In 1762, hundreds flocked nightly to London’s Cock Lane to see for themselves the antics of Scratching Fanny. At Hydesville in up state New York the home of the Fox family was similarly besieged in 1848, while inside, three sisters communicated with the spirit of a murdered pedlar and inadvertently founded the entire Spiritualist movement.
Media skeptics and magicians, such as Criss Angel or James Randi, frequently put forward ‘cold reading’ as an explanation for why a fraudulent psychic, or medium, may appear more accurate than they actually are. In addition, cold reading manuals are widely available for the ‘pseudo-psychic’.
We’re asked quite regularly why we ghost hunt. I suppose in some ways it’s quite odd to see two teenagers spending their nights in dark buildings looking for something that may or may not exist…
I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Whilst every shop in every mall plays the same old Christmas jingle - with the hope that weary customers may buy just one more item from their brazenly stocked shelves. In reality, it’s not difficult to see why so many of us dread this iconic time of the year.
It’s the middle of June and everyone in Scotland should be basking in the palliative effects of a scorching hot sun
Rebecca Mascull’s book lets us into the unearthly world of Adeliza Golding. She is born on a Kent hops farm with very little sight but can see a host of pale and curious faces who whisper and nod at her – these are The Visitors.
14 Oct 2014 Hayley Baxter