Charles Christian is an English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, editor, podcaster and, award-winning tech journalist. The Urban Fantasist website is home to his tales of geek culture, folklore, urban myths, history, and the weird – as well as anything else that intrigues him. His best-known book is Writing Genre Fiction - Creating Imaginary Worlds: The 12 Rules. He also writes and presents the weekly Weird Tales Radio Show and, yes a UK national newspaper once really did commission him to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full Moon. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him!)
In 2017 he was named by Sage UK as one of the UK’s Top 100 Business Influencers in his capacity as an individual “whose commentary and social influence help to drive ideas and change within the small business sector”. He was born with a caul over his face AND during one of the 'chime hours'. According to legend, a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see ghosts and talk to fairy folk without fear of coming to harm – superpowers he's so far never needed to use.
Set Decorator and prop maker for the original Star Wars film in 1977, Roger Christian discussed how he dressed the Star Wars sets and created sci-fi weapons. Followed by Charles Christian with tales from the Yorkshire Wolds.More »
Jack Cashill discussed TWA Flight 800, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff in 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Followed by tech journalist Charles Christian on folklore, urban myths, and the weird.More »
Author Natalie Zett discussed the tragedy of the SS Eastland passenger ship in 1915, and how her great aunt guided her during the writing of a book about it. Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program.