What a weird world we live in! And to prove it, intrepid author and journalist Matt Lake, armed with his laptop and a camera, has spent five years investigating the mysteries of England.
The result is Weird England, a magnificent celebration of our wacky and wonderful heritage in the US-based Weird series, which Matt edits. And, as you might expect, it has plenty of lore and legend from the West Country.
On the line from Pennsylvania where he lives, Birmingham-born Matt said: "People have been calling me weird my entire life and that was really the start of it!
"Weirdness is like art, it's very difficult to define, but you know it when you see it."
Subjects Matt covers include crop circles and alien big cats, especially the Black Cat of Gloucestershire, Glastonbury and King Arthur, the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill, the Cerne Abbass Giant and the Dorset Ooser, the phantom drummer of Tidworth, Wiltshire, the ghost villages of Imber on Salisbury Plain and Tyneham, Dorset, and much more besides.
Weird England: Your Travel Guide to England's Local Legends and Best-Kept Secrets is published by Sterling at £14.99.
Source: Western Daily Press 22 February 2008