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Frighten Brighton 25th February 2012

Posted by Sara on February 22, 2012

Oh Mother, May I…?!

For all you fans of classic horror out there, this Saturday the 25thFebruary marks the second Frighten Brighton event at the Rock Inn Kemptown.

Last years Frighten Brighton was a great success and this one promises to be another fun-filled horror fuelled event – with more films, quizzes, giveaways, book signings and even a ghost story in the haunted basement. And Brighton’s very own Macabre Market will be onsite, featuring loads of stalls selling a variety of horror-themed loveliness.

The event starts at Mid-day Saturday 25th February. Tickets are £6 for the double bill starting at 5pm – everything else, including the 2pm screening of Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell – is free!

Facebook event page – http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/207184382708517/

Facebook Brighton Horror Posse Page – http://www.facebook.com/#!/BrightonHorrorPosse

Frighten Brighton Website – http://frightenbrighton.wordpress.com/

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Frighten Brighton Saturday 3rd December

Posted by Sara on December 2, 2011

Cyberschizoid and Scare Sarah, the team behind the successful Classic Horror Campaign film screenings across the UK present the first in a series of Brighton based horror events.

Frighten Brighton is taking place at The Rock Inn, Brighton on Saturday 3rd December  from midday. The event will consist of a horror movie triple bill alongside a Macabre Market, a book signing from local horror writer N.J.Hallard (Breaking News : An Autozombiography) , a horror quiz, fancy dress competition and free giveaways courtesy of Rue Morgue, the world’s leading horror culture magazine.

The horror screenings begin at 2pm and feature Frankenstein & the Monster From Hell (1974), The Entity (1981) and Night of the Living Dead (1990) all for only £6 admission per person. Entrance to the Rock Inn pub and Macabre Market are free.

Website: http://frightenbrighton.wordpress.com/

Book tickets : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/138888

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Brighton Shock

Posted by Sara on April 8, 2010

Last weekend the World Horror Convention 2010 came to Brighton – the first time the WHC has ever been held outside of the USA. For four days we found ourselves wandering the twisty turny passages embowelled deep within the Albion Hotel enjoying all things horror and literary.

We turned up Thursday afternoon to register and collect our big bag of freebies – including a fantastic souvenir anthology featuring contributions from attending guests of honour and illustrated by some of the genre’s major artists.  I was also most pleased with my complimentary Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics.

There was a lot to keep us busy throughout the weekend – with a programme packed full of  panel discussions, readings, art shows, interviews, parties, launches, workshops and more besides. Highlights included Ramsey Campbell’s late night ghost stories and the fabulous James Herbert being interviewed by surprise guest Neil Gaiman.

This was a great opportunity to listen and learn from all the great masters of the macabre in attendance, as well as a chance to check out some of the newer writers in horror. As usual though, I bought too many books and wish there had been more time!

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Sand Circles?

Posted by Sara on September 19, 2009

westpiersandcircle

A low, low tide yesterday has revealed what I’ve suspected for a while now. Fed up with trying to contact us through elaborately drawn patterns in corn crops, those pesky Aliens have decided to try communicating with their long lost brethren from Atlantis instead – via means of an undersea network of symbols  decipherable only by followers of the great Cthulhu himself.

iacthulhuwakeup

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Lucky Stones!

Posted by Sara on May 15, 2009

Pebbled beaches, who’d have them? They hurt your feet and are rubbish for making sandcastles. However, from this day forth I will complain no more, since I have recently discovered that, crunching beneath my poor tortured tootsies, these shingled shores hold an ancient and forgotten secret – the secret of the Lucky Stones.

So what’s a Lucky Stone ? Well, it’s a stone with a hole right through it and there are more found along the Sussex coast than anywhere else in the world. Collected and treasured as talismans from as far back as the Neolithic ages, these holy flints where considered to have magical powers and believed to be able to ward off illness and misfortune. Fishermen would not sail without them, keeping them on board to increase their catches and farmers would nail them to their barns to protect their livestock. In the Victorian days it was considered especially lucky to spit on the stone, and toss it over your left shoulder  chanting:

Lucky stone lucky stone bring me some luck
Today or tomorrow at Twelve O’Clock.
lucky horseshoe

It’s good luck to find a stone, even better to be given one and extra lucky to steal one from someone else. Rub them over any afflicted area of your body to relieve pain and sickness, or wear one for luck and to ward off witches, the devil and the evil eye. It was also believed that a stone hung over the bed of a woman in labour would make the birth go much smoother.

If all this is beginning to sound a bit Finbarr – fear not, for this isn’t something I’ve just hastily scribbled off the back of some  dodgy new age cereal packet. In fact, I recently stumbled across an amazing book at the bookstall down by the West Pier called Lucky Sussex by John Behague. This wonderfully entertaining and informative book contains everything you need to know about flint and Lucky Stones and is a treasure trove of  information and anecdotes on local characters, history and superstition. I loved this book and had great fun reading it. The book was published by Pomegranate Press in 1998 and might be out of print.

luckysussex

Of course if you aren’t lucky enough to find a copy for yourself or if you don’t live anywhere near any lucky beaches, you can always fall back on that old comic book classic and just Rub the Buddha for money.

Good Luck!

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Things to do in May

Posted by Sara on April 22, 2009

May looks so choc full of fabulous gothicky goodness I thought it might be better to write about things before they happen for a change.

ev2008_01498First up is the cheerily titled “Death and Mourning in Victorian England” Taking place in St John’s Chapel, Woodvale cemetery, this is an illustrated talk on how Victorians fused fascinating rituals with elaborate etiquette in order to mourn their dead. This vast, enchanting cemetery is steeped in history and worth a visit in itself. 4th and 16th May 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Entrance Fee: £6.00, (£5.00 Concessions)

For lovers of all things Steampunk, The Steam Punk Hidden Circus are landing in the Marlborough Little Theatre for one day only to present remarkable acts ‘from a future seen in the past’. Thrills and spills guaranteed and comes with an all day Steampunk market and all. 3rd May 1pm – Midnight. £5.Marlborough Little Theatre, 4 Princes St.

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“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. ….silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

Published fifty years ago The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a genuinely scary read and The Brighton Little Theatre are bringing their adaptation to the stage from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th May. Tickets only £7.50.www.the-little.co.uk

Meanwhile over at the lovely, amazing Sealife centre:

frying-nemo

And last but certainly not least, every Wednesday, upstairs in the haunted room at Northern Lights, Brighton’s very own Ghost Walker, Rob Marks, will be appearing in one of his many guises as Charley Jeremiah Tench, showcasing his new performance ’Ghosts Upstairs’. Enjoy an hour or so of ghostly tales told by candlelight accompanied by a glass of ‘fisherman’s friend’ to chase away those chills. Mr Marks’ exceptional storytelling skills, coupled with some genuinely gruesome tales that are all based in local history, makes this a great night out for ghost hunters and historians alike.

Starts for 8.30pm, Wednesdays.

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Ghost Photo

Posted by Sara on April 16, 2009

I took this photo last weekend when I visited the Sea Life centre; it’s a reconstruction of the beak of an octopus. Even though I’m telling myself it must be caused by a reflection in the glass, or some other such anomaly, I find the image of the eye in the upper left hand side wonderfully eerie. I’ve not doctored the picture in any way and I do not recognise the eye as my own or any one else’s who was with me at the time. It seems perfectly placed to create a rather fantastical, though menacing, looking creature. Sea Life is after all reputed to be haunted so who knows….?

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Ghosts Upstairs – an evening of candlelit tales.

Posted by Sara on April 14, 2009

There’s plenty to titillate the paranormal taste buds this week as tomorrow, Wednesday 15th April, Brighton’s very own Ghost Walker, Rob Marks, be appearing in one of his many guises as Charley Jeremiah Tench, showcasing his new performance ‘Ghosts Upstairs’.

Starting for 8.30pm and taking place upstairs in the haunted room at the Northern Lights Bar, Little East Street, Brighton, the show will feature an hour of ghostly tales told by candlelight with a break for drinks, and no doubt there will be plenty of the house specialty – the fiendishly fortifying ‘Fisherman’s Friend’ – on offer to chase away those chills. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £3.

Anyone who’s been on the Ghost Walk of the Lanes (you can check out our review here) will already be familiar with Rob’s storytelling skills and Wednesday’s showcase promises to be a real treat. Hope to see you there!

charley-tench

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The Lanes Ghost Walk

Posted by Sara on December 21, 2008

Brighton Lanes Ghost Walk

sign113th December 2008 – It was on this damp and windy night we found ourselves outside the Druids Head pub in the lanes waiting for our host to lead us into the darker corners of Brighton’s past.The Ghost Walk of the Lanes runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May till December and starts prompt at 7.30pm.

Our guide was the splendiferously attired Rob Marks. Unfortunately our camera ‘mysteriously‘ failed on this excursion so we are unable to provide any decent photo’s of him decked out in all his Victorian finery accompanied by his macabre props. Instead you will just have to make do with a poster and some photos taken a few days later.

From the Druid’s head, reputed to be the most haunted pub in Brighton and built near a stone circle,town-hall we traversed to the Town Hall to learn of ghostly monks and gruesome murders. We were then led to Old Steine, an area of open land near the sea front dominated by a gloriously grotesque huge Victorian fountain. This is the favourite haunt of what must be one of the most horrifically mutilated ghosts to ever flutter around this earth – the poor old John Robinson, an 18th century adventurer whose eyes were burnt out with hot irons in Persia. Destitute and destined to a life left begging in Tehran he eventually made it back to his home town in Brighton only to die soon after. It is rumoured that those who see him never forget the sight of the Arabic looking man, with eyes “gouged out so deep the bone of his skull can be seen with maggots still eating away at the rotting flesh on his face”.

Those kindly folk in the 1800’s even had a ditty for him which goes:

“Don’t ye dally, darling dear, in Brighton‘s city clear

The ghost of old John Robinson is waiting for ye there.

If ye look into his face, you’ll end your days that night.

For he’ll steal your eyes from you to give a beggar sight.

Our next stop was Dr Brightons and then on to the Northern Lights, a very convivial Scandinavian bar haunted by an even friendlier ghost. We were led upstairs and, for the bargain price of £1, were each treated to a shot of ‘fishermen’s friend’ – a special beverage concocted in honour of the fisherman who now haunts the place. The warmth from the fire and the alcohol were a welcome break from the cold outside and it was with some reluctance we left Northern Lights to make our way back to the lanes, reputably Brighton’s most haunted quarter.

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the bricked up doorway in the lanes

Twisting and turning through Black Lion and Meeting House Lanes we were regaled with tales of amorous ghosts and mysterious nuns haunting bricked up doorways and cottages dating back to the 1500’s. Our last stop was the Cricketer’s Arms pub, where Graham Greene wrote much of Brighton Rock, and once thought to have housed one of Britain’s most notorious murderers – Jack the Ripper. Robert D’onston is one of the prime suspects in the Ripper case and hospital records show he resided here back in 1888. On several occasions a pale man wearing a long black cloak has been spotted by the manager and the pub is said to be the site of poltergeist activity including bottles and glasses falling off shelves, slamming doors and the sound of footsteps climbing the stairs.

From there it was a short stroll back to the Druids Head for a well deserved drink at the end of the tour. Although we didn’t see any ghosts that evening we all found it great fun and a cracking way to learn about the history of the area. The walk itself covers a relatively short distance and lasts approximate 70 minutes. A bargain and definitely recommended.

**STOP PRESS** What great news to find out this event is still going strong in 2012! I have been sent a recent update by Rob Marks which reads – 

Join actor and master storyteller, Rob Marks, as the mysterious Silas the Ghost Hunter, for a 70 minute walk around Brighton’s most haunted quarter. Take in the history and the spine-chilling tales whilst visiting seven of the area’s most haunted sites. Silas and his fellow storytellers, Jasper and Ebenezer, perform in full Victorian attire complete with Gladstone bag, which holds a few surprises!

The show runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from outside the Druid’s Head pub, Brighton Place (The Lanes). Seven nights a week throughout June, July and August!

Private bookings can be for any night of the week. £8 Adults, £4 Children, £5 Seniors & Students, Family Ticket £20 (2 adults, 2 children).

•     Name:Ghost Walk of the Lanes

•     City:Brighton

•     Telephone:01273 328927 / 07522 605524

http://www.ghostwalkbrighton.co.uk/

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Brighton Zombies?

Posted by Sara on November 22, 2008

Ghostbuster called as sewage workers stalked by zombie

OK not quite Brighton but near enough to cause a section 5 harassment, alarm and distress; this is too good to leave out on a mere technicality…

BWRAIINNNNNNSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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