A book containing 365 grim tales from Lancashire’s past has been released.

Author and historian, Jack Nadin, a regular Lancashire Telegraph contributor, set out to prove that truth is often stranger than fiction when penning ‘A Grim Almanac of Lancashire’.

It offers a day-by-day catalogue of ghastly tales from around the county dating from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.

Stories, illustrated with drawings and black and white photographs, will depict the evil goings-on of the county’s murderers, witches, rioters, rebels and poachers.

Accounts of punishments, executions and prisons, in addition to tales of suicide, fires, explosions and accidents by land, sea and air aim to shock readers.

Full of dreadful deeds, macabre deaths, strange occurrences, and heinous homicides, this almanac explores the darker side of the county’s past.

A teaser for the book states, “Lancashire has a darker side”, before promising to reveal “dreadful deeds, macabre deaths, strange occurrences and heinous homicides”.

Retired Nadin, a former miner, is the author of several books, including’ East Lancashire Mining Memories’, ‘Burnley Cotton Mills’ and ‘Padiham in Old Photographs’.