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In which the Author is the guest of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research…

This Saturday (9th November) I’m talking at the National Conference of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research (SSPR), a fine institution if ever there was.

The day long event promises to be a belter, with talks including:

Anthony Peake ‘Cheating the Ferryman: A New Blueprint for Post Mortem Survival’

P.G. Maxwell-Stuart ‘Poltergeists and Witches: Unruly Sisters’

Brian Allan ‘The Dark Messiah: Magick, Gnosis and Religion’

And a guest panel featuring Joan Charles.

As for your humble author, he’ll be waffling on about ‘Sex, Lies and Paranormal Glasgow’ – expect the usual coalescence of vampires, poltergeists, zombies and scepticism. Plus sex and lies of course.

sspr copy

The event is at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow’s West End, and runs from 10am to 5pm. Tickets and more details here.

In which the Author talks poltergeists at the Ghost Club…


Poltergeist Over ScotlandThis weekend I’m honoured to be the repeat guest at the Scottish branch of the estimable Ghost Club, at The Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB. The event kicks off at 1pm on Saturday 16th.


Here’s the official invite:


On Saturday 16 February 2013, Ghost Club Member, Geoff Holder will be presenting his talk on “Poltergeist Over Scotland”.  The first ever history of Scottish poltergeist cases – an astonishing array from the 17th century to the modern day. 

Poltergeist activity, with its noises, flying objects, floods and fires, has baffled investigators for centuries. Geoff Holder’s new book Poltergeist over Scotland is the first ever history of Scottish poltergeists, with 134 cases covering almost 400 years of alleged supernatural events. Witches, demons, ghosts and hoaxers populate a canvas of commonsense-defying mysteries that stretches from the year 1635 to the present day. Geoff Holder is also the author of the recently-published What Is a Poltergeist? – Understanding Poltergeist Activity, in which he explores in detail the nine principal theories that have been advanced to explain poltergeists.


Geoff is the author of 25 books on the paranormal and peculiar. His talk ‘Sex, Lies and Poltergeists’ was a hit at The National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Unsolved’ Crime and Mystery Festival in 2012. Join Geoff for an energetic illustrated canter through a bevy of poltergeist cases from the Glasgow area and beyond. Expect scenes of destruction, chaos and pointless violence from the very beginning.


For this event we have to charge an entry price of £10.00, this includes a buffet provided by the Tron Theatre.

This talk is being presented for Ghost Club members and friends and if you would like to attend please email Derek Green, Investigations Officer at investigations@ghostclub.org.uk
The Tron Theatre bar will be open for this event so please come along to support Geoff and enjoy a drink in excellent company.

Please bring your friends along for an excellent afternoon.




In which the author gave a talk at the ghost club in London…


On Saturday 17th March I was delighted to return to The Ghost Club, this time with a talk on ‘The Jacobites and the Supernatural’. My previous talk for the august institution (founded 1862 and still as sprightly as ever) was ‘Aleister Crowley and the Hauntings of Boleskine House’.


The Jacobite rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries convulsed Scotland, Ireland and England – almost leading to regime change in Westminster – before the cause was extinguished at Culloden, the last pitched battle in Britain. The adventure was also steeped in supernatural belief, from magical healing and witchcraft to second-sight, crisis apparitions and deals with the Devil. Drawing on my book of the same name, ‘The Jacobites and the Supernatural’ was a journey through battlefield phantoms, Black Dogs, haunted castles, holy wells, water turned into blood, and, yes, endlessly multiplying spectres of Bonnie Prince Charlie.


The event was for memebers and guests only, but joining on the door is always an option. The event took place at 2pm, in The Committee Room at The Victory Services Club, 63 Seymour Street, just off Edgware Road, London, W2 2HF. A kind thanks to all those in attendance.


For more information on the Ghost Club, visit – www.ghostclub.org.uk



In which the author gives a talk on ghosts in St Andrews…


On Thursday 23rd February I’ll be in the St Andrews Public Library giving an illustrated talk on ghosts.


Entitled ‘Haunted St Andrews and Area,’ and based on the book of the same name, the talk will feature such supernatural denizens as:

The White Lady and The Haunted Tower


  • The Poltergeist of Pitmilly House (and other poltergeists)
  • Ghosts of The Pends and St Leonard’s School
  • Ghosts of Town and Gown
  • Death Warnings and a Vortex of Evil


The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets (which are selling fast) are £3.50. Call 01334 659378.

Location: St Andrews Library, Church Square (off Church Street, between South Street and Market Street), St Andrews, KY16 9NN. More details and map here.


In which the author launches Haunted Dundee with a signing at Waterstones…


My next book, Haunted Dundee, is published on 26th January. So, manic grin in place, I’ll be signing copies that day in the Dundee Waterstones branch.


The book explores several centuries of Dundonian hauntings. There are stories of poltergeists, malevolent entities, apparitions, strange sounds, doppelgangers, visionary experiences and much more. The incidents range from 1706 to the present day, and include the tales of the White Ladies of Coffin Mill and Balgay Bridge, the hauntings of the historic ships Discovery and Unicorn, and a host of personal ghost sightings told to me by contemporary eye-witnesses.


Other cases include some truly bizarre episodes of apparent hallucinations of ghostly individuals investigated by a distinguished psychiatrist who was also a member of the Society of Psychical Research.


To celebrate, I’ll be signing copies on Thursday 26th January at the Waterstones branch at 35 Commercial Street, Dundee. Map here!



I’ll be in store between 1 and 2.30 p.m. Ish. If you can’t make it at the time, you could always call the shop on 0843 290 8287 and ask them to reserve a copy, which I’ll sign for you to pick up later. (They’ll probably have copies of Paranormal Dundee for sale as well.)


Watch the trailer for Haunted Dundee now!


In which the author gives a talk on poltergeists at Kinross…

On Monday 21st December I’m delighted to be the guest of the Kinross-shire Historical Society. Topics for the evening will include local big cat sightings, a particularly dastardly bodysnatching crime involving a hidden door and a secret underground dissection chamber, and an eighteenth century poltergeist that specialised in the relocation of pins inside slices of meat and boiled eggs. Just the usual stuff, then.


Everyone is welcome. The event kicks off at 7.30 in the parish church on Station Road, and as usual I’ll have copies of books for sale and signing.