Ghost Hunting at HMP Shepton Mallet with Haunted

ghost hunting at Shepton Mallet Prison

We’re standing in the room that used to house the gallows. Paul Toole- a tour guide for the prison -is telling us about how a ghost burned his hand. It’s dark and torches are shone on his hand where there sits a scar. It looks quite like a cigarette burn which has healed. I mentally note “because it is a cigarette burn which has healed.” Continue reading

Is “Bigfoot Skepticism” Cool Now?

Bigfoot Skepticism is the phrase used to dismiss those skeptics who spend their time and effort investigating, writing, and speaking about paranormal subjects (not limited to bigfoot) in a scientific manner. Usually we’re told we should dedicate our time to more deserving causes, such as cancer-related medical quackery, strict religious practices which harm (as though exorcism isn’t in our remit), and dangerous practices such as chiropractic treatment, or homeopathy. Continue reading

The Ghost of my Mother

On September 20th 2017, my mum died.

My lovely mum was just 60 years and three weeks old at the time of her unexpected death. I wasn’t going to blog about this because there is no way to put into words the utter mindfuck that this experience has been. However, I’ve recently been listening to Haunted – a podcast by Panoply, presented by Danny Robins. It is an incredible podcast which asks why people see ghosts, not just whether they see ghosts and I thoroughly recommend it. Continue reading

Listen: A Skeptic’s Guide to Ghost Hunting

Hayley speaking at an event

In August, I travelled to Scotland and spoke for both Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub and the Edinburgh Skeptics Society as part of their Edinburgh Fringe Festival event ‘Skeptics on the Fringe’.

While speaking in Edinburgh my talk was recorded, and you can listen to it below. I was also interviewed for the 10 Questions podcast that Edinburgh Skeptics produce, which can be listened to here.

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