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  • Ghost ship stories serve a purpose

    Last night, I sat in the cosy library living room of Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir in Kirkwall, with a purring cat and the coal fire burning in ...

  • A devil of a dancer

    As we talked about supernatural stories and folk belief, conversation turned to the topic of the devil. I knew a story about a Devil’s Rock in ...

  • Black bear has drinking problem

    The theme was “Landscapes to Language: What Shapes Us?” and I was there to talk about the exciting work happening all across Newfoundland and ...

  • Who’s afraid of a big, bad ghost?

    The mine, opened by Smith McKay and CF Bennett, brought prosperity to the town, and by 1916, the population had grown to 1,500.In 1986, the ...

  • It’s a ship! It’s a sub! Nope, just a light

    Last week, I was in Old Bona-venture to present a series of historic plaques to registered heritage buildings. One of the plaques, for St. Luke’s ...

  • Ghost ships that pass in the night

    Older readers with knowledge of Bell Island and surroundings may have memories of retired ferries like the Kipawa and the John Guy. Descriptions ...

  • The story of Father Duffy’s Well

    Last week, I made a pilgrimage to Father Duffy’s Well, on Salmonier Line. I had driven past the spot on numerous occasions, but had never ...

  • Haunted by headless spectres

    Headless ghosts have a firm role in the folklore of Newfoundland and Labrador. Years ago, while I was doing folklore fieldwork in Hebron, ...

  • Wreath theft caused ghostly wrath

    Originally known as Cap Rouge, the little community of Crouse on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula housed an important French fishing station in ...

  • A ghostly burden

    A little while ago, I was asked for some ghost stories from Holyrood. I dug through my files, and came up with this gem.Towards the end of the ...