Ghost Stories and Folk Tales

Read ghost stories, folk tales and crime fiction set in the mysterious and magical county of Norfolk.

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I hope you enjoy these books and that they give you a taste for visiting Norfolk if you don’t live here already.

I am currently reading The Wherryman myself – these are great detective novels by the international bestselling author David Blake. Dive in and fall in love with the Norfolk Broads – it’s not all murder and mayhem in real life, I promise you!

Crime books by David Blake and Elly Griffiths.

You will also find Norfolk Ghost Tales and Folk Stories here, scroll down to see.

Treat yourself to a Norfolk literary feast!

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Paranormal Norfolk

Description

Norfolk has many associations with the paranormal, from ancient tales of Shuck the hound that has haunted the county’s lanes for a thousand years to tales of ghosts from the Second World War and of unidentified f lying objects. This book takes a new approach by looking at the paranormal as recorded in the archives of the county. The stories include those collected by some of the county’s keenest folklorists such as W. H. Cooke, Mark Taylor, and W. G. Clarke, as well as first-hand records of paranormal experience. Many tales are published for the very first time, such as Mottie Green, the Wells ‘witch’, and a new light is thrown on more familiar stories such as the haunting of Syderstone Parsonage and the Snettisham ghost. Not least, the book also explains the key role of Norwich in the development of the vampire story! Read this book and your view of Norfolk will never be the same again!

Buy here £15.99 Paperback

The Tidal Bride – D.W. Haggard

Description

D.W Haggard’s first collection of stories imbue a sense of unease and psychological tension set in the brooding mists of East Anglia. Harbour masters say they can hear the turn of the tide off the Norfolk coast, with its black onrush over the staithe catching the unwary. The psychic shock that lays in these six stories plumbs the depth of imagination and horror and, like the returning tide, may engulf the reader.

We see ancient Norfolk burial mounds give up their secrets to a London couple in The Tidal Bride.

In The Vortex, a Norwich detective discovers a serial killer and is drawn closer to the coast at Scolt Head, and then further into the horror of Deadman’s Hole.

In The Comedian, Frasier, particle physicist at the University of East Anglia, and Madison, his American advertising executive partner, are searching for different things…they meet the comedian and find something terrifying about each other when their lives appear under the microscope.

Fee Fi Fo Fum…a blond stranger, the Drihten, returns at Midsummer’s Day and offers an unpalatable redemption in The Miller.

Norwich prison gallows are the setting for The Girl that was Death. When your beloved is sentenced to hang…his every breath becomes something to be sipped and savoured.

Cromer is the setting for The Fisherman. Brendan, a priest on a leave of absence, visited by the fisherman, discovers new love and in the horror of realisation finds his own soul being fished.

D.W. Haggard’s stories are among the most harrowing and disturbing of the 21st Century and give a whole new reason for visiting Norfolk.

Buy here £6.99 Paperback

Shuckland: Weird Tales from the Waveney Valley

Description

Shuckland takes us on a journey exploring the weird wonders of the Waveney valley.  Behind the ruined castles, soaring church towers and attractive market towns lie ancient legends and folklore. Ghost of avenging kings, highwaymen, headless queens, ancient buried treasures, demonic entities, notorious villains, treacherous barons, murderous earls, ley-lines, paganism, yew-shrouded churchyards, old ivy-covered houses, witchcraft, strange fearsome beasts – including the notorious Black Shuck who gives his name to Shuckland.

The Waveney valley is full of history. Along with the ruined castles, soaring church towers and attractive market towns there are many legends and much folklore – some ancient, some relatively modern – as to give the place an air of intriguing weirdness.

Old traditions, ghosts of avenging kings, highwaymen, headless queens, ancient buried treasures, demonic entities, notorious villains, treacherous barons, murderous earls, ley-lines, paganism, yew-shrouded churchyards, old ivy-covered houses, witchcraft, strange fearsome beasts – including the notorious Black Shuck who gives his name to Shuckland – frequently involve incidents linked to the landscape.

Buy here £12.95 Paperback

Norfolk Folk Tales

Buy here £9.99 Paperback