Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2016

This is the English Ghosts' archive page for the regularly updated articles contained in the Ghost Hunter's Gazette.  You can use this page to find articles that were published previously.  All you need to do is select 'Edit' at the top of your search engine's page and then select Find, which should then illuminate all mentions of the word you are searching for.  This should prove most useful when wearing your brain out in the middle of a bar/pub quiz, or trying to find out how to quickly deal with an irate vampire on your tail.


Table of Contents (click to view story)

'English Ghosts' A Daily Telegraph Article from 2011 by historian Peter Ackroyd about Halloween and English Ghosts

'Macbeth', the famous Shakespearean story of ghosts and treachery, revisited in a new 2015 film version, by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

 The Guardian Newspaper's Live Ghost Stories event in London, 9th October 2015

An Exorcist for Today's World? - New BBC TV supernatural series about a hard-hitting, demon-vanquishing vicar   

An article about a book on The Reverend Christopher Neil-Smith.  A real live 'vicar-exorcist' and probably the inspiration for the Exorcist film

'Picture a Ghost'.  Have you seen any pictures of actual ghostly apparitions?  Well here are some to whet your appetite, along with an article in the Daily Mail Online discussing them

Space, Time and Reality.  In this piece I discuss the origin of ghosts and proffer my proposal as to how they are created and continue to exist, with reference to an excellent BBC TV supernatural drama of the 1970's

'The Ghostly Beat of the Drummer Boy's Drum', proposes that a famous ghost story from Richmond, North Yorkshire, was Lewis Carroll's 'genesis seed' for his Alice in Wonderland stories

'Swedish Detectives that Talk to the Dead', discusses two TV series, one set in London, and the other centred on the bridge between Sweden and Denmark.  'River' and 'Bron III Broen' ('The Bridge III') featured on BBC TV and featured in their storylines, appearances of the communicating dead

 Jekyll and Hyde Wronged! - I was fairly gnashing my teeth when ITV cancelled, what promised to be a great series for phantasy fans about an evil-fighting Jekyll and Hyde character.  This series had so much potential, but alas we are denied!

A Very Unconventional Library - A chat about the TV series 'The Librarians' that airs on the Syfy channel in the UK. The new series has just been on and was enjoyable. I hope though that they can keep on track and not go for storylines that are too obtuse in an, 'Oh! Look! Bobby's still alive and it was just all a dream' Dallas type scenario.  Too much of that can dilute a programme's worth

'The Living and The Dead' - This was an excellent BBC TV supernatural series set in sun-kissed Somerset during the late 19th century, in which a young couple take up their family's countryseat, only to experience hauntings and what can only be called 'time-slips' that suddenly present them with events (and cars!) in the present!

Ghosts on the Go! - This article introduces my good friend Courtney Mroch and her site 'Haunt Jaunts', which is something of a Thomas Cook style site serving the supernatural world, advising you where the best ghost-tourism places are.  She's an excellent host and well 'in the know' about the globe's ghosts.  She also does a great radio programme on the internet-based ParaMania Radio. 

Whitby Goth Weekend, 6th November 2016 - A talk about and some pictures of, this great event I went to back in 2016.  It showcases some interesting pictures of these fabulous fans' costumes and also has a link to my iStock portfolio that has even more pictures of Goth and Steampunk fans at this and other events. 

The 'Brain sucking hellhound of Deadman's Island' features in ths BBC article, about HMS Retribution, a Royal Navy prison hulk and the hellhound that stalks the nerby island's glomy wastes, looking for prey whose it brains it greedily devours...gulp!

Serpents, Owlmen and Demon Dogs!  A fascinating article on the BBC about these fantastic elements of English folklore that also includes discussion about the Great Lambton Worm no less.

On the radio! This is a link to my broadcast on BBC Radio Tees of 14th March 2017, when I talked about those fabulous ghots of Whitby!

Lara's Demons.  Do you remember that wonderful picture Tomb Raider.  Well I enjoyed it so, much that I had to go out to Angkor Wat and re-enact Lara's emtry into the tomb full of stone attack demons. This is a great place to go and enjoy Cambodia's ancient culture. 

 Preacher!  A fascinating TV series and then some!

28th September 2015 -


This is an article in The Telegraph from 2011 by the historian Peter Ackroyd, covering the build up to Halloween and discusses that subject so close to my 'cold dark heart'....English ghosts.  Read, enjoy and prepare for All Hallows' Eve (31st October), happy haunting!

 Just click on the newspaper icon below to read the article:-



 Picture courtesy of See-Saw and DMC Film ©


'By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.'  Where's this from?  No, not Harry Potter, but a much older story containing both ghosts and witches and written by that colossus of literature William Shakespeare.  

For an armrest crunching and new interpretation, you will be able to go to your local cinema from tomorrow to see Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in See-Saw and DMC Films' production, of this classic Renaissance story of betrayal, lust for power and supernatural righteousness set in 11th century Scotland.

 Justice and retribution is provided in the form of the 'honourable soldier Banquo's ghost.  Throw in three weird witches for good measure and it should make for a good 'haunt-fix' before the start of the weekend.

Just click on the newspaper icon below to see 1MDb's synopsis and trailer for what promises to be a good watch:-




For some historical background, you might want to look at these two webpages, just click on the titles below to go to the appropriate pages on the web:-


Banquo's Ghost

 The Three Witches' speech in the play

 2nd October 2015 -

Live Ghost Stories in London 9th October

For those of you living in London, there's a goodly ghost event coming up care of Guardian Live events, this being live ghost stories with Audrey Niffenegger, the author of that heart-rending Sci Fi come ghost storey 'The Time Traveller's Wife'.  She will be accompanied by Jeremy Dyson of the West End show 'Ghost Stories' fame and Kim Newman, author of the 'Anno Dracula' novels.

It all takes place on the 9th of October, 7pm-8.30pm at The Tabernacle, London, W11 2AY, seats at a modest £15.  So if your in The Capital on that Friday night, then waft your way over to  34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY (confirmed by the very nice lady at The Tabernacle who answered the phone to me today), for a night of tall and terrifying tales, good haunting!

Click on the newspaper link below to see the full details of the event on the Guardian's Live events site, and to book tickets.  Do check out the venue address on Google Maps so you know you're going to the right place and not into 'the unknown':-


To see a preview of Audrey Niffenegger's wonderful film care of 1MDb, click on the title below (you can skip the add that comes up after a few seconds if you wish):-



 6th October 2015 -

An Exorcist for Today's World?


 © Copyright ITV plc 2015

I have been watching the excellent series 'Midwinter of the Spirit' on ITV Wednesday nights.  This is a fantastic tale of evil unleashed on the English countryside, in the form of a satanic cult and malignant spirit that can live and seek revenge, even from beyond the grave,  this in the form of the spine-chilling human-made-demon that is Mr Denzil Joy.  He is a defiler of the innocent and a particularly malevolent entity, whose aura and supernatural presence stalks the episodes of this series in a most terrifying way.

Fortunately he has a literally divine nemesis, in the form of the local woman vicar, the aptly named Merrily Watkins, excellently played by Anna Maxwell Martin.  In the series, she has to conquer her own personal problems of self worth and tested faith, along with a rebellious teenage daughter.  If this wasn't enough, she has to go toe to toe with the actual 'Powers of Darkness', to win through for justice,  good and to ensure the survival of the christian souls in her care.

The final thrilling episode is on ITV tomorrow night at 9.00PM, so put this one in your calendar or in your box's 'to record' schedule and see Vicar Watkins (a supercharged, 'tooled up' Vicar of Dibley), combat and hopefully save the village, her daughter and most importantly, herself.

Click on the newspaper icon link below to see ITV's trailer for the series on YouTube: -




Update - I watched the last episode of Midwinter of the Spirit last night and was a bit confused when the whole story's narrative skipped from the night-time cathedral's climax, to the early morning rooftop revelation that the bishop was the perpetrator of the planned sacrilegious outrage all along...TV viewers gasps at this point (well sort of). 

Flash, bang wallop! Quicker than Dorthy can click her red shoes to get back to Kansas, the law appears mob handed at the cathedral's entrance and just in time for the satanic bishop to skydive from the roof, splat on to the DI's car police car below?

A messy and disjointed end I thought, to what was a really good drama, pity.


7th October 2015 -



The Reverend Christopher Neil-Smith

Following on from my piece of yesterday about the final episode of (click on following program's title to see details) Midwinter of the Spirit  on ITV at 9.00PM, it seems that many of these stories, including the Exorcist book and film, can trace their lineage back to one man, the Reverend Christopher Neil-Smith.  He was  Anglican priest at St Saviors Anglican church, Hampstead, London and you can just click on the newspaper icon above to read a summary of his work by 'The Friends of Bishop Sean Manchester'.

He carried out over a thousand exorcisms during his long career, dealing not just with demons, but with alleged possessions involving vampirism no less! 

He wrote a fascinating book on his thoughts and experiences during his campaigns against 'The Powers of Darkness', a copy of which I am going through as I write this article.  If you're interested in the 'nuts and bolts' of exorcism and demonic possession, you can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon, just click on the book icon below to be taken to the Amazon shop, but be quick! 

I bought my copy for about 10 pence plus £2.80 postage about a month ago and 'swipe me with a supernatural loofa', they are now selling at no less than £9.50 plus postage, now that is scary!  It is a good read though and a must for the would be psychic investigator.  Good haunting!





8th October 2015 - 

Picture a Ghost



Have you ever seen a ghost in a photograph?  I haven't, but some photographs have been published that purport to show this.  Click on the newspaper icon below to see an interesting article in The Mail Online dated 8th October 2015 that appears to provide evidence for this. 




There is of course always the chance that these pictures have been altered or manipulated by any one of the photo editing systems that are available today, or rather crudely in the past by methods like double exposure. 

Make your own mind up as you read this article and if you think you have any such photographs let me (via this site's contact page), or your local paper know, as both I and them are interested in exploring this interesting aspect of the Supernatural World's interface with 'the living'.


12th October 2015 -  


© Illustration by kind permission of BBC Enterprises


Space, Time and Reality

What are ghosts?  Are they indeed the spirits of the dead, or are they something else.

One answer I have come to believe in, is that they are in fact an actual recording, such as those on digital files or DVDs, of a past incident that manifests itself due to either someone's traumatic experience or a disaster occurring at that place, or simply the desire by someone's spirit to remain there after death and that somehow overrides the normal confines of reality and time. 

One fictional story that clicked with me as a possible answer, was Nigel Kneale's story broadcast on BBC2 on Christmas Day 1972 called 'The Stone Tape'. 

In this story, a research team trying to develop a new recording medium stumble's across a Victorian maid's ghost in the room of an old mansion called 'Taskerlands'.  The heroine of the story Jill Greeley (played by a young and lovely Jane Asher), sees the maid's ghost and hears her chilling scream before she falls to her death in the room.  Greeley believes that there is much that can be learned from this manifestation and that it is the house's stone itself that is acting like a 'stone tape', recording the maid's tragic death. 

Meanwhile her hasty and avaricious boss Brock (played by Michael Bryant), bombards the maid's manifestation with sound waves in an effort to control its appearance, but only succeeds in wiping it out completely and the experiment ends in failure. Jill returns to the room believing there to be a deeper and underlying presence of a much older manifestation present, only to be cruelly compelled by it into falling like the Victorian maid had before, to her death. 

The terrifying ending shows that the now dead Jill's presence has been taped like the unfortunate maid, on to the stone and like her predecessor, is doomed to repeat her death, again and again in a 'spirit ensnaring' loop.

It's a great story and you can see more details of it if you click on the newspaper icon below, which will display the BFI's Screenonline synopsis of the plot.



Tap on the YouTube icon below to see the scary "It's in the computer!" scene from this fascinating TV paranormal drama:- 



And There's a Real Story

Interestingly, this concept of a 'stone tape' was reinforced I believe, by a customer on one of my Whitby Ghost Walks back in the 1990's.  I had finished the walk and was chatting to Tony, who after I had mentioned 'The Stone Tape' hypothesis, told me of something that had happened to him not too long ago.

He worked in a factory in the Bradford area and having worked late one night, he passed through the main gate and watch keeper's hut as he had done time after time before and said, "Goodnight Fred" to the elderly man who served as watchman to the business for many years.  "Goodnight Tony", replied the old man and Tony, who had a lot on his mind that night continued as usual on his way home.

It was only after going a couple of hundred yards he stopped dead in his tracks.  "But", he suddenly said to himself, "Fred's dead, he's been dead for about eight years!" Turning quickly on the spot, he ran back to the factory's entrance and was astounded by what he saw. 

Leaving, he had somehow remembered and seen the front gates as they had been, an old cast iron fence and gates and the watchman's Victorian gatehouse.  Looking now however, all he could see was the present-day smart, modern steel fence and large front gates, with the card-controlled employee's exit embedded within them.  There was no old fence or gatehouse and more importantly no Fred, who Tony now remembered, had died years before.  Dumbfounded he made his way home and told his family about what he had experienced, eventually telling me, at the end of my walk. 

So, was it an actual ghost? Or was it a recording of the past suddenly and physically imposed or recorded on that space and at the time and as Tony had passed through the perimeter's gates.  It's interesting to note that Tony was preoccupied with deep thoughts at that time he had seen and passed through the exit as it had been.  Had he somehow activated Fred, the gatehouse and old factory in his deep thinking stupor, or had Fred's persona overwritten reality momentarily, talking and interacting with Tony having been allowed to manifest himself and the scene due to Tony's mind being elsewhere?  

Frankly, I don't know, but if you have any similar scenario that you've experienced and want to talk over, get in touch with me via this site's contact form.

Happy time phasing!


20th October 2015 -  

The Ghostly Beat of the Drummer Boy's Drum 


  © Picture c/o Nancy Boese / Nancy B Photography (Canada)

As promised, here is a synopsis of the story of the Richmond drummer boy's ghost.

Apparently at some point in time in the 18th century (though no specific date is given), soldiers in Richmond castle found a partially blocked up secret passageway underneath the castle's mighty walls, access seemingly available only via a small hole in the passage's entrance.  Unable to get through it themselves, they asked the regiment's drummer boy if he could squeeze through it with his drum.  Being a plucky soul he did this, dragging his drum through behind him.  The soldiers then asked him to beat his drum whilst going through the passage's dark gallery and they would listen from the street level above and follow the sound of his drumbeat to wherever this may lead them.  He duly marched off and the soldiers scrambled to the surface and began to follow the tattoo he played on his drum. 


Suddenly and near the famous old Easby Abbey, his drumming stopped and nothing could be heard.  The soldiers cried frantically for him to start his drumming again, but received no answer and he was never seen again.


One fantastic follow on from this (click on the newspaper icon below) has the valiant drummer boy suddenly emerging into a huge dimly lit cave were glorious King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are slumbering in all their knightly armour with pennants swords and regalia at their sides.



One knight starts to stir and seeing the boy asks, 'Is England in danger?'  The drummer boy knowing that at this time, Britain is the most powerful military nation in the world truthfully replies, 'No sir'.  The knight then declares that he will not wake his great lord and fellows if no immediate danger is present and seeing the uniform and proud marital stance of the drummer boy, asks him if he would like to join this sacred and ever vigilant band who stand ready in England's defence.  The drummer boy bursting with pride of course replies. 'Yes sir!',  and joins the knight, his lord and comrades in their slumber of guardianship, waiting for the time when England desperately needs them and ready to drum his alarm should that time ever come.



What a great story and there's more!  Lewis Carroll of 'Alice in Wonderland' fame went to school in Richmond as a child.  I don't think it's too great a leap of the imagination to believe that he had heard of the ghostly drummer boy's story and consciously or subconsciously, used the plight of the drummer boy for Alice's descent into the rabbit hole, she like the drummer boy going on to her own fantastical adventures this time in Wonderland. 


Here's the line in that great story where this happens: -


'In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.'


So come yea then to Richmond in glorious North Yorkshire and walk around this lovely old Georgian town.  You can visit the stone marker out by the abbey which is said to mark where the final beats of the drummer boy's drum were heard by the soldiers and on which there is a metal plate telling his story.

Go for a stroll on a warm summer's evening down by the abbey and if you listen very, very carefully and the time of danger has in fact has come, you may even hear the sound of his ghostly tattoo as he beats! beats! beats! his alarm deep in the chamber below, awakening Arthur and his faithful knights, summoning them at last to come to England's aid at the time of her greatest peril!

Click  on the 'YouTube' icon below, to see a film extract from the great film Barry Lyndon showing our glorious British infantry circa 18th century, the uniforms they wore and the sound of the marching drum that is still said to beat below the ground at the wonderful Georgian town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, God's own county! :- 



1st December 2015 -   

Swedish Detectives that Talk to the Dead

   © Illustration by kind permission of BBC Enterprises

I watched the last episode of the gripping detective drama 'River' on BBC, where our much troubled and self-doubting detective River, finally solves the mystery of his partner Stevie's murder.  This was a great series one of its main components being that River talked to the dead victims of his crimes as well as being plagued by a Victorian psychopath.  If you haven't seen it, here's the trailer for the series - RIVER


 © Illustration by kind permission of Nimbus Film


Interestingly I feel the same scenario about to blossom on BBC4's broadcasting of the fantastic The Bridge III series, where it appears that the socially inept Saga's partner is also conversing with his dead wife and daughter whilst trying to establish relationships by way of one night stands at a singles club.  Watch next Saturday's episode to see if I'm right!

Update - Here's a trailer for 'The Bridge III/Bron III' to whet your apptite, jsut click on this link to see it - BRON III


19th February 2016 -

Jekyll and Hyde Wronged!

© Illustration by kind permission of ITV Studios

 I was really miffed a few weeks ago when I discovered that ITV had foolishly cancelled the second, follow-on series of Jekyll and Hyde.  I had watched the series' episodes weekly and found them to be a great Agatha Christie meets Dennis Wheatley romp, full of the sights, sounds and ethos of the inter war period.  A time in which our beloved British Empire, was having to face the reality of a more uncertain and precariously balanced new world order. 


Tom Bateman's Jekyll is a great and very welcome butch 1920's precursor to the latter day Tim Curry's vampish and bi-sexual Dr Frank N Furter.   His metamorphosis into Jekyll was most welcome as we all knew that the dark, somewhat morally ambivalent Jekyll, would nonetheless, always see off the evildoers of the nefarious and veiled Tenebrae cult with a firm fist (which is interestingly named after a Christian rite that occurs in holy week?  Click this link to see the term explained - TENEBRAE ).


I was particularly interested in episode 5, 'Black Dog' that features a family member Renata (Amelia Bullmore), who can metamorphosize into a demon dog.  This struck a bell with me, as her metamorphosized persona reminded me of my story in The Whitby Ghost Book of The Barguest dog that haunts Whitby's streets and whose howl, if heard by someone, is a forewarning of their imminent death!  Click on this link BARGUEST to see a synopsis of the episode.


Another episode that caught me attention was number 9 'The Incubus'.  An incubus is a soul stealing, malevolent female entity of London's twilight world that prays on and steals the life forces of unsuspecting male vagrants in Green Park and will soon be featured in my soon to be published 'The West End Ghost Book'.  Jekyll and Hyde's TV version was likewise very frightening and an interesting interpretation of the demon.


It was with a very heavy heart then that I learned that the next series had been wiped and that no more would the gung-ho Jekyll, insidious Captain Dance (Enzo Cilenti), brave Bella Charming (Natalie Gumede), or 'jolly hockey sticks' and can-do Hilary 'Hils' Barnstable (Ruby Bentall), be visiting us, to liven up the usual mind-numbing dross churned out by the networks on Sunday early evenings.   Here's the Wikipedia link to the series, which is full of information on its characters and content, click it to explore - WIKIHYDE


Ladies and gentlemen, are you therefore not incandescent with rage and beside yourself with seething indignation at this wonderful series' unwarranted demise?  Be not too downhearted, for good news!  There's a petition to bring it back, which I have of course signed.  So get yourself on to this link on tout de suite! RESURRECT JEYKLL AND HYDE and resurrect this dashed good series with those jolly good chaps and chapesses now, huzzah!


10th June 2016 -

 A Very Unconventional Library

 © Illustration by kind permission of Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner)


Well the summer holidays are upon us and the thoughts of TV channels' directors turn to…repeats, yawn!


However all is not lost and if you can't drag yourself to the beach, park, mountain, lake etc., or are under siege from your offspring (in school or student persona), you could do worse that watch reruns of TNT's The Librarians (click The Librarians link for series information), a sort of Indiana Jones (and family) meet a supercharged municipal library's staff.


The team's work is centred on quests to prevent evil or dysfunctional characters from the past including Shakespeare's Prospero, aided and abetted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock nemeses Moriarty and other antagonists, from gaining total world domination in dastardly cliff hanging and often very amusing episodes.


The cast includes Jake Stone, who plays a 'brawn and brains' stalwart cowboy character, Rebecca Romijn who plays Eve Baird, the team's amazon like guardian ready to fight anyone, Lindy Booth, the tortured brains of the team (of Relic Hunter fame), who plays the super intelligent and enigmatic Cassandra Cillian, John Kim who plays the rascally Aussie master thief Ezekiel Jones and last but not least, the revered Jenkins played by the suave John Larroquette. 

 © Illustration by kind permission of Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner)

A very brief but nonetheless eye catching appearance is made by Vanessa Vander Pluym, playing an exceedingly scary villain, the psychotic and startlingly dressed (including fetching axe accessory) Queen of Hearts.  In the episode 'The Librarians and the Broken Staff" - 2014), she tries to hack some of the team to death with her handy axe, a rendition of 'the Queen' that would have most certainly had her Victorian author creator Lewis Carroll, surely stand up and take notice.


The silent character in the series, is the library itself, a very Doctor Whoian persona, with seemingly unlimited rooms and unlimited treasures, leading of course to unlimited adventures through the times, magic and mysteries that unfold in each episode.  This series is most assuredly worth a visit (it shows on Syfy and TNT off and on) and is guaranteed to blow away those summer blues when there literary is, one hundred and fifty channels but nothing on.

PS Sorry updates have been slow supernatural followers, I've been buried under study material for my history degree, which I have just finished the penultimate exam for and passed huzzah!


12th July 2016 -


 © Illustration by kind permission BBC 2016

The beautiful Charlotte and earnest Nathan


The Living and The Dead

BBC's latest offering on the supernatural front to hit our screens, is the very good six-part series by Ashley Pharoah, 'The Living and The Dead'.  It stars a convincing and believable Colin Morgan, as the upright and gifted psychologist Nathan Appleby, who has moved back from the metropolis to his family's country seat in late 19th century Somerset. 

He is partnered by the gorgeous English rose Charlotte Spencer, who plays his intelligent and quick-thinking modernist wife Charlotte Appleby.  Charlotte is bordering on an early version of Lara Croft without the shorts and unarmed combat...yet.  She knows her mind and supports Nathan through the various travails he is facing, particularly the death of a much loved son from his previous marriage, who literally makes guest (as a ghost) appearances in its episodes.

The beautiful country scenes with their flowing fields of corn in this glorious Somerset landscape, are anything but quiet and tranquil.  The first episode ushers into existence the unquiet soul of a long dead village man, who was beaten as a child and who has taken over a parson's daughter by way of possession, making her utter obscenities and turning her into a preying seductress against her will. She is eventually freed by the perceptive Nathan and her parson father, by way of rushed baptism in a lake that releases the tortured and unbaptised man's soul from her body.  

The second episode sees a boy, the unfortunate Charlie, drawn to his death in a dank and airless disused mine, by the tortured and restless spirits of five dead boys, who many years before were heartlessly left to die in a mine cave-in by one of Nathan's ancestors.  Nathan finds Charlie deep in the mine just past were the five wretched mine boys' corpses lie,  but alas too late, he is dead. 

 © Illustration by kind permission BBC 2016

Nathan talks to the unfortunate Charlie about his tormentors

The series' plots promise to become even darker, as the local loyal and well-meaning country folk begin to rue the day that Nathan and Charlotte arrived, their arrival seeming to precipitate the sudden and awful supernatural events and afflictions that occur.

As if these hauntings and possessions weren't enough, we also have the strange intercession of what must be 'ghosts from the future'.  In episode one, Nathan is drawn one night to a noise in one the corridors within his house.  Suddenly, he sees for just a fleeting moment, a mysterious women in present day clothing and as if dressed for bed, her shoulders covered with a shawl.  Incongruously, in her hand is an iPad or Tablet, her face clearly lit by its bright screen.

In episode two, he is nearly run down with what appears to be a car that we cannot see, but can certainly hear, its headlights blinding him on a dark road he is travelling as he rushes to the aid of the unfortunate Charlie's family.

The series also addresses the social conflicts affecting ordinary 19th century country workers in rural areas, by the encroachment of mechanised farm vehicles and the railway and the uncertainties in their lives these modern concepts are causing.   Whether they will accept or rebel against Nathan and Charlotte's initiatives to bring the farm into the modern age using this new machinery, will be revealed as the episodes play out their stories, though by episode two their acceptance of these 'new ways' is looking far from certain.

This is a really good series and well worth catching up on on BBC iPlayer or catch up TV.  Viewers in the US will be able to see it on BBC America.  Below is a series' site and a preview clip, which you can just click on to view and whet your appetite with, enjoy!

 The Living and The Dead Preview Clip


27th August 2016 -

 © Illustration by kind permission Courtney Lynn Mroch of 'Haunt Jaunts' 2016

Ghosts on the Go!

Let me take this opportunity to introduce my good friend Courtney Lynn Mroch, or 'Court' as she likes to be called.  She runs an excellent site which (as it says on the label) is a 'travel site for restless spirits* specializing in dark and paranormal tourism' and which I have been fortunate enough to write for regarding the ghostly goings-on in Whitby.

Her site includes a blog, with articles that discuss and explore the world of the supernatural and includes drop-down menus for items that the near-and-far traveling, ghost-seeking connoisseur just can't do without including:-

  • Haunted Places
  • Haunted Directories and maps
  • Ghost Tours, Walks and Hunts
  • Year Round Jaunts
  • Paracons (Paranormal Conferences) & Horror Fests
  • Forums
  • Books
  • HJ Halloween Scareporium

There's everything there that the would-be ghost hunter or perplexed parapsychologist would need, for navigating his or her way through 'Hades', 'The Netherworld', or certain parts of Universal Studios Hollywood zounds!  So get yourself over to Court's webpage by just clicking anywhere on the Munsters' Koach picture below and start traveling, happy haunting!


© Illustration by kind permission of CBS Television Network 1964 - 2007


6th November 2016 -

Whitby Goth Weekend 6th November 2016


Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2016

 Well the Goths and Steampunks were out in force during the Sunday of this Goth Weekend at Whitby.  Some excellent pictures to be had as you can see in the picture above, of the lovely young gels attired in their Goth or Steampunk apparel.

In addition to the enthusiasts and tourists (both English, Chinese and many other nationalities), there were herds of photographers with their very, very big cameras. 

The picture below shows a cornered Goth-Manga gel being snapped to perdition by eager news hounds, who were using a reflector to highlight her striking Goth features.


Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2016 

She was a hybrid between a Goth and a Manga girl and you can see a full picture of her and many other Goth and Steampunk dignitaries, at my page on iStock.  Just click on the link below and it'll take you right there!





29th January 2017 -

Deadman's Island and Hell Hounds' Story

BBC News 29th January 2017


 © Illustration by kind permission of The Royal Museums Greenwich, 2017


An excellent story for horror and supernatural fans alike on the BBC website today, about the appropriately named 'Deadman's Island' off the Kent Coast in England.  Just off this island is where the Victorian prison hulks (old and decommissioned Royal Navy ships from the Napoleonic Wars used as prison hulks) were moored, including the aptly named 'HMS Retribution', which was originaly named 'HMS Edgar'.


See and listen to TV footage straight from the locals, about how a brain sucking hell hound haunts the island, which is full of the skeletons and bones of contagion victims from the prison hulks, now exposed by erosion.


Here's the link to the BBC story, just click on this BBC icon to view it:-


Here's some more background information on the HMS Retribution prison ship, just click on this WikipediA icon:-



4th March 2017 -



  Serpents, Owlmen and Demon Dogs

An interesting article on BBC Online News recently 'Serpents, Owlmen and Demon Dogs', which covers a cornucopia of English folklore including the 'Giant, cattle-eating Winged Serpent of Essex', which first appeared in a pamphlet in 1669 (see illustration), 'The Cornish Owlman', a relatively recent supernatural entity seen in Cornwall, England in the 1970's by some young girls, the 'Black Shuck' used by Conan Doyle in his famous 'Hound of The Baskervilles' (similar to 'The Bargheist Dog' in my 'Whitby Ghost Book') and the 'Great Lambton Worm' which aroused Stoker's interest. 

Lots more besides can be found in this article for those of you fascinated by English folklore and creatures of The Netherworld.

 Just click on the 'BBC' icon below to see the full and very intersting article.


14th March 2017 -

On the Radio!



Well today (14th March 2017), I was on BBC Radio for an hour on a regional (BBC Radio Tees) programme that covers the area between Newcastle in the north and Richmond (North Yorkshire) in the south.  I was interviewed for an hour on the Bob Fischer show about the ghosts of Whitby and the folklore and mythology of the area that dates back to the Norman, Dane invader and Saxon eras.  If you want to hear my loquacious tones discussing fairy bowmen, hellhounds and vampires, just click on the link below (only lasts for 28 days I'm afraid) and go to the 2.04 (two hour four minute) mark of the show's duration bar (you can drag the play cursor to there, it was a four hour show and I was on at 2.00PM), where I reveal all to the good people of 'The North'.


 10th August 2017 -

Lara's Demons!


Photograph © Paul Fitz-George 2017

I revisited 'Lara Croft's Tomb Raider trail' when looking through some of the pictures I've collected over the years and came across this one, taken of me entering one of the temple complexes at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

This really was a very fascinating, eerie and spiritual place, all the more so for the atmosphere created by the majestic crumbling temples, some of which are still covered with the arboreal cloaks they've worn for centuries.

This is me trying to emulate (well I had to try!), the part in the film where the butterflies and the mysterious young girl show Lara the way into the alter complex.  It is there that she meets and does combat with the many-armed and sword-wielding deity and its assorted winged demons. It was a fabulous experience.

Go there when you can, it'll change over time and might not remain as fantastically spooky as it was during my visit way back in 2004.

Here's a link to the actual part in the film where the action happens.  Remember to look out for the butterflies and Lara's entry point into the temple and you'll see how close it is to where I enter in the picture above.  Just click on the YouTube icon below to watch.



23rd March 2019 -



Picture (C) and courtesy of the AMC network

 Rev Jesse Custer and his crew (an ass-kicking Texan tomboy and affable Irish vampire) searching for God!

I'm now on series two of this fascinating show from the AMC network, currently being shown on Amazon Prime and I am lapping it up. The surrealism and plot twists are just great and it has echos of Twin Peaks at its height.  Bored?  Can't find anything to watch?  Then troll over to your TV set, PC or tablet and start watching this gem from episode one, series one.  Prepare for things you just didn't see coming and a lot of laughs to boot!

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