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Lancashire Folk by Melanie Warren

Lancashire Folk by Melanie Warren

I've known Mel for over 20 years, meeting though ASSAP while investigating paranormal cases in the North of England. We share a passion for collecting stories and coming from Lancashire myself I have been looking forward to reading Mel's new book and revisiting some of the old stories, coming across some new ones..and of course, I can now add the book to my collection! Read More »

An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite

Dr Jason Braithwaite

We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More »

GhostNav: Black Country Ghosts

The Black Country GhostNav is a new Android smart phone app by Andrew Homer and Nick Williamson for lovers of ghosts and hauntings. Paranormal enthusiasts can use the app to discover haunted locations in and around the Black Country area. Read More »

Book Review

The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires, An A-Z of the Undead by Theresa Cheung

A-Z Of The Undead

The book is a beautifully thick 685 page tome that promises to examine the dark depths of the vampire world, separating the myth from the chilling reality. Undoubtedly if you were attacked by an undead creature you could probably knock it out by throwing the book at it, but there are much better methods included inside. Read More »

Hull Christmas Traditions

According to 'County Folk-Lore Volume VI - Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning The East Riding of Yorkshire (1911)’ edited by Eliza Glutch. 'On Christmas morning in Hull the children come in droves, pealing at your door-bell in order to wish you "a merry Christmas." The following is a favourite doggerel: Read More »

Supernatural Encounters Association (S.E.A.)

S.E.A. is run by Mike McManus and have been investigating paranormal activity since 1998. The group focus their investigations on ghosts and haunted buildings and have a membership of ten people. Two members of S.E.A. were trained by A.S.S.A.P. in 1996 when they were members of another investigative group. They also perform Spirit Release when needed. Read More »

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Grace Neill's

The following extract is taken from an article by David Brandon and Alan Brooke which was published in The Guardian on 31 October 2009. ‘Grace Neill's at Donaghadee, County Down, opened for business in 1611 and is the oldest inn in Ireland. Read More »

Dobbin's Inn Hotel, Carrickfergus

The following extract is taken from an article by David Brandon and Alan Brooke which was published in The Guardian on 31 October 2009. ‘Dobbin's Inn stands close to Carrickfergus Castle, and in the 1700s the landlord's wife was said to have had a steamy affair with a soldier from the garrison. Read More »

Sham Castle

The Sham Castle at Bathampton is a Grade II listed building dating from 1762. It was built for the entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ralph Allen (Born 1693 – Died 29 June 1764), who perhaps haunts it still. The following extract is taken from an article by David Brandon and Alan Brooke which was published in The Guardian on 31 October 2009. Read More »

Shug Monkey

According to tradition Slough Hill Lane and the area between between Balsham and West Wrattling was haunted by a black dog with the face of a monkey. It was described in James Wentworth Day’s 'Here are Ghosts & Witches' (1954) as 'a cross between a big rough-coated dog and a monkey with big shining eyes. Read More »

Melton Shock

The following is extracted from County Folklore: Suffolk (1893). 'In Melton stands the 'Horse & Groom' inn - in the days of toll-bar gates (thirty years ago) occupied by one Master Fisher. Read More »

Wicken Fen Black Dog

Wicken Fen is a wetland area which has been cared for by the National Trust since 1899. A Black Dog is said to haunt the area around Wicken Fen.

Wicken Fen Lantern Man

According to folk tradition a variation of Will o' the Wisp referred as the Lantern Man can be seen on Wicken Fen enticing people into the reed beds where they drown.

Holwell Mouth Wood

A Phantom Black Dog known as Black Shug is said to haunt Holwell Mouth wood at either dusk or dawn.

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