Vampire Babies

Here’s me chatting to the year 4 and 5 kids of the Hackney primary school I visited on Wednesday. They were a savvy bunch, and many more of them than usual survived the cull in my Victorian ‘It’s a Knockout’ game.  Several of them even chose the right Victorian career (pure collector*) that meant they…

Getting shot of your changeling

I was going to tell you the best methods of getting rid of the fairy usurper in your house, but I decided to let Agnes, formidable nursemaid to The Blood List’s hero, Barnaby Nightingale, fill you in on the gruesome details (including poisoning it with foxglove tea – above).  The baby’s mum, Frances, is not…

Changelings and how to avoid them

In my research for Book 2 (which is now in the final editing stage!) I’ve learned some valuable 17th century tips to prevent your child being exchanged for an enchanted block of wood or a senile fairy, otherwise known as a ‘changeling’. 1.  Lay the father’s clothing over the cradle. 2.  Never let the fire…