Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday the 13th of July at 7.30pm

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society will be Wednesday the 13th of July at 7.30pm.
This will be held in the Comedy Attic of The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket.
John Tantalon will be talking on:-
Beyond North Edinburgh Nightmares
John Tantalon, author of North Edinburgh Nightmares, will treat us to some spooky tales from North Edinburgh, including new material from his latest book and some from his next book covering Hampshire and Surrey.
There will also be an appearance from one of the witnesses to some spooky happenings from Brunstane Farm, Portobello as well as a recounting of some incidents during a recording of an episode of North Edinburgh Nightmares at The Sheep Heid Pub.
£1 entry

Next EdFortSoc : Wed 8th June, 7.30pm

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society is Wednesday the 8th of June at 7.30pm.

This will be held in the Comedy Room of the Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Stuart Robbins will be speaking on

TALES OF TREES BEWITCHED : Weird wanderings among Scottish trees

“To enter a wood is to pass into a different world in which we ourselves are transformed.” : Roger Deakin, Wildwood: A Journey through Trees

Our forests are haunted – places of ritual, imagination and the supernatural. Stuart Robbins will take us on a highly visual journey around Scotland in search of remarkable and mysterious individual trees, exploring their folktales, history and fortean themes including ghosts, witches, fairies and death.
Originally intended as a lockdown online Edinburgh Fortean event, Stuart will introduce his presentation. There’ll be a follow up Q&A session, and an opportunity to contribute with any weird tree tales you have to tell.

£1 entry

Next EdFortSoc LIVE : Wednesday 11th May, 7.30pm

The legendary Ash Pryce will be speaking on

Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

In 1848, Western New York , two young sisters stumbled across the spirit world and a religion rapidly grew out of it. Stretching from the Tsars of Russia, to the court of the French Emperor, across oceans and continents, a movement spread. In 1888 the sisters revealed a startling secret – the spirit rappings that originated the movement had been faked.

Ash Pryce is a stage mentalist and founder of the Edinburgh Skeptics society. In his first traditional lecture in more than a decade, he will be looking at the world of the Victorian Occult, the big names that sold it, and the skeptics that tried to expose it, and the women that created a global phenomena.



This will be held in the restaurant area of the Beehive Bar in Grassmarket, this is on the floor below our normal meeting room. Admission only £1 !

Next EdFortSoc LIVE : Wednesday, 13th April

Wednesday the 13th of April represents the return to real life meetings of the Edinburgh Fortean Society.

We will be meeting in the Comedy Room (upstairs as far as you can go) of the Beehive pub in Grassmarket from 7.30 pm, and it’s a social meeting – no organised talk but a chance to chat to everyone, to be out meeting friends face to face.

Please note this meeting is a Wednesday rather than our previous Tuesday meeting, it is likely that we will be making the move to the second Wednesday of the month for the foreseeable future.

Next EdFortSocOnline : Tuesday 8th March

The Edinburgh Fortean Society presents :

In Conversation with Matt Bille

Join Gordon Rutter and Matt Bille as they talk about cryptozoology.

Matt is an author and his first two cryptozoology books are Rumors of Existence and Shadows of Existence. His latest book, Of Books and Beasts : A Cryptozoologist’s Library, was published at the end of 2021.

A frequent contributor to TV programmes Matt has had a prolific blog since 2005.

The video will be available online from 7.30pm on Tuesday the 8th of March from

Next EdFortSocOnlineLive : Tuesday 8th Feb, 8pm

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society will take place live on Zoom on Tuesday the 8th of February at 8pm GMT (note slightly later than normal start time).
Gordon Rutter will be speaking on
The Complete and Mostly Accurate History of the Edinburgh Fortean Society (pt 1).
On the go since April 1999 but what were the early days like?  What were the talks about and who gave them?
Available as a part work which will eventually build up to a complete history of the Edinburgh Fortean Society. Come along and enjoy Part 1 – The Beginning.
Live on Zoom at 8pm, video will be subsequently uploaded to YouTube.
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Time: Feb 8, 2022 08:00 PM London
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Next EdFortSocOnline : 7.30pm, 11th January, 2022

Fifty years of Fortean TV: the good, the bad and the preposterous
From ‘In Search Of..’ with the bloke who plays Spock to.. erm.. ‘In Search Of’ with the bloke who plays Spock and everything in between and sometimes either side, Stu Neville, the FT’s resident couch potato, looks at half a century of Fortean-themed television from the sublime to the ridiculous.
A recorded version will be uploaded to facebook.
Jan 11, 2022 7:30 PM
Meeting ID: 892 5135 3012
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Next EdFortSocOnline LIVE : Tuesday the 9th of November, 7.30pm

Poppets and Magical Dolls – A Talk by Lucya Starza
Poppets are dolls used for sympathetic magic, and can be designed in the likeness of individuals to represent them in spells to help, heal or harm.
The word poppet comes from the Middle Ages in England, originally meaning a small doll or child or an instrument of witchcraft. It is still in use today as a name of endearment as well as for a magical doll.
Lucya Starza, witch and author of Pagan Portals – Poppets and Magical Dolls, Pagan Portals – Candle Magic, and Pagan Portals – Scrying will be talking about the history of effigies in both healing and cursing as well as how to make them.
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Next EdFortSocOnline LIVE : Tuesday the 12th of October at 7.30pm, live via Zoom

Steve Parsons will be talking on
“Ghost Hunters and Ghost Gadgets”.
Introducing the latest SPR publication for  ghost investigators and a look at some of the methods and equipment that investigators use.

In 2012 and again in 2014, The Wall Street Journal Called Steve Parsons “The Gold Standard of Ghost Hunting.”

Steve is a unique investigator of ghosts, hauntings and related phenomena whose background, peer recognition, experience, and knowledge separate him from a domain full of pseudo-scientific amateur ghost hunters. He has hunted for ghosts since childhood and has been a full time investigator for more than 30 years. Peers and leading academic parapsychologists acknowledge him to be one of the best paranormal investigators in the UK.

He has been involved in many areas of psychical research and has developed and pioneered new methods of investigating ghosts and haunting phenomena. He remains at the forefront of true scientific ghost hunting. His work on infrasound and the paranormal led him to design and build specialist equipment to precisely measure & record location based Infrasound. Using newly applied digital photographic techniques, he was the first to finally demonstrate and prove that the much debated orb phenomenon has a mundane explanation.

Steve has contributed to, and participated in, numerous documentaries for broadcasters Worldwide including productions for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Japanese TV and for both the BBC and other UK broadcasters. In addition, he has worked as the paranormal investigator on hit TV shows Most Haunted and I’m Famous & Frightened, cleverly balancing the entertainment needs of the shows with his technical & rigorous approach to investigations.

He has written five books and is a regular contributor to the news media, books & magazines, his prolific work has featured and has been cited in numerous books, peer reviewed journals, as well as popular magazines and newspapers. Since 2012, he has co-hosted the popular Ghost Chronicles International radio show and hosts his own paranormal themed show on independent radio.

His forthright and no nonsense approach is well known throughout paranormal investigation circles and he has a hard won reputation for producing results. Steve continues to present his research at academic conferences and public ‘paracon’ events in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Steve is the co-founder of Para.Science, which in 2021 celebrated 28 years of active spontaneous case investigation. Some of these investigations involved tens of thousands of man hours and several years to complete. A commitment to quality that will continue into the future.

In addition to his work with Para.Science, he is often asked to act as an independent advisor on many other investigations offering training, support and analysis of subsequent evidence. He is currently a Council member for The Society for Psychical Research – SPR (founded 1882) an Advisor to The Ghost Club (founded 1862).

Tuesday 12th of October live via zoom, including Q and A
7.30pm via Zoom
Topic: Edinburgh Fortean Society – October Meeting Time: Oct 12, 2021 07:30 PM London
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