Screaming Skulls

Episode 2,  Feb 06, 2018, 11:49 AM

A screaming skull is a human skull which, according to legend, disturbs the house in which it's kept by screaming, speaking, or causing other disturbances. In the case of a few of these skulls, they are the focus of hauntings which stop when the skull is laid to rest – but in the majority of stories, the act of removing the skull from inside the house is what sparks off the trouble.

Sources and further reading:

Westwood, J. and Simpson, J. 2005. The Lore of the Land.
Westwood, J. and Simpson, J. 2008. Haunted England: The Penguin Book of Ghosts.
Clarke, David. 1991. Ghosts and Legends of the Peak District.
Roberts, Andy & Clarke, David. 'Heads and Tales: The Screaming Skulls legends of Britain', in Moore, Steve (ed). (1996) Fortean Studies. Volume 3. John Brown Publishing. London. pp.147-150. In Calvariae Disjecta: The Many Hauntings of Burton Agnes Hall.
Wikipedia - Screaming Skulls, Red Barn Murder, Appley Bridge
'Screaming Skulls', Paranormal Database:
'The Cursed Skull of Tunstead Farm', Ludchurch blog:
'The Ghost of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum', Lancashire Folk:
'The Pack Horse Inn History', Affetside Village website:
'Legend of the Screaming Skull', Real British Ghosts: