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Epiphany Gift #4: The John O’London Fairy Letters! January 6, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Epiphany Gift #4: The John O'London Fairy Letters!

Welcome to the fourth annual Beachcombing epiphany gift: first there was War in Dollyland; then there was Scary Fairies; then there was New Frontiers and now, in cooperation with the Fairyist we offer the John O’London Fairy letters, an early twentieth-century cache of fairy encounters from a period when these things were not much written […]

Lucy Bruce, Iona and the Fairy Investigation Society March 5, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Lucy Bruce, Iona and the Fairy Investigation Society

Miss Lucy Bruce is a virtually forgotten twentieth-century mystic, who spent some of her life on the Isle of Iona in Scotland. She interests the writer of this post because she was a member of the Fairy Investigation Society and he is presently trying to learn more about the organization by tracking all members down: […]

Review: Running with the Fairies January 28, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
Review: Running with the Fairies

Scholarly fairy books are rare indeed: they average at about one every four years. Not many at all when you think that a score of volumes on Vietnam are published each month. This infrequency means that it is always extremely exciting when a new member of the fairy family shuffles onto the stage. So, with […]

Epiphany Gift: New Frontiers! January 6, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Epiphany Gift: New Frontiers!

The third Beachcombing epiphany gift follows: past gifts were War in Dollyland (2010) and Scary Fairies: Proto Edition (2011). In the search for information about the Fairy Investigation Society we were put onto New Frontiers by Stephen T (for which again many thanks!). New Frontiers was a short lived British paranormal magazine published in January […]

Nancy Price, the FIS and a Troll at the Seaside December 21, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Nancy Price, the FIS and a Troll at the Seaside

Nancy Price was an English actress who was famous in her day and yet is now all but forgotten: thespians suffer that fate. NP interests Beach because, in the 1950s, she was a member of the Fairy Investigation Society. You would have thought that anyone who would care to get involved in such an unfashionable […]

Dowding and the Fairies! October 21, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Dowding and the Fairies!

Hugh Dowding (1970 obit) is a British hero. It was his expert shepherding of Fighter Command in the summer of 1940 that allowed British victory against the Luftwaffe, or at least a convincing draw that could be passed off as a victory. He stands with Slim and Cunningham as one of Britain’s three great 1939-1945 […]

Quentin Craufurd and Telepathy Among Birds July 12, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Quentin Craufurd and Telepathy Among Birds

***Dedicated to Splendid Chap*** We’ve met Quentin Craufurd on several occasions. He was a leading light of the FIS, perhaps the leading light. He also wrote extensively on clairvoyance. Beach is working up a bibliography of his work and has already got to eight including life boat shanties (!) and dawn in India. No greater […]

Desperately Seeking Marjorie June 26, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
Desperately Seeking Marjorie

***Dedicated to whosoever helps Beach to find Marjorie*** It is very bad form to write two articles on fairies in as many days, but Beach has been excited since Splendid Chap emailed with the exciting information that Marjorie Johnson is still alive in Carlton, Nottinghamshire (UK). Marjorie was born in 1911 and by 1956 she […]

On the trail of Captain Quentin C. A. Craufurd (and his fairies) June 24, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
On the trail of Captain Quentin C. A. Craufurd (and his fairies)

Dedicated to a Splendid Chap Splendid Chap sent in an article by one of Beach’s chief interests in life, the enigmatic Capt Quentin Craufurd, founder of the Fairy Investigation Society: yes, that’s his picture! Beachcombing doesn’t put this up because the article is particularly inspiring: it reads like post theosophy c. 1950. He has put […]