Has Amanda Byram been faking ghosts?

I was sent a link to this news story featured in the Canterbury Times by the journalist who wrote it, asking for my opinion. The story is about a supposedly strange photo captured by TV presenter Amanda Byram. The photo is of Byram posing with two members of the public, and next to them is a translucent shadowy figure.

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Review: Where the Ghosts Walk

where the ghosts walk coverWhere the Ghosts Walk: The Gazetteer of Haunted Britain is testament to the amount of work carried out by Peter Underwood, one of the worlds longest serving paranormal researchers. It was a pleasure to read this book.

There have been Ghost Folklore books in my home for as long as I can remember. It’s a symptom (if that’s the right word) of growing up with a mother who has always had an interest in the paranormal, which is where I inherited my own fascination from. I mostly read books about the Paranormal folklore of Wiltshire or the West Country, but have on occasion read books about locations all across the UK. Continue reading

Review: UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-man

pig man book coverThere is no doubting the passion the Lee Brickley holds for the paranormal legacy of Cannock Chase, but after reading his recent book one wonders to what cost he holds that passion. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, is a location that many with an interest in the paranormal will be familiar with. I certainly have been interested in the place since I was a teenager and have always been intrigued by the modern day werewolf sightings reported there, so when Brickley released his book ‘UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-Man – Exposing England’s strangest location, Cannock Chase’ I was quite excited.

The book begins with a brief look at some of the weird historic highlights of Cannock Chase and then in the following chapters breaks down the weird happenings in the area into categories such as ‘Alien encounters’, ‘Wild Beasts’, ‘Legend of the Pig Man’, ‘Ghostly Goings on’ and ‘Top Secret Military Activity’. However, as soon as I began to read the book any excitement I’d held before turned into slight disappointment because throughout, the quality of the book is often let down by Brickley’s biased narrative and irrational leaps of logic. Continue reading

I get mail from angry ghost hunters…

I’ve written previously about the Worsley Paranormal Team on my blog here, and also as a guest writer for the Young Australian Skeptics here. The group investigate Saddleworth moor and have claimed to find items that are linked to the murders of the victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, including Keith Bennett whose body has never been found. The evidence they provide is typical of a pseudo-scientific paranormal investigation team – electronic voice phenomena and such, most of which can be found on either their team website here or their active Facebook Page here.

Today I received an email through my website from the team founder, Erica Gregory, explaining that my criticisms were stupid and I ‘obviously have no idea about the paranormal to state things that you don’t know anything about’.  Erica also hinted that I should possibly consider removing the blog post or criticisms and point out how wrong I have been, providing a link that apparently would clear my allegedly ill-informed remarks up. Continue reading