Hodderscoop: 31 October 2014

By Anne Perry

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Hodderscoop with tags Halloween

If you’re in London this evening, why not drop into one of these haunted pubs for a drink? The George Inn near London Bridge, the Lamb and Flag in Covent Garden and the Old Red Cow in Smithfield are also said to be haunted, and you can’t beat Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street for atmosphere. If you’re near Vauxhall, drop into the Morpeth Arms, said to be haunted by the ghosts of the prisoners from the nearby (and now destroyed) Millgate Prison.

 

If you’d like to see a ghost somewhere else in London, try wandering the courtyard at Somerset House (said to be haunted by a gray lady), take in a showing of the Lion King at the Lyceum (which has two ghosts), or wander through Smithfield Market late at night – it has a long and bloody history, and it’s said that, on certain nights, you can still hear the screams and smell the smoke from the executions of the Marian Martyrs that occurred in the market.

67da1277One of London’s most well-known ghosts is the infamous Black Dog of Newgate. Although the infamous Newgate Prison was demolished long ago, a portion of one wall remains. And not just any portion – this portion of the wall runs alongside what was known as Dead Man’s Walk. Here’s the story: condemned prisoners were led along an exterior wall of the prison before being hanged and, over time, the walk itself developed the reputation of being haunted by the so-called Black Dog of Newgate, a formless shadow that haunts the shadows and slithers along the top of the wall before disappearing. You can read more about the dog here.

Curious about why we carve Jack O’Lanterns? Sate your curiosity here! And then admire some truly stunning pumpkins here.

Do you have a favourite Halloween candy? Mine was always candy corn, which you don’t get much of in the UK.

Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea? Buzzfeed has got you covered!

440deathstarIn completely unrelated-to-Halloween stuff: here’s a pie chart about how all the Roman emperors from 14 AD to 395 AD died.

And here‘s a five-minute-long video of Aiden Gillen playing a ‘post-human teacher/guide/creator’ space wizard, and also explaining the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. Littlefinger in space! In the game of science, you send a probe into space or you die.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, here’s Amy Pohler quizzing GRRM about his ASoIaF characters.

¬†Happy Halloween! Here’s what you may have missed this week:

Sharan turned her hand (and some Tipp-Ex) to this week’s UnCovered. Got it yet?

London featured two fantastic author events… on the same night! Scott K. Andrews interviewed SFX’s Editor in Chief, Dave Bradly, for the British Fantasy Society’s monthly open night, and Lavie Tidhar launched A Man Lies Dreaming at the Piccadilly Hatchard’s. Good stuff!

The Hodderscape team revisited some favourite Halloween costumes of yore…

And then talked up some of the great stuff we read and watched this month!

And don’t forget! We’ve got a survey running AND we’re doing a special Halloween giveaway!

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