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The Ghost Club - now here was one beaut men's club!

On their official website the Ghost Club says: "The Ghost Club is the oldest organisation in the world associated with psychical research.  It was founded in 1862 but has its roots in Cambridge University where, in 1855, fellows at Trinity College began to discuss ghosts and psychic phenomena. Past members include Charles Dickens, Siegfried Sassoon, Harry Price, Donald Campbell, Peter Cushing, Peter Underwood, Maurice Grosse, Sir Shane Leslie and Eric Maple.   That's some pretty impressive names on that list -    Charles John Huffam Dickens ( 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period .   During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars.  Siegfried Loraine Sassoon , CBE ,

Helen Duncan - the last of the great Victorian Mediums

'Riddle of how medium knew the fate of ships' - Helen Duncan:  The family of Helen Duncan are still after a posthumous pardon for her being jailed as a witch. (a short video about Helen Duncan)

Some Ghosts Dont like Change

It was my good luck to be able to connect with a spirit energy this weekend that I had worked with before. Eliza was the original owner of a historic building at a small village called Wollombi, outside of Cessnock in NSW, Australia. She has been 'hanging around' her home although she had passed many years earlier. The old owner and the new owner lived happily side by side for a long time with Eliza making herself known to Caroline, the new owner, many times in many subtle ways. But over the last week Caroline has sold the home as she has found it so hard to continue doing all of the work required to keep bringing in the ongoing income needed. I visited the house on the weekend and was invited by Caroline to sit in Eliza's old bedroom and have a chat with her. I decided I would ask Eliza if she was happy with the upcoming change of ownership. I walked in and turned on two K2 meters placing them on the bed to see if they would flash responses to my questions. Eliz

Joseph Glanvill - First Official English Ghost Hunter

Ghost hunting began very seriously. A gentleman named Joseph Glanville (1636-80) and was given the very important sounding title of England's Ghost Hunter General". He wrote a number of very successful books about the subject and even went out into the filed to prove some of his theories. Wikipedia tells us that: Joseph Glanvill born in Plymouth Devon, was an English writer, philosopher, and clergyman. Not himself a scientist, he has been called "the most skillful apologist of the virtuosi", or in other words the leading propagandist for the approach of the English natural philosophers of the later 17th century . In 1661 he predicted The time will come, when making use of magnetic waves that permeate the ether ,...we shall communicate with [persons on the opposite side of the globe . What a forward thinking man indeed! The Drummer of Tedworth is a report of supernatural activity by Joseph Glanvill in the West Country of England, in his Saducism

Now its the ladies turn!

Introducing CATHERINE CROWE - Born in 1790 Catherine Crowe was an English author of dramas, children's books, and novels. She is remembered mainly for her publication, The Night-side of Nature , a collection of stories of the supernatural.   Crowe’s Night Side was one of the publishing sensations of 1848. A two volume exploration of “ghosts and ghost seers,” intermingled with observations on phrenology, Mesmerism and the poltergeist phenomena, the book happily appeared just before the vast explosion of interest in communication with the dead occasioned by the dubious activities of the Fox sisters on the far side of the Atlantic. asIn consequence, Night Side ran through 16 editions in only six years, made its author moderately rich, introduced a large number of well-to-do Victorians to the world of the occult – and had an influence out of all proportion with its present reputation. Indeed, the book “marked the turning point,” Hilary Evans suggests, “in society

Harry Price was THE MAN in the 1920's

Enjoy this trip back in time to watch Harry Price give a talk about paranormal investigating. Harry Price is one of the most controversial and famous psychic researchers and authors in the history of spiritualist studies, well back in the early 1900's any way. Harry is particularly famous for being targeted by many of his more serious peers and at the same time becoming extremely popular with the public due to his fascinating studies on haunted houses, psychic activity, mediumship and other supernormal phenomena. With his level of interest in these fields combined to his awareness of magic, Price was an adept magician as well, he was able to uncover a number of fraudulent claims to supernormal activity during his lifetime because he was aware of how to create these false claims. Harry Price wrote several books during his life and these still have a huge following in the world of psychical study and beyond. This is a very interesting look into methods of filming

Chapter Two - So where did all of this Ghost Hunting begin?

Firstly, Did you know that the term ghost hunting was only first seen in writings by an Irish man named Elliot O'Donnell ( 1872-1965) in his book Confessions of a Ghost Hunter .                                                         The dapper Mr Elliot O"Donnell ‘Let me state plainly that I lay no claim to being what is termed a scientific psychical researcher. I am not a member of any august society that conducts it’s investigations of the other world, or worlds, with the test tube and weighing apparatus; neither do I pretend to be a medium or clairvoyant — I have never undertaken to “raise” ghosts at will for the sensation-seeker or the tourist. I am merely a ghost hunter. One who lays stake by his own eyes and senses; one who honestly believes he inherits in some the degree the faculty of psychic perceptiveness from a long line of Celtic ancestry; and who is, and always has been, deeply and genuinely interested in all questions relative to phantasms and a

Let me introduce you to.......

Lets go on a journey.. This one will mean that you have to come back as I am creating this one as we go. Just a bit of pulling together scattered thoughts right now and getting serious about compiling some of the knowledge that I have learnt along the way. Chapter One - Introduction I am gathering that because you have picked up this little thread because you have an interest in ghosts right? Of course you do! Most of us have been bought up of a diet of horror movies and ghost stories and now that we have You Tube and the internet you can while away the hours looking at dodgy photo shopped ghost photos and amateur investigative teams ghost videos to your heart’s content. Believe me – you are not the only guilty one – so have I. But what is real and what is faked? That's the million dollar question. Some are incredibly real at first glance. Personally, I load everything that I have not seen with my own eyes or felt with my own goosy hair standing o


I seem to always have my head in TROVE - and some interesting stories have surfaced which I will share over the upcoming weeks. THIS ONE is from 1959 - "Lived in House with Skeletons" Newcastle, Wednesday - The skeletons of a woman and her child were found on the verandah of a house at West Wallsend today. Detectives think they were both strangled. Newcastle Police charged a 31 year old man with the murder of the woman and boy - the dead were (name withheld ) aged 24 and her son ( name withheld) aged 3. An 80 year old man has been living in the house for months not knowing a crime had been committed. Today when he opened a door onto the verandah he found the skeletons. The remains were removed to the Royal Newcastle Hospital Morgue." (thought I would not publish names just to be a little respectful here - but this story is on Trove so if you are really keen you can search for it)