Folk tales, local legends and fairy stories? – Guest posts wanted!

It is five o’clock here in England and my daily featured spot is empty again. I feel unwanted, abandoned, bereft… Here I am, all ready to welcome guests, and not a guest in sight! I could just sigh and reblog a post I have enjoyed, or I can use the space to offer it  to you. I already have the regular Be My Guest and the Elusive Realities series detailed below, but what if I asked for something else?

I love learning about different times and places, especially the kind of lore that seldom makes it into books. The blogosphere has no nationality and encompasses the whole world…  what better place to learn?

How did your granny predict the weather? What did your great uncle Albert tell you about the little green men he saw in the woods that night? What strange creature stalks the woods in your area?

So many of these old stories are slipping away for want of being recorded. Little bits of folklore and folk magic… like trying to peel an apple into a single spiral of skin which, when thrown over the shoulder would tell you the initial of the man you would marry. Or collecting the seeds from the undersides of fern fronds on Midsummer’s Eve in order to see the Fairies.

There are legendary creatures like the Barghest, the great black dog with flaming eyes the size of saucers into which you could not look and live… unless you kept running water between you and the beast.

There are standing stones that walk… like ‘the lost stone of Chat’ that we have been hunting for years now… though most only wander to a local holy well or stream for a bit of refreshment at the full moon.

There are old stories that are handed down, little known outside their place of origin, like the black hole beneath Kirkstall Abbey, and others half forgotten, like the macabre tale of the Hand of Glory.

I am not looking for fiction with this feature, but for genuine bits of folklore, old wives tales, folk magic and local legends. Why not share what you know and preserve it for the future?

Email me at and put ‘Living Lore’ in the subject line. All I need is your article, bio and links, along with any of your own images you would like me to include and I’ll do the rest.

You can still be my guest in the two other categories…

Be my guest! – Do you have a story to share? A book to promote? Need more exposure?

Would you like to write a guest post and be featured on this blog?If you are a writer, artist or photographer…If you have a poem, story or memoirs to share… If you have a book to promote, a character to introduce, an exhibition or event to publicise… If you have advice for writers, artists or bloggers… why not be my guest?

Elusive Realities

I am also hoping that more people will share their true experiences with those elusive realities that hover on the edge of perception.

You can find a list HERE of all the contributions so far to this series.

If you have had a strange experience or encounter that you would like to share, please get in touch.

I am not looking for sensationalism or fictional tales… but in light of the response to some recent posts, I think it would be both useful and reassuring to others to realise that none of us are alone in these strange encounters and experiences and perhaps we can open discussion on what they may be or may mean.

If you would like to share your story but prefer to remain anonymous, we can discuss that too. If you would like to share your beliefs and opinions on the nature of these experiences, I would be happy to talk about a guest post. Through sharing with respect we may learn to understand our world and each other a little better.

If you would like to be my guest on the Echo, please read the guidelines found HERE or email me at

Please note: I do NOT accept affiliate linked or commercial posts and reserve the right to refuse to host an article if it does not fit the nature of this blog.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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60 Responses to Folk tales, local legends and fairy stories? – Guest posts wanted!

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Attention all holders of the secrets of ancient Lore.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Rebloged this one Sue.💜


  3. Marcia says:

    Emailing you right now, Sue. I might have an idea. (Alert the media! 😯 )


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Sue opens up a THIRD category where YOU can be featured…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ll re-blog this Sue but I feel your pain. I only feature a guest author once a week and thought I would be knee deep in them and i was at first but now, no. 😦


  6. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I look forward to telling ‘ee a few yarnz from the dark wastes of Exmoor and I promise the ghost of Lorna Doone will not make an appearance.


  8. Reblogged this on Writing, events, competitions and even some self-penned bits and commented:
    What an invitation. Come on, our lives have been spent in the shadow of people, places and events, real or unreal and it would be such a shame not to pass them on and told of as they should be.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. A. White says:

    According to the legend and lore the Fairy Tree Trolls are called by many different names in different cultures. They aren’t fairies. Fairies are often found near them. A story about them seem to exist in nearly every culture. Very few cultures do not have a variation of them. I called them “Fairy Tree Trolls”. They are allegedly a race of nephilim who are part immortal and part trees. Not all of them looks like trolls nor do they all look like trees. Some are said to be very beautiful or handsome in their humanoid form. Some are said to benevolent while others aren’t. They are supposed to be able to shift between these two forms. I think they are much like what’s called a Barghest is also called a hellhound in some cultures. I think the tree people are the same. That’s why I had a hard time deciding which cultural version of them to use when writing the book.


  10. Mary Smith says:

    What a great idea, Sue. Will put my thinking cap on and dredge up some memories of what the grandparents told me – if that;s not mixing my metaphors too much:)


  11. Losing the Plot says:

    i have a couple of blog posts, featuring some of the folklore about the Celtic quarter days – so far Imbrolic and Beltane, obviously Lughnasa is coming up soon

    I haven’t thought about folklore for a while – but if I have space to think, I would hope to be able to help out. Just off the top of my head, I do remember hearing that my Grandfather charmed warts away by cutting a potato in half, rubbing the wart, closing the potato up again and burying it in secret. It was essential that you believed it would work.


  12. JT Twissel says:

    My grandmother, who was a district nurse in a small and very poor town in New England, had a recipe for a slav that could cure any injury or skin problem. It smelled like tar mixed with head cheese and had the consistency of vaseline but it worked. Not sure I could work that into a whole post. Love your sense of humor!


  13. Give me a couple of days. I have an idea rattling around in my head. It’s about managing to believe two entirely opposite things at the same time and somehow, it makes sense. Because things that are the opposite of each other aren’t always as opposite as they seem.

    Garry has his surgery a week from today, so I might get a little detained. But I will do something. I just have to shake my brain loose.


  14. I just happen to be writing a book about this very thing right now, Sue. I am sure I can share one of the stories with you. Have a great day.


  15. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    And another invitation


  16. Hi Sue, have shared using #ABRSC on Facebook. I would love to feature on your blog and I hope to send you something soon. Life has been ridiculously busy of late. I have been working on book two Curse of Time, blogging and looking for a new job. Found the job which is perfect but loads of hours so my blogging/writing, etc will largely be confined to weekends. Will try my best to get around to it soon. Marje x


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  18. Hi Sue.
    I have some ghost stories that I could share. Would you be interested in those?
    ~Icky. 🙂


  19. beetleypete says:

    I have one personal ‘ghost story’, and one very strange dream, but that’s it. Here are links to both, if they interest you, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  20. Adele Marie says:

    I’m on it, Sue. xxx


  21. Hope you are inundated Sue..hugs xxx


  22. macjam47 says:

    I will work on it. xxx


  23. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    If you like to write and want to share your stories, Sue Vincent has the perfect spot for you.


  24. Baydreamer says:

    This is wonderful of you to do, Sue. I found you through Michelle’s blog. I hope business picks up for you real soon. I’m currently working on a poetry manuscript, so would a new poetry book fit in, as well? Lauren ❤🌼


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