I was recently interviewed by Daniel Bautz of the Grand Dark Conspiracy (‘Exploring the Unexplained, the Unseen, the Unknown’) on WQTT out of Ohio, the matter in hand being that pesky issue of the zombie apocalypse.
Specifically I was talking about Zombies from History, and how when the apocalypse does arrive, rather than wait
for that dull salesman from No.27 to eat you, why not step and seek and destroy some of history’s big guns?
The talk ranged wide and indeed far, taking in the likelihood of the author receiving abusive tweets from disgruntled readers during the apocalypse (‘Dude! Henry VIII wasn’t where you’d said he would be!’) to the exploding corpse
of William the Conqueror. We also covered records of belief in the walking dead from archaeological evidence and medieval chronicles. All in all, zombie fun central.
You can still listen to the podcast here. My thanks to Sunny Lambert and Daniel Bautz of the Grand Dark
Le Canard Gascon is a monthly magazine that covers food, culture, business, politics, history and events in this
part of southwest France (Gascony). Edition 54, January-February 2014, has a full page feature on me and my
work, under the title of ‘British Zombies’.
Described as ‘Le spécialiste de l’étrange’ (specialist in the strange) who writes about the paranormal, witchcraft,
ghosts and zombies, I am credited with including in my work a ‘certain British humour’ that ‘our neighbours across the Channel practice with such excellence.’ Merci. The article also claims that the Holder household is ‘a veritable
chaos of books’. Oh, such lies – the other day I managed to find the sofa without having to move more than fifty
You can read the article online (in French, of course) here. My thanks to Monsieur Jean-Louis le Breton, leading
light of Le Canard Gascon.
On Monday 21st October the “Life Matters’ section of The Courier featured some beardy bloke holding a sheep
skull and grinning inanely. Oh wait, that was me….
The piece by Caroline Lindsay comes a few days before I’m giving two talks on ‘Bodysnatching in Scone’ at Scone Palace. AND, people, goodness me there are strange things afoot, for during the Saturday talk I’ll be filmed by a
crew from TF1, the French equivalent of BBC1, for a ‘Halloween in Scotland’ special. Come along and you too
could be on le French telly…
The talks, which are suitable for over 16s, will take place at 1pm on 26th and 27th October, in the Murray Suite at Scone Palace. Tickets, which cost £10 per person and also include grounds admission, must be pre-booked by
Venue: Scone Palace, Scone, Perth PH2 6BD.
Those estimable gentlemen Steve Rogers and Shawn McMahon recently allowed me to blether on about Zombies from History: A Hunter’s Guide on their podcast-tastic Into the Dark Radio show. We talked anti-zombie weapons, where best to ride out the forthcoming zombie apocalypse, how the zombie of Charles Darwin would probably be writing Great Exhumations and David Potter’s Field, and other fun stuff, not least the exploding corpse of William
(It’s great being an author of the strange and peculiar: you can write “the exploding corpse of William the
Conqueror” as if it’s the most normal sentence in the world.)
This coming weekend I’m the invited guest on Christopher Balzano’s splendid Spooky Southcoast radio show, operating out of Massachusetts. The topic of discussion: poltergeists, with reference to my forthcoming books Poltergeist over Scotland and What is a Poltergeist? – Understanding Poltergeist Activity.
Depending on your time zone, the show will air at 10.30pm (Eastern Standard Time in the USA) on Saturday 9th February or 3.30am (GMT UK time) on Sunday 10th. It will also be available for later digital consultation. Go to www.spookysouthcoast.com to find out more.