Just dashing in to say there's a wonderful collection of ghost stories, myths and legends with a historical edge (and quite a lot of screaming) over at historical novelist Annie Whitehead's blog today. Do pop over and take a look - these are 'real' stories, not fiction, and very entertaining!
A good few years ago now I bought my first ever property - a small, brand-new flat in Birmingham. With much excitement I moved in, decorated, filled it with oddments of furniture and books, and settled down... only to find some very strange goings-on. These included sudden temperature drops, an unpleasant atmosphere, and even physical [...]
Friend and fellow Westmorland Writer member Deborah Swift has been kind enough to run a guest (ghost?) blog post of mine on the background to Got Ghosts? Since Deborah writes historical novels (including The Gilded Lily and Pleasing Mr Pepys), I wanted something that would be vaguely interesting to her readers, so rather than concentrating [...]
I'm dashing in with the fantastic news that my new book Got Ghosts? is released today, just in time for Halloween. Considering the number of ghosts in the book, that's just about perfect! Huge thanks to Adele, Vincent, Daz and all the others at Fox Spirit Books for making this happen. The book, which features [...]
Just in time for Halloween, there's a fascinatingly creepy but ultimately common-sense article about the Victorian practice of photographing ghosts on the Hyperallergic blog here. The article debunks some of the old myths surrounding ghostly photographs and is illustrated with some really good examples, as well as some that wouldn't fool anyone these days. But [...]
This month's Lancashire Life magazine has an amusing little piece about haunted stately homes in and around the county, presumably in the run up to Halloween. Locations on the list include Rufford Old Hall which is said to be haunted by Queen Elizabeth I (and no, the article's authors couldn't think why she would choose [...]
I see from the Westmorland Gazette that Appleby Castle has just re-opened to the public after a ten-year break. The castle, which dates back to the 12th century and has been lived in continuously ever since, still retains a Norman keep, as well as a medieval manor house, walls, and what look like some very [...]