Jon Kaneko-James

Writer and Historian of the Medieval Supernatural. Collector of Strange Libraries. Researcher into the Social History of the Paranormal

Jon Kaneko-James

Writer and Historian of the Medieval Supernatural. Collector of Strange Libraries. Researcher into the Social History of the Paranormal
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Biography

Jon Kaneko-James is a writer and historian who studies historical paranormal phenomena – not simply myth and folklore, but events, phenomena and creatures that were portrayed as being real and contemporary to the people who recorded them. Jon’s most knowledgeable period is from the High Middle Ages to the Renaissance, particularly in Europe, and he has just completed a full length social history title on the accusers in the witch trials, called Fear of the Witch, which will be released by The Limbury Press in early 2016.

Jon’s particular interest in haunted Highgate and the Highgate Vampire is the similarity between the Farrant narrative of the vampire and narratives of Medieval ghost stories. Revenants, particularly English ones, are a huge interest area of Jon’s, and he’s a great fan of the historians Jean-Claude Schmiddt and Claude Lecouteux, both of whom write eloquently on the Medieval undead.

Jon also has a nocturnal alter-ego, although instead of fighting crime he writes children’s books as Jon Chant. Jon’s first book, Great Fire, is available from Mogzilla, Amazon, and all good book shops. His second book, Witches’ Hill, is scheduled for release in September.

If anyone is interested in Jon’s history writing, they can find a number of his articles on his website — unimaginatively titled jonkanekojames.com — and on The Spooky Isles www.spookyisles.com.

All sessions featuring Jon Kaneko-James

The Vampire Theory

15:50 - 17:20