The Liminal Shore - out now!
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I recently wrote about the tradition of the Cornish Bunch for Cornwall Life magazine. 

See here for the online version


My latest book, The Liminal Shore: Witchcraft, Mystery and Folklore of the Essex Coast  is now available for pre order on the publishers website. 

The Liminal Shore is a brand-new work, seeking the spookiness of the isolated salt marsh and the hidden lore of the urban shore.  Detailing and cataloguing some of the captivating cultural legends, myths, and folklore from the fascinating coastline of Essex and its eerie and brooding borderland. The author explores many remarkable old folk-narratives and traditional tales of marsh-wizardry, cunning magic, and sea-witchery, alongside some of the region’s most enigmatic spine-chilling ghost-lore. The peculiar calendar-customs and eccentric festivals are also investigated, bringing to life many of the old and often forgotten rituals of this interesting and enchanted coast. Discover such characters as Hoppin’ Tom, Mother Redcap, Cunning Murrell, Rollicking Bill and Jop Summers, who among many others form part of a rich and diverse folkloric history of this deliciously atmospheric, strange, and often unexpected coastline.

The three hardback editions (two of which are very limited print runs) are shown below, and are available to pre order on Troy Books website now. The paperback edition (above) will be to follow.


Cornish Folklore and Myth, a Zoom talk by Alex Langstone. Hosted by the Last Tuesday Society, as part of their "Unnatural Cornwall" series of events. Click picture for tickets

NEW BOOK! Sensing the Earth

A few months ago, during the first lock-down, (March - June 2020) I was delighted to be invited to contribute to a new book entitled 'Sensing the Earth - Messages from the Wisdom Keepers'. The book is now available and is edited by Peter Knight and Sue Wallace. Inside you will find over 250 pages of diverse and interesting content, each written by one of 53 different contributors. Alongside myself, there are chapters from George Monbiot, Philip Carr-Gomm, Paul Devereux, Hugh Newman, Caitlin Matthews, Greta Thunberg and many many others (including friends, Yuri Leitch, Cheryl Straffon and Gary Biltcliffe). This is a truly eclectic and inspiring collaboration, subject matter includes environmentalism, earth mysteries, shamanism, nature, sacred sites, the re-enchantment of the land and ancient traditions. Fully illustrated with loads of colour photos and inspiring art. Please click book cover for purchasing details.


My new book is now available to order from the publishers website.

From Granite to Sea is the first ever comprehensive focus on the folklore of eastern Cornwall. Alex Langstone’s ground-breaking study will guide the reader through a myriad of old tales of witches, conjurors and charmers, supernatural encounters, amazing folk traditions and curious customs from the high moors, rugged clifftops, secret coves and lush estuaries across the eastern reaches of the Duchy.

"evocative and atmospheric" Meyn Mamvro

Standard hardback edition
Limited edition collectors hardback

Paperback edition


I have been filming with Jane and Gemma from Troy Books for their fabulous new project 'Music and News From the Vardo'. Click the link to check it out!


A feature about Cornish ghosts and folklore has been published in Cornwall Today, October 2016 issue to coincide with Halloween. Journalist Sally Bell took some time to  chat to me about my folklore research and my favourite Cornish ghost stories, which include the ghostly tale of Patten Peg, the toad witch of Antony, who haunts the churchyard and nearby church steps on dark nights, seeking forgiveness from one whom she cursed. For more Cornish Folklore tales, see here

"Equinox mother
Looming bright
Night-mare comforter
Of eternal night"

My spooky poem 'Ascending Orb of Bloody Night' has been published in
Folk Horror Revival: Corpse Roads
"An epic collection of spellbinding poetry, focusing on folk horror, life, 
death and the eeriness of the landscape" The Moon Lens

For more information click  pictures. All proceeds from sales will go to The Wildlife Trusts

  The current exhibition in the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft and Magic features items and information on the many aspects of Halloween, past and present, and will run throughout 2016. There are many interesting things to look at, including lots of things from around Britain. I wrote a small piece about the Cornish Allantide celebration, which is included in the exhibition. The above booklet contains pictures of many exhibits, plus write ups, including my one on Allantide. Click cover to buy from the museum. 

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Spirit Chaser now available as an audio book on CD or digital download

 Published by
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My article 'The Many Faces of Helena' and artwork by Paul Atlas-Saunders have recently been published in a beautiful anthology called

'Finding Elen - The Quest for Elen of the Ways'

Edited by Caroline Wise, the volume also includes essays by Caitlin Matthews, Andrew Collins and a Foreword by John Matthews. Click picture to buy!
My poem "Buckator" and artwork by Paul Atlas-Saunders have been featured in a recent anthology of poetry and prose.

Hoofprints in the Wildwood

Spirit Chaser, now available on Kindle!
from 15th July 2013

 Previous events

Monday, 18 April 2016.  
St Columb Old Cornwall Society  

The Folklore of Cornish Holywells. 
Illustrated talk by Alex Langstone

Above: Panel debate at the West Country Folklore Symposium.
 From left to right: Alex Langstone, Mark Norman, Steve Patterson and Jason Semmens.

22nd June 2014

Above: Cornish Folklore day on Bodmin Moor

13th April 2014

 Above: 'Holy Wells of Bodmin Town' event

Ley Hunters Moot September 2013
Saturday 7 September to Thursday 12 September 2013. Keswick, Cumbria. To book, please contact Laurence Main, 9 Mawddwy Cottages, Minllyn, Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth, Wales SY20 9LW. 01650 531354

Tour guides: Robert Farrah, Alex Langstone and Gabriel Blamires

Alex Langstone will be leading a field trip around Bassethwaite Lake on Wednesday 11 September, as part of this moot. We will visit Elva Plain Stone Circle, Castle How fairy hill, St Bega's church and the notorious site of the Eachy, Bassenthwaite Lake's very own lake monster! We will also explore the recently discovered alignment between the Dodd, St Bega's church and Castle How, and how this relates to one of the most psychically charged and magically potent lakes in Britain. To book, please contact Laurence Main at the above address, or give him a call on 01650 531354. Click banner for more details.


8th August 2013
Liskeard Pagan Moot
The Long Room, Public Hall, West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall.
7.30pm. FFI email:

Spirit Chaser - the Quest for Bega.  
An illustrated talk by Alex Langstone 

I will be giving an illustrated talk about my book at Liskeard Pagan Moot on 8th August. Come and say hello, if you are in the area and get yourself  a signed copy. 

6th June 2013 
Dorset Earth Mysteries Group 
Stapehill Village Hall, 224 Wimborne Road West, Stapehill BH21 2DY 
 7:15pm Entrance £4.50

Spirit Chaser - the Quest for Bega.

April 2013

On April 27th, we will be at the Holistic Mind, Body and Soul event at Wadebridge Town Hall. This event is in support of Macmillan. 
Come and have a chat and grab a signed copy of Spirit Chaser at our stall. See here for more information -

 I will be at the Ley Hunter Moot in Wells on April 6th, 2013 signing and selling copies of Spirit Chaser. Come and chat to us between the lectures! See here for more information -

Above: At the Ley Hunter Moot, Wells. April 2013

November 2012

Saturday 24th November 2012.

I will be selling and signing copies of Spirit Chaser at the The Mystic and Earth Spirit Fayre at the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury, Somerset on both Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th November 2012.

Sunday 25th November 2012.

Will be at the fayre again all day, and I shall be giving a fully illustrated presentation on the background of the writing of Spirit Chaser at 3.30pm.

Hope to see you there!

Alex Langstone 

Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury. November 2012

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