Ghosts For Christmas

Note: This was written in 2014 with updates made in subsequent years.

A self-confessed ghost geek, I am really interested in modern paranormal phenomena of all shapes and sizes. I also love reading ghost stories, with The End of The Line being one of the best books I read in 2014. It’s an anthology of horror stories based on or around underground railway systems which I bought because the real life ghost stories from the London Underground are scary and have always fascinated me. Click on the London Underground link to watch a fascinating documentary about the ghosts. Continue reading Ghosts For Christmas

Review: Eerie Britain I & II

Eerie Britain cover‘With ancient ruins, handsome countryside and quaint customs, Britain is a pleasant spot. Furthermore, (and, perhaps most importantly,) roast dinners, hearty puddings and steaming pots of tea abound. But lo, the heart-warming features of British life aren’t the only things to be found upon this venerable archipelago, for it seems that around every corner there lurks a ferocious monster legend, a mysterious tale or a terrifying phantom—ready to jump out and scare the pants off you…

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The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013

This year was lacking in ghost stories that took me into the field to investigate and I’m hoping that 2014 will remedy that with ghouls to chase and phantoms to fight. While I wait for that to happen I thought I’d cast my eye back at 2013 and list what I think were the 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013. I should point out that although they’re listed here these stories fulfilled that need for terrible paranormal news stories that make me shake my fist in a pantomime style and roar ‘Oh no it isn’t!’ when headlines proclaim ‘this is a ghost!’ Continue reading The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2013

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 Review: UFOs, Werewolves & The Pig-man