Sunday, 30 April 2017

MICROGORIA 42 - The Legend of the Hand of Glory

In this episode Mr Jim Moon explores the sinister legend of the Hand of Glory, a rather gruesome talisman connected with crime, witchcraft and black magic! 

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solar penguin said...

Interesting that the classic Hand of Glory tale is associated with the Nprth Riding of Yorkshire. Whitby Museum has a real-life hand of glory on display. Maybe there is some truth in the old tale after all...?

And here's Hypnogoria favourite Vincent Price reading a version of the story.

Anonymous said...

I feel I must bring to your attention that the presence of a mummified hand in a museum does not in any way validate the supposed supernatural abilities of severed hands.

Jim Moon said...

I'll be covering the Whitby Hand and its discovery in the second part of this little series, coming very soon :)

Anonymous said...

There is a spectre of a red or bloody hand that haunts the area of Loch Morlich/ Rothiemurchus/ Glenmore near Aviemore.

Jim Moon said...

In a similar vein, there's also the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor! I plan on rounding up some of these tales of rogue ghostly appendages in a future show, which will also feature the classic Beast With Five Fingers :)

Anonymous said...

The most terrifying phenomenon on the Glenmore area is said to be the spectre of some kind of horrendous hound type creature.
Anyone interested in strange Highland Phenomena would find The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdhui by Affleck Gray a captivating read. I wholeheartedly recommend it to Hypnogorians.

Anonymous said...

I have read that tome and concur; there was a few strange beasties apart from the titular chap that stuck with me. I recall a towering yellow "elemental" that rose suddenly from between two coalframes in a quiet, non descript village garden to completely petrify a passerby. The witness was told matter of factly that many an unwary walker had been surprised in this way by the spectre. They could at least have put a sign up, you would think

Anonymous said...

I suddenly feel the need to read the book again. I've had it for over 20 years but I'm not sure of its current whereabouts. There is indeed much strange phenomena related within, quite different from the usual sort of supernatural tales. And the mountain settings only add to the atmosphere.
It's coldframe by the way, Scottish: cauldframe.

Anonymous said...

Dearie me. It seems I can no longer post a comment on this fine blog without making some grammatical or dialectal schoolboy error.
Good for you pointing it out.
As the few example left in my area (mostly in Granny St.Claire's garden) are all built on brick foundations of disused storage constructs that housed coal back in them days, I assumed it was called a coalframe because it was, well a coal frame.
If you are in the mood for more Affleck Gray-ish thrills I refer you to F.W Holidays "The Great Orm Of Loch Ness", it also summons a macabre atmosphere before Old F.W goes completely tits and loses it. The Dragon And The Disc was published posthumously and you can see why.
No living man could have put his name to the premise.

Anonymous said...

I have heard of the man and the book but im familiar with neither.The Loch Ness Monster legend has always interested me, even though the discrediting of the Dinsdale Film and the 1975 underwater photographs shot the whole thing down in flames. It is a spectacular if forbidding sheet of water, still.
The Monsters of the Lakes episode of Arthur C Clarkes Mysterious World (1980) is highly recommended for Nessie fans.

Anonymous said...

You have a Ted Holiday shaped void in your life, but just dont know it yet. I grew up thinking the 1975 underwater photos as incontrovertible fact and was similarly disappointed when I found out the photos had been extensively retouched until the point they resembled pleisosaur Luke animals. The snail like protrusions on the head suggested that the beast could be more closely related to rather less romantic, everyday creatures rather than giant surface dwelling marine reptiles. I do like reading these 70s era unexplained phenomena times, if only for their misguided naivety that breakthroughs in using PSI, levitation and classifications of Bigfoot and lake monsters was just around the corner.
Little did they know, tv channels would still be basing entire series of investigations round the same tired old eyewitness accounts and footprints that they were working off almost five decades ago.

Anonymous said...

"I've seen it 18 times..." - ALEX CAMPBELL.

Anonymous said...

His appearance on that A.C Clarke episode does makes you wonder if he is indeed talking about his sightings of the monster, or merely recounting how many times hes seen the bottom of his hip flask that morning.
The man is absolutely plastered.
One of Clarkes books, (I think only edited by him) does acknowledge that the producers were aware that he was perhaps not the most reliable of witnesses.
Far from it to call the man a liar, in Mr Campbell's many decades on the loch I believe it possible he may have well seen something that science wouldn't be able to explain away, he was certainly extremely well respected in angling circles in that the Inverness area.

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