Scott Wood

Scott Wood writes regularly for Londonist, Fortean Times and The Skeptic (UK). He has contributed to the encyclopaedia Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies and Antony Clayton’s book Folkore of London. He is the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube and the host and co-organiser of the London Fortean Society.


Waiting for Maitreya


Benjamin Creme did not live to see Maitreya reveal himself to the world. The herald of the Cosmic Christ died peacefully as his home in Tufnell Park, north London in October 2016, at the age of 93.

Killer Clowns and Chelsea Smilers: Moral Panic to Urban Legend


Britain is gripped by clown fever. But these spooky stories go a long way back


The opening of a controversial new museum about the 19th century murders demonstrates the changing meanings of the Ripper myth


Reactionary internet rumours after the Paris massacres showed the ugly underbelly of the web’s self-proclaimed truth-tellers