Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday 12th April

Upstairs in the Beehive, Grassmarket
£1 entrance
Richard Freeman will be talking on
Carry On Up The Jungle: The Continuing Search For Orang-Pendek.
In September of 2022 Richard Freeman visited the jungles of Sumatra for the 6th time. Searching for the orang-pendek or ‘short-man’, an unknown species of ape he, Karl Marshall and Gordie Jackson ventured into jungle areas they had not visited before and turned up new information on not only the orang-pendek but other mysteries and caught something amazing on camera.

Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday the 8th of March

The Comedy Attic
The Beehive,

An EdFort Social

This will be our birthday event this year (actual birthday of the group is April). It will be a social with a chance to chat to people. But there will also be an auction of books etc to raise group funds, donations gratefully accepted.

This will also be an opportunity to hear about some of the planned events for next year which will mark 25 years since the group was founded. And also a chance to throw suggestions into the mix as well.

And as it’s our birthday celebration there may be cake…

Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday 11th January

Scott Lyall will be speaking on:
Do The Hills Really Have Eyes: The Emergent Folklore Of Cannibals In US National Parks
Tales of strange disappearances and sightings of wild, primitive looking people within national parks in the US have become more common on social media in the last couple of years. In this talk, I’ll look at the content of these reports and look at what the origins of these beliefs are, and whether there’s anything to them. This will take in native folklore, horror movies, the Missing 411 mythos, bigfoot, and take us from the Galloway coast to the Smokey Mountains.
Is this purely a cultural phenomenon, or do the hills really have eyes?
Beehive Inn
7.30pm, £1

Next EdFortSoc : Wed 9th November, 7.30pm

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society is Wednesday the 9th of November at 7.30pm, upstairs in the Beehive pub, Grassmarket. £1 entry.

The first meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society Film Club!

During lockdown we had book recommendations so moving on from there we are going to have Fortean film recommendations!
Those who have volunteered will give us the reasons why they love a particular film so much then we will watch the trailer.
If anyone on the night feels moved to add extra recommendations then the more the merrier and if anyone would like to recommend a film but they can’t be there get in touch and we’ll see if we can record an intro from you, so you can be there, in spirit at least!

Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday 12th of October at 7.30pm

James Kerr will be talking on
(Ghost) Trains and Boats and Planes – from the Flying Dutchman to phantom truckers, Mexico’s red cars and Russia’s black volgas, there is no shortage of intangible inanimate objects haunting the traffic network worldwide. But what are these apparitions? Are they ghosts at all?
Upstairs in the Beehive pub, Grassmarket. £1 entry
Ghost Train

Next EdFortSoc : Wednesday the 14th of September at 7.30pm

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society is Wednesday the 14th of September at 7.30pm, upstairs in the Beehive pub, Grassmarket. £1 entry

‘Some Ghost Stories Which Trouble Me’

By Alan Murdie, chairman of the Ghost Club

There is no doubt that people see ghosts and apparitions, but the question is : what are people actually experiencing?
Broadly speaking, parapsychological theories concerning ghosts and hauntings have fallen into two classes – those viewing ghosts as enduring mental images generated by once living people detectable by sensitive individuals and those which consider them as evidence of a spirit or the survival of some aspect of a once-living personality.
A case can be made for both viewpoints; again parapsychologists and psychical researchers tend to favour the idea that ghosts and apparitions are just images, whereas popular ghost hunters and amateur groups tend to embrace the idea of unquiet spirits.
In this talk Alan Murdie looks at some cases that are hard to classify under either hypothesis, giving rise to: ‘Some ghost stories that trouble me!’.

Alan Murdie, LL.B, Barrister is active in psychical research in the UK and abroad. He has conducted research into ghosts and hauntings in UK, Romania and Colombia. He has written and broadcast extensively on paranormal topics for local, national, and international media. He is a council member of the Society for Psychical Research, the author of Haunted Edinburgh and writes the monthly column ‘Ghostwatch’ for Fortean Times covering ghosts, poltergeists and survival after death. He is a chairman of the UK’s Ghost Club originally founded in 1862.

Next EdFortSoc Event : Friday 2nd September

Nightmares of the New Town
Join John Tantalon and North Edinburgh Nightmares on a terrifying trip to Edinburgh New Town. Nightmares of the New Town features various locations, each with a frightening tale.
Hear the chilling tale of a murderous sea captain who continues to manifest from beyond the grave.
Witness the location of a cursed Egyptian object and the paranormal chaos that ensued.
Journey to Stockbridge and hear the story of the infamous Baby Farmers and their horrifying murderous legacy.
Does a vampire still haunt an Inverleith location? The one-time site of the chilling William Brien House Hotel.
These stories and many more await you. Join John and the Edinburgh Fortean Society at 7.30 pm on Friday 2nd September. The walk lasts 90 minutes and is two miles long.
For any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with John at
The Nightmares of the New Town await you.
To book on the walk and to get the start location details please send a message to Gordon Rutter that you will be there.
(Accessibility : part of the route may have a few steps.)

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 !