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Unnatural Predators: More Folklore of Fear

Deborah Hyde talks on the history and folklore of fear, and how legends have been made from ordinary people.


The Vampire has fascinated Western Europe from the early 1700s, but the tradition was a real part of Eastern European lives for a considerable time before that. In the last three centuries, the icon has been taken up by art of all kinds - literature, film and graphics - and it has had a lasting effect on fashion and culture. But what is the authentic story behind tales of the predatory, living dead and can we understand a little more about being human by studying these accounts?
We will look at recent attempts to understand the folklore and try to work out how an Eastern European ritual made its way to late nineteenth century New England, USA.
Deborah Hyde writes, lectures internationally and appears on broadcast media to discuss superstition, religion and belief in the supernatural.
She uses a range of approaches and disciplines from history to psychology to investigate the folklore of the malign and to discover why it is so persistent throughout all human communities and eras. She is currently writing a book 'Unnatural Predators' and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine.


Speaker(s):

Deborah Hyde | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

21 July 2013 at 11:00 am

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
0207 242 8034
http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/

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£3/£2

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Additional Information:

Free admission to Conway Hall Ethical Society Members.
Tea & Coffee will be available.

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