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.
Topic: Ed Fort February Meeting
Time: Feb 8, 2022 08:00 PM London
Meeting ID: 864 6656 9662
Passcode: v30ZF56U
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Meeting ID: 864 6656 9662
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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
Passcode: 1FsE4Y0F

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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Meeting ID: 837 5453 7981
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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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Next EdFortSocOnline LIVE : Tuesday the 14th of September, 8pm

Ciarán O’Keeffe will be talking on
Exploring the Haunting Reality of Paranormal Encounters
Reports of paranormal experiences—events and situations seemingly beyond scientific explanation—vary tremendously, but are often associated with ghosts, haunted houses, and otherwise eerie circumstances. There exist both classic and modern texts on ghosts and haunted or possessed people, places and spaces; many of them offer discussions of traditional ideas regarding such phenomena or utilize now-outdated research in highly academic and technical ways. A very different approach is offered here in easily understood reviews provided by a leading-edge research program devoted to increasing the understanding of who has ghostly experiences and why.
Please note this will be a live event starting at 8pm (BST) via Zoom.
Time: Sep 14, 2021 07:30 PM London
Meeting ID: 856 1616 1921

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Next EdFortSocOnline : 7.30pm on Tuesday the 10th of August

Scott Lyall will be speaking on
Planet Of The Mystery Apes: A Global Look At Unknown Primates
From the early 20th century on, stories of unknown primates have been a popular culture staple in English speaking countries, with the Yeti and Sasquatch getting media interest in the 1920s and Bigfoot in the 1950s. These creatures remain the best known examples of the phenomenon to this day. However, similar creatures have been reported from all around the world. In this talk, I’ll look at reports of these creatures globally, from the Almasty of Central Asia to the Yowie of Australia, and share some thoughts on what they represent.

Next EdFortSocOnline : Tuesday the 13th of July, 7.30pm BST

UPDATE : Glen’s talk is postponed again, sorry! In its place we present :
* The Edinburgh Fortean Society Book Club *
Do you fancy a good Fortean read? Don’t know what book to go for next? Then let the Edinburgh Fortean Society recommend some of their favourite books.
Several EdFort members tell us about their favourite Fortean books and why they mean so much to them.
Glen Vaudrey will be talking on:
Zooform Phenomena are the most elusive, and least understood, mystery `animals`. Indeed, they are not animals at all, and are not even animate in the accepted terms of the word, but entities or apparitions which adopt, or seem to have (quasi) animal form. These arcane and contentious entities have plagued cryptozoology – the study of unknown animals – since its inception, and tend to be dismissed by mainstream science as thoroughly unworthy of consideration. But they continue to be seen, and Jonathan Downes – the Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology – who first coined the term in 1990, maintains that many zooforms result from a synergy of complex psychosocial and sociological issues, and suggests that to classify all such phenomena as “paranormal” in origin is counterproductive, and for researchers to dismiss them out of hand is thoroughly unscientific.