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  • Darbies: spooks, spectres or mummers?

    The word is not lost completely, however. There are at least two place names in Newfoundland that include the word “darby.” The first is Darby's ...

  • Moving islands and monster meat

    One of the written accounts of a miraculous aquatic beastie off the shores of Newfoundland may date back to around the year 560 AD. It involves ...

  • Something fishy about Fishot Island

    Fishot Island is the largest of a group of islands in the southern entrance to Hare Bay on the northeast side of the Northern Peninsula. The ...

  • My love affair with graveyards

    This is not a new thing for me, either. For as long as I can remember, I have carried on a bit of a love affair with cemeteries. I have childhood ...

  • Placentia Bay haunted by flaming Greek galley

    They range from the ghostly remains of wrecked vessels which appear each year on the date they were lost, to phantom ships which appear to warn ...

  • Playing card characters come to life

    It is one of my favourite perks of doing what I do. Sometimes they are stories I have heard before, and sometimes they are new to me.Sometimes, ...

  • Storms give rise to mystery light

    Towards the end of 1928, author Charles Jamieson recounted his boyhood experiences with the light for the Newfoundland Quarterly. He wrote: “Only ...

  • Written in blood: Some place names have gruesome origins

    One example I gave is a legend concerning one Michael Turpin, who lost his head to a group of Beothuk, and whose blood stained the spot of the ...

  • A fairy story from across the border

    This week’s fairy story is from just over the Labrador border, in the Bonne Esperance region of Quebec’s Lower North Shore. But there is a ...

  • Some ways of counting crows

    This tradition seems to have English origins with beliefs about magpies. According to a BBC website, “...one magpie on its own is a sign of bad ...