My next book, Poltergeist over Scotland, will be published at the end of January. It is the first-ever survey of Scottish poltergeists, with 134 cases stretching from 1635 to 2012. Illustrated with images and distribution maps, and with cases in Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles and the Highlands, as well as all the Lowland counties and the major cities, this should be the definitive work on the topic of Scottish polts.
New research throws light on a number of well-known episodes, from the Edinburgh ‘Egyptian curse’ poltergeist to the Trinity case that famously ended up with one of the participants suing the other in court. In addition, many cases have been rescued from dusty obscurity, while others have either not seen the light of publication for centuries, or are previously unpublished.
That gentleman and scholar Jim Harold has just posted another slice of his inestimable internet supernaturalia, ‘The Paranormal Podcast’, this one featuring my second appearance on the American show. Jim and I discuss the meaning and reality (or otherwise) of hauntings, with reference to poltergeists, apparitions, doppelgangers, fetches, and the dubious genre of ‘haunted telly’. Somehow we also managed to shoehorn in time slips (ghosts-as-time-travellers), the ‘survival hypothesis’ (ghosts-as-conscious-spirits), the ‘stone tape’ notion (ghosts-as-recordings) – oh, and some knickers. It was great fun.
The show ‘What are Hauntings?’ can be downloaded for free from here!
The January 2012 edition of Scottish Memories magazine has a two-page spread on The Little Book of Glasgow, with a number of extracts from the miscellany covering pubs, transport, sport and urban myths. Scottish Memories is, in the publication’s own words, “Scotland’s premier history/nostalgia monthly”.
More Little Book of Glasgow news to follow very shortly, including a column in a well-known evening newspaper (which is why a nice man loaded with seriously professional cameras spent 30 minutes contorting me into various poses today…).