Bushrangers, cattle duffers, runaway convicts—the Devil himself. There are many competing stories for how the Devil’s Coach House in the Jenolan Caves west of Sydney came by its diabolic name. The Blue Mountains were characterised by early European explorers and settlers as a medieval landscape, a place redolent of Dante’s Inferno. But are the ghost stories told of the Devil's Coach House only a screen for a truth that is far more disturbing than the demonic could ever be?

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision and Paths of Flight and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.