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A British Slenderman? I Don’t Think So…

25 January, 2015 // 7 Comments

This is a photo of Slenderman in Britain, or so we’re told. As predicted last year by yours truly, Lee Brickley has claimed that a Slenderman or a Slenderman-like creature is bothering residents in the Cannock’s Chase area. You couldn’t make this up. The media attention that Brickley has gained with his speculative claims led [...]

Cannock’s Chase: An Open Letter to Lee Brickley

25 January, 2015 // 5 Comments

Dear Lee Brickley, I expect that you don’t think very highly of me after I gave your book a critical review, and you’ve blocked me on Twitter but I really hope that you’ll hear me out. You are just one year older than me and yet it seems that our approaches to the paranormal are completely different. The nonsense you pulled with [...]

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #3

25 January, 2015 // 1 Comment

At the end of each year I compile a ‘The Worst Ghosts of…’ list and 2014 was no exception. The #1 spot on the 2014 list went to the stupid Black Eyed Kids sightings coming out of Cannock’s Chase at the hands of paranormal author Lee Brickley and at the end of the list for last year I made a prediction, as follows: I predict [...]

Thoughts On Experiences Of Skeptic Podcasting

29 December, 2014 // 2 Comments

About six years ago I was asked by a friend if I’d contribute to a podcast he’d had the idea to start. There was a real lack of British skeptical podcasts at that time – especially those that focussed on weird news stories. We were both paranormal researchers who had come to the dark side (skepticism). I said yes, we recorded an [...]

Psychic Sally Fans: Self Preservation At A Cost

11 October, 2014 // 3 Comments

I used to wholeheartedly believe that people could speak to the dead. These days I’m not so convinced, but even as a believer I wasn’t so blinded by my faith in psychics and mediums that I couldn’t spot when I was being purposefully deceived. In fact, it was Derek Acorah’s staged possession by a made up ghost called Kreed [...]

#notallpsychics

10 October, 2014 // 3 Comments

I recently spoke with the president of the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), David Bruton, and he was quick to point out that what people like Sally Morgan, Derek Acorah and co. claim to do is not actually psychic ability but, in fact, mediumship. “I understand there is great interest from the general public but Spiritualism [...]

My journey into non-belief

22 June, 2014 // 9 Comments

I recently wrote on my social media accounts that I no longer identified with the skeptic movement and followed this up with a blog post explaining what I meant. A small group of people from the skeptic movement claimed I was merely seeking attention and I took the blog post down because I didn’t want to be forced into a dialogue [...]
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