Haunted Advent Calendar Day 20

To celebrate the release of our second Self Made Hero book of M. R. James adaptations – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 – we’re going to be counting down to Christmas in true Jamesian style, with a new haunting image and nugget of info every day.

On top of that, we’ll be giving away a copy of the book via Twitter every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas. Check the #MRJ2GIVEAWAY hashtag for details of how to take part.


The Mari Lwyd is a wassailingfolk custom found in South Wales. The tradition entails the use of an eponymous hobby horse which is made from a horse’s skull mounted on a pole and carried by an individual hidden under a sackcloth. It represents a regional variation of a “hooded animal” tradition that appears in various forms throughout Britain.

Merseyside Mummers, The Jones Ale Soul-Cakers, feature a Mari Lwyd in their Midwinter mumming plays.  The Hookland variant of the Mari Lwyd is simply known as The Bone Horse.

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