’s new project on ‘sound and the paranormal’

Callum Cooper is a chartered psychologist based at the University of Northampton, within
its Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP). There, he lectures on topics such a parapsychology, death and bereavement, sexual behaviour and positive psychology. He is a member of the Society for Psychical for Psychical Research (and on its Survival Research Committee) and a member of the Parapsychological Association. He is the author and editor of such books as: Telephone Calls from the Dead (Tricorn Books, 2012), Conversations with Ghosts (White Crow Books, 2013) and Paracoustics (White Crow Books, 2015).

£5 (Tickets)
Monday 5 October 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Satanic Ritual Abuse and False Memories

7.45pm Thursday 24 September 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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In the 1990s Britain and America were shaken by allegations that Satanic cults were conducting horrific abuse on babies, children and teenagers, and that young women were “brood mares” for babies that were then killed in Satanic rituals. 

Professor Emeritus Jean La Fontaine of LSE wrote Speak of the Devil: Tales of
Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England, which appeared to bring an end to the moral panic that had dominated the media – but which has sprung up again this year in north London. 


Professor Chris French of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College, is a world expert on false memories – how and why people can be made to believe they have had entirely fictional experiences, including ritual sexual abuse. 

Together they examine how such spurious stories are promulgated by a sensation-hungry media, and how sensible professionals, from social workers to police officers, can be taken in by them.

7.45pm Thursday 24 September 2015
£4 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Friday, 24 July 2015

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook


London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents:

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a
Magic Island
celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook's exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture. 


As Seabrook's books begin to be reissued on the 70th anniversary of his death, it is a good time to reassess this deeply Fortean figure.

Roger Luckhurst is Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck and the author of Zombies: A Cultural History.
The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, 
London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches

7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls, not to mention prayers, curses and slanderous comments – Britain’s medieval churches are a treasure-house of graffiti. 

Author and archaeologist Matthew Champion shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs.


7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain
Melanie Keene
£5 (Tickets)
Monday 13 July 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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 GNOMES!
In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets by converting explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; natural forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters.

In exploring the ways in which authors and translators – from Hans Christian Andersen to the pseudonymous ‘A.L.O.E.’ and ‘Acheta Domestica’ – reconciled the differing demands of factual accuracy and fantastical narratives, Melanie Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences. Such stories, she argues, were an important way in which authors and audiences criticised, communicated, and celebrated contemporary scientific ideas, practices, and objects.Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read.

Melanie Keene is a historian of science for children, based at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has
Science in Wonderland
published several academic and popular articles on scientific books and objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, on topics from candles, pebbles, or cups of tea, to board games, toy sets, and model dinosaurs.

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain
Melanie Keene
£5 (Tickets)
Monday 13 July 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

This event is now sold out. Thank you for such a great response for what is a brilliant talk on a dark and fascinating subject. We may have some spaces on the night - please come to Conway Hall on Tuesday night. 

Karl Bell
£5 (Tickets)
Tuesday 30 June 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
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One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared as "a ghost, a bear, and a devil" right up to contemporary comics and internet radio dramas featuring the leaping horror of legend.

This talk explores Spring-heeled Jack’s appearances in and relationship to Victorian London. It considers his origins in the capital, and the way the metropolitan press gave life to a strange urban legend that went on to terrorise the rest of the country.

Dr Karl Bell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. He has published on a variety of topics linked to magic and the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two books, 'The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England' 1780-1914' (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and 'The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures' (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). The latter won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award.


This event is sold out. Thank you for such a great response for what is a brilliant talk on a dark and fascinating subject. We may have some spaces on the night - please come to Conway Hall on Tuesday night. 

The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press
Karl Bell
£5 (Tickets)
Tuesday 30 June 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Dr David Clarke: How UFOs Conquered The World

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 25 June 2015
£4 / £2 concessions (please note new price!)
Advanced tickets available (10% admin fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
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David will be selling his book, 'How UFOs Conquered the World' for £15 (rrp £20 hard back) on the night.

The UFO was born in America during the summer of 1947. A lone pilot saw nine mysterious objects that flew ‘like a saucer would if you skipped it across water’ and the media did the rest. Today, almost half the population of the Western world believe we are not alone. Millions of people claim to have seen a UFO. An alarming number reported being ‘abducted’ by aliens. And some are convinced there is a conspiracy by governments to hide ‘the truth’.


As a child during the 1970s, Fortean Times writer David Clarke wanted to believe. He joined a UFO society, went ‘skywatching’, and later, as a journalist, spent decades investigating sighting reports, unearthing Top Secret government files, and interviewing those who claim they have seen interplanetary craft and had met their occupants. He never found a crashed flying saucer, or received a visit from the sinister Men In Black. Instead he discovered something no less astonishing.

How UFOS Conquered The World describes David’s strange journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon. He has close encounters with abductees, hoaxers and conspiracy theorists. He meets people who think aliens are angels (or demons). And he tracks down the boffins who ran the British government’s now defunct ‘UFO desk’ to find out what their investigations really uncovered. Along the way he reveals how the human will to believe turned the stuff of science fiction into the most enduring myth of modern times.

David will be selling his book, 'How UFOs Conquered the World' for £15 (rrp £20 hard back) on the night.

£4 / £2 concessions (please note new price!)
Advanced tickets available (10% admin fee)
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
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