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Skeptics on Halloween - Witches in Scotland

Scottish witchcraft has by now developed its own mythology, a set of ideas that ‘everybody knows’. Geoff’s talk will attempt to separate fantasy from historical reality, which is both stranger and more sordid than most people suspect. By way of illustration he will detail his own groundbreaking investigations into the famous Maggie Wall Witchcraft Monument in Perthshire, a B-listed historical monument (and favourite trysting spot for the Moors Murderers) that, as the painted inscription states, supposedly commemorates “Maggie Wall burned here as a Witch 1657”. The key word, boys and girls, is “supposedly”.

Geoff Holder has written 30 non-fiction books on the paranormal, the peculiar, the Gothic and the gruesome, from “The Jacobites and the Supernatural” and “101 Things to Do with a Stone Circle” to “Scottish Bodysnatchers” and nine titles in “The Guide to the Mysterious…” series, covering everywhere from the Lake District and Loch Ness to Glasgow and Aberdeen. Plus, there are books on hauntings, poltergeists, the paranormal, and bloody and quirky history. Geoff’s books will be available on the night.

Geoff once won a posh literary award by writing about H.P. Lovecraft, and his latest book, published in September 2013, is “Zombies From History: A Hunter’s Guide”. He manifests mysteriously at

Recently moving from Scotland to sunny France hasn’t made him any less grumpy, but that’s life when you’re a curmudgeonly old git. 

Dress:  Some people will be in fancy dress, and some won't, please come however you feel comfortable.

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