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Haunted Cornwall

By (author) Paul Newman
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Sep 2005
Dimensions: w 156mm h 230mm d 13mm
Weight: 295g
ISBN-10: 0752436686
ISBN-13: 9780752436685
Barcode No: 9780752436685
For anyone who would like to know why Cornwall is called the most haunted place in Britain, this collection of stories of apparitions, manifestations and related supernatural incidents from around the Duchy provides the answer. From heart-stopping accounts of poltergeists to first-hand encounters with ghouls and spirits who haunt prehistoric graves, "Haunted Cornwall" contains a chilling range of ghostly phenomena. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources, it features a gory medieval murder at Poundstock; a gruelling exorcism at Botathan; the spectre of Annie George at the First and Last Inn at Sennen; a 'human double' clocking in for work at St Austell; a vanishing house at Bossiney; and, a phantom stagecoach on the Mevagissey road.

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A highly readable, deeply intriguing work that skilfully traces the borderline where folklore melts into what may be termed the authentically supernatural. The variety of apparitions chronicled in Mr Newman?s short but gripping work is astounding. Here are doppelgangers, poltergeists, the crisis apparition of a famous admiral, the mournful revenants of the lost gardens of Heligan, the sirens ensnaring a solitary walker on the coast near Padstow, a 17th century housemaid?s encounter with fairies (that recalls A Midsummer Night's Dream), ghostly lights, ghouls that haunt burial mounds, a disturbing story featuring the Great Beast, Aleister Crowley, and the poet Rupert Brooke, and an account of an excorcism that catches the abrupt manifestation and swift, gliding movements of a restless spirit. In no other part of Britain would one find such a disturbing and blood-chilling spectral banquet. Thomas McNeff West Country Book News