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Writer of dark fantasy & Gothic horror. Blogger of weird myths and folklore.

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charon, the ferryman of greek mythology

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 25, 2016

Meet Charon: the legendary ferryman of Greek myth!

Charon, the ancient ferryman of Greek myth, is one of those figures that pops up even where other deities get ignored or forgotten. Sometimes people simply call him ‘the ferryman’ and he loses his name, but we all know who we’re referring to. But who was Charon, and what is the folklore surrounding him? The…

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awesome power of daydreams for writers

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 24, 2016

The Awesome Power of Daydreams for Fiction Writers

Daydreams are probably the easiest (and cheapest) way to pass the time. Stuck in a waiting room? Sure, you could check Facebook or see if there are any Pokemon around. Or you could let your mind wander to somewhere far more exciting! And as writers, we should be taking advantage of daydreams for two pretty…

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creative rule system

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 22, 2016

Can a creative rule system boost your creativity?

If you’re looking to boost your creativity, then the last thing you might consider is a creative rule system. Stop shuddering at the back there. Rules don’t inhibit creativity. In fact, you could argue that they promote creativity. Let me give you an example. For a few years, I wrote stories to post on my blog every…

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common garden flowers

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 18, 2016

Common Garden Flowers: Folklore of Bluebells, Daffodils & Hydrangeas

A few weeks ago we looked at the folklore of flowers, focusing on Angel’s Trumpet, Foxgloves, and Deadly Nightshade. This week, I thought we’d bring it a little closer to home and look at three really common garden flowers – that are all toxic! You can find these in any garden in the UK, while daffodils…

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hiring an editor

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 15, 2016

8 Things You Need To Know About Hiring An Editor

Hiring an editor can sometimes seem to be a bit of a minefield, full of do’s and don’ts. It’s super important to have a proper editor look over your work, so I’ve thrown open my blog to the brilliant Sarah Fox to give you 8 crucial things to consider when you think about hiring an…

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crossroads

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 11, 2016

3 powerful people to meet at the crossroads!

Last week we looked at what 3 weird things you might find at an English crossroads. A lot of people on Twitter wanted to know more, so I’ve widened my focus to include more global crossroads legends! This week we’ll look at a more well-known legend about the Devil and the Deep South, a Vodou figure,…

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ghost ramps

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 8, 2016

Road to Nowhere: Exploring Ghost Ramps

Spend any time on Pinterest or Flickr and you’re bound to find a slew of photos of abandoned spaces. I’ve got a fondness for abandoned houses, theatres and so on. Both sad and mysterious, they don’t always give up their stories easily, and you need a lot of imagination to re-paper the peeling walls, shore…

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crossroads

Published by Icy Sedgwick on August 4, 2016

3 weird things you might find at a crossroads

Crossroads occur in folklore and legends all over the world. Whether people are trying to make deals with the Devil, or burying the dead, crossroads provide an eerie backdrop. Where the roads actually cross is neither one road nor the other, so the crossroads is often referred to as a ‘liminal’ place. Owen Davies defines…

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dickens in Newcastle

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 31, 2016

Charles Dickens in Newcastle upon Tyne

Charles Dickens is more commonly linked with the great city of London. Throughout his career, he immortalised its dark streets and troubled inhabitants in his fiction. But London isn’t the only city to lay claim to an association. My own hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne also hosted the great man himself! Grainger Street is a…

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roman gods

Published by Icy Sedgwick on July 28, 2016

Roman gods in Newcastle upon Tyne: Neptune and Oceanus

Since Newcastle upon Tyne sits on an ancient site of human occupation, it’s hardly surprising that offerings to Roman gods can be found among its archaeology. I spotted these altars in the Great North Museum at Hancock and decided to delve further into two of the Roman gods of Pons Aelius. These two altars were actually found…

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