This Halloween I’m giving a series of talks on spooky subjects at various places in Scotland. Zombies, poltergeists, vampires, witchcraft – there’s something for everyone.
1. SUBJECT: SUPERNATURAL SCOTLAND
WHEN: Tuesday 28th October, 7pm
WHERE: ABERFELDY – Breadalbane Campus, Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross PH15 2DU
DETAILS: A medieval monk describes an outbreak of zombies in the Scottish Borders. A poltergeist case in
Edinburgh ends up in court. The Maggie Wall Witchcraft Monument in Perthshire is a complex fake. A ghost
sighting in Dundee provokes a mini-riot. And hundreds of Glasgow schoolchildren invade a graveyard hunting a
vampire with iron teeth. Based on meticulous original research, prolific author (and highly entertaining speaker) in
this Halloween special Geoff Holder reveals some of the historical and modern mysteries of the Scottish
paranormal experience. Welcome to Supernatural Scotland. It’s stranger than you can imagine.
2. SUBJECT: ZOMBIES FROM HISTORY
WHEN: Thursday 30th October, 7.30pm
WHERE: EDINBURGH – Skeptics in the Pub, Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG (just off the Royal Mile).
DETAILS: It’s the night of the living dead… Zombie culture didn’t start with George Romero. Here be medieval
chroniclers’ sworn-to-be-true tales of the plague-spreading undead, including the pugilistic zombie of Paisley and
the zombie monk of the Scottish Borders; archeological evidence from graveyards of Anglo-Saxon and Romano-
British fear of the walking dead; several ‘Ladies with the Ring’, all supposedly revived in the grave by jewel-stealing gravediggers; the men who were hanged and buried – and then revived; the Cumbrian Crusader whose corpse
was still bleeding 800 years after his death; and the ancient bog body that accidentally solved a modern murder
Warning: contains corpses.
MORE INFO: here
3. SUBJECT: SEX, LIES AND POLTERGEISTS! at the FIRST EVER SCOTTISH PARANORMAL FESTIVAL
WHEN: FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER, 3.30PM
WHERE: Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK9 4LA
DETAILS: Activity which has baffled paranormal investigators for centuries. Focusing on Scotland, Geoff will
discuss the earliest recorded Scottish poltergeist, a witchcraft episode from Stirling, and an Aberdeenshire
example kickstarted by young lust.
A canvas of commonsense-defying mysteries that stretches from the year 1635 to the present day.
The next in the series of writing classes here in Gascony will be on Sunday 7th September, in Nogaro (Gers).
The topics of the day will be ‘Dialogue’ and ‘Voice / Style’ – both crunch issues for many authors.
The full-day writing class is suitable for authors of all kinds of fiction.
The fee is €23. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking nearby.
Everyone welcome. And if you have writerly friends, don’t bother to share the news with them (wait, that’s not quite right…).
The third in the ongoing monthly series of creative writing classes here in SW France will take place on Saturday
24 May, at Nogaro in the département of the Gers.
The full-day course will be on the subject of ‘writing the plot’ and is aimed at all writers and novelists, whether
you’re just starting out or have almost finished your novel.
We have people coming from the neighbouring départements of the Landes and Haute-Garonne, as well as from
various other parts of the Gers/Gascony. There are still a few places available.
The details: 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. The fee is €20. To book or to enquire further send me a message
via the electric internet on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve just finished a vampire novel, where you can solve all kinds of plot problems with a bit of biting and
bloodsucking: I’m conscious, however, that this may not entirely work for writers of chicklit or police procedurals,
so I’ll have to rein myself in. Oh well.