Next EdFortSocOnline : Tuesday the 10th of November

John Tantallon will be talking on

From the Dark Wardie Steps to the Ominous Tally Toor : North Edinburgh Nightmares

“What’s at the bottom of Wardie Steps?” was the question my Grandfather asked me all those years ago.
He was a man with a lifetime of experience at sea who acquired the rank of Chief Petty Officer and would later sail on countless vessels in Scottish waters and afar.
During his years, my Grandfather relayed many tales of local history to me and many ghost stories.
It was here that my curiosity began. The tale of a trawlerman terrorised onboard a cursed voyage only to appear face to face with a ghostly nautical apparition scared me to no end.
After hearing the frightening tale of “Slange Var,” I remained hooked.
My passion for ghost stories commenced at a young age. I discovered many terrifying tales from the boundaries of North Edinburgh. Now so shall you.

Hear the tale of a phantom security guard, who haunts the barren landscape of Leith Docks.
Listen to a terrifying recollection from an ex-employee of the ominous Craigcrook Castle.
Discover the alarming tale of a mysterious bed inside a Granton property and the recently deceased owner who returned to reclaim his prize possession.
I will relay these stories and many more, North Edinburgh Nightmares.
From 7.30pm on our YouTube channel.

Next EdFortSocOnline : Tuesday the 13th of October, 7.30pm

Robert Schneck (author of the report which was filmed as The Bye Bye Man) will talk on “Otherwise Inexplicable”, a look at how people explained autoerotic asphyxiation fatalities when they did not know that autoerotic asphyxiation existed.  A selection of cases from 1884 to 1953 are used to illustrate explanations that fall into three main categories: suicide, murder, and misadventure.
In other words – an uncommon event, little understood – how have the explanations altered with time, and how can Forteans learn from that?

Next EdFortSocOnline : Tuesday 8th September, 19:30

Sharon Hill will be talking on Spooky Geology


Explore the weird earth with a look at geological situations, phenomena, and anomalies that are perceived by many laypersons as having a magical, paranormal, or supernatural basis. Spooky Geology is a website and conceptual framework to examine earth mysteries and energies, alternative geological ideas, haunted locations, anomalies, geomythology, and unusual, sometimes dangerous, natural phenomena. Widely-believed folkloric or superstitious concepts that are still popular today include water witching (dowsing), ley lines, entrances to Hell, crystal healing power, and energy vortices. Alternative fringe beliefs about the earth, such as the Flat Earth “theory” and End Times catastrophes appear in mainstream media gaining new attention and proponents. Rounding out the unsetting natural events are accounts of moving, ringing and exploding rocks, sudden ground collapse, and bizarre specimens. Geologist Sharon Hill peers into the (nearly) bottomless pit of abnormal, supranormal and paranormal ideas about our planet.

The talk goes live at 7.30pm BST on Gordon’s Youtube channel.

Sharon Hill is a licensed geologist in Pennsylvania with a life-long interest in anomalous natural phenomena and paranormal belief. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Geosciences program, she also obtained a Masters of Education focused on Science and the Public from the State University of New York at Buffalo and works as a manager for the Department of Environmental Resources of Pennsylvania in the Mining bureau. She is a contributor to Fortean Times magazine, has published journal articles about ghosts in popular culture, and authored the book Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers.

Not a pic of Sharon Hill
Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Next EdFortSocOnline : Tues 11th August

Scott Lyall will be talking on:

Beyond Bigfoot: North America’s Other Mystery Primates

We’re all familiar with bigfoot, the large, cone-headed, hairy giant of the Pacific Northwest. However, there are reports of other primate- like creatures that don’t match this description, and seem to be something else. Join us as we look at reports of devil monkeys, skunk apes and other hairy hominids. Is North America really home to a diversity of undiscovered primates or could there be other explanations?
Video goes live at 7.30pm on Gordon’s Youtube channel :

Next EdFort Online : 7.30pm, Tuesday the 9th of June


Stew Smith : Da Music o’ Da Trows

The Shetland Islands are the most northerly in the British Isles and have a rich folklore tradition descending from their norse roots. The local version of the little people or faerie folk there are the Trows, small humanoids who live under the hills, emerging to cause mischief. They are famous for their love of music and many traditional Shetland folk songs are considered to be “Trowie Tunes”, directly inspired by interactions with the Trows. In this talk I’ll introduce you to the Trows and their music, as well as talking through a few other Shetland myths and monsters.

The video channel  can be found here.

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Those of you who have seen the latest EdFort online meeting will have seen details of a cut price offer of subscriptions to Fortean Times. Here it is for everyone else (UK only, sorry).

With your special subscription offer, you’ll get:

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Don’t miss out – this offer is only available until Sunday 17th May

Next EdFortSoc : Tuesday the 12th of May

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society will take place online via Gordon’s Youtube channel.
This will be on Tuesday the 12th of May at 7.30pm BST and it’s a Fortean quiz!  There will be hard and difficult questions and some explanations of the answers.
Come along and have some fun.  If you’re in lockdown with a fellow Fortean compete against them, otherwise put your score in the comments and see how well you do against everyone else!
Edit : And here it is!

Next EdFortSoc : Tues 14th April, 7.30pm

So, in these times of social distancing the Edinburgh Fortean Society is meeting online courtesy of YouTube.
Gordon Rutter will be talking on The Weird World of Charles Fort

The Edinburgh Fortean Society is named after Charles Fort. This is a chance to find out who he was.
We’ll be starting at 7.30pm on YouTube, the exact link to the stream will be put online on the morning of Tuesday the 14th
Hope you’re all well and I hope you can make it.
We’ll try to do something every month online until we can meet again in person.

Next EdFortSoc : Tuesday the 10th of March

James Kerr will be talking on
“Everything supernatural that has ever happened to me, in order” 
A lively look at how the paranormal is experienced in an everyday life plus detailed descriptions of being a subject in ESP experiments at the Edinburgh Koestler Institute.
Tuesday the 10th of March
7.30 pm
The Attic Comedy Room at The Beehive, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.