Dr Karl Bell, Director of Supernatural Cities and Reader in Social and Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth, was recently a guest on the Anthill podcast. The episode focuses on various forms of myth: from erroneous beliefs about the construction of the statues on Easter Island in Polynesia, to the spurious pseudoscience of racial categorisation.
In the final section, Karl discusses the origins of a Victorian urban legend — Spring-Heeled Jack. You can listen here to The Anthill Episode 20 here.
For more on Spring-Heeled Jack, see Karl Bell (2013), The Legend of Spring-Heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures.