Ghost Stories: The Man in the Moss and The Slough of Melton Feg

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Spooky swampland at Black Bayou.

Spooky swampland at Black Bayou.

Ghost Stories are fun. Here’s another good one from Anil Balan, and in that vein a link to The Slough of Melton Feg, my own tale of Bog bodies! https://hughpaxton.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/supernatural-short-story-another-tale-from-the-deuteronomy-club/

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A rich body of geographical lore, much of it related to real or imaginary hazards, characterises perceptions of bog landscapes. Bog bursts, will-o’-the-wisps, carnivorous plants, weird creatures, and perceptions of the ‘bottomless’ bog all play a part in the folklore of the landscapes. For example, there is Lindow Man, the preserved body of a man discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss near Wilmslow in Cheshire, North West England on 1 August 1984 by commercial peat-cutters. The find, which is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 1980s, caused a media sensation and helped invigorate study of ‘bog men’ in Britain. Ambiguity about the features of bog landscapes is further heightened by the descriptive terminology employed by tale tellers, who present to us a world inhabited by meanings that go beyond the physical environment and touch on the primordial inner landscape. Not long after its discovery, Lindow Man…

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