With atmospheric conditions now at optimum level it is now time to start reading our supernatural themed issue – just in time for the lengthening nights of October and Halloween.
Local photographer Ivan Hawick is no stranger to spooky places. Autumn and winter nights often find him sitting alone in deserted spots around Shetland, patiently waiting for the perfect shot. Turn to page four for Ivan’s eerie photographs of haunted houses, and read the stories behind the images.
Readers of a nervous disposition would do very well to avoid Davy Cooper’s tale, “Lang lies Lowrie” on page seven. If, however, you enjoy the feeling of being terrified out of your wits, then go right ahead and read it. I challenge you to read a more gruesome story this month.
Social anthropologist Alexa Fitzgibbon has been studying local folklore since her arrival on these islands 11 years ago. Don’t miss her intriguing article, which thoughtfully explores the relationship between Shetland’s living and dead.
Regular contributor Alex Garrick-Wright has a keen interest in the supernatural. This issue, Alex looks into the events surrounding the Scalloway Witch Trials of 1616 and, in a separate feature, recounts some of the spooky Shetland stories collected by Victorian adventurer and artist John Thomas Reid.
The supernatural-fest continues, with tales gathered from around Shetland. With stunning photography by May Graham and illustrations by promising young artists Eilidh and Cailean Johnson, we think you’ll find this magazine scarily good.