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“Feel like a Mulder, Question like a Scully”

5 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve written before about the moment on a case investigation when something happens and you’re not quite sure what is going on and it’s equal parts exciting and equal parts intriguing. I think that’s the closest you can get to feeling like Mulder and Scully on one of their more adventurous cases. Sure, it might end up to be [...]

Book Review: Abominable Science

4 April, 2015 // 1 Comment

Abominable Science! authored by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero is one of those books that comes along and makes the world a better place. A rare treat that you didn’t know you needed until you had it in your hands. The combination of good research, good references and an honest, open-minded yet critical outlook turns Abominable Science! [...]

A British Slenderman? I Don’t Think So… (updated)

25 January, 2015 // 9 Comments

Update: The Mirror who were first to report on Christine Hamlet’s photo of Slenderman used the wrong photograph. The photo used (that I then used here) was not the photo she claimed showed Slenderman, but was in fact a photo that she thought showed a Black Eyed Kid also said to haunt Cannock’s Chase. That photo can be seen here. Mark [...]

Cannock’s Chase: An Open Letter to Lee Brickley

25 January, 2015 // 9 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 [...]
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