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The Christie-Cleek Inn, Port Glasgow, January 1943* “Say – do you guys know what hay-giss is?” The big man sounded drunk and disappointed. It was the end of the night and the dockside pub was almost empty. His only company was going to be the barman and a couple of rough looking older men dressed […]

A personal history of The Coffin Club

The Coffin Club was founded in the cellar of a tenement in the West Bow of Edinburgh in 1760, the year in which the first poems of the Ossian cycle appeared and four years before the publication of Hugh Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto. The club’s objectives were simple: to scientifically record and investigate Scottish […]


Silently, the two young men looked around the cul-de-sac, then trudged off along the footpath into the heart of the peat bog that almost surrounded the village. It was early yet, so they hoped no one had noticed them. The wheelbarrows they shoved were full of black bin bags, saws and spades. They wore stiff, […]

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