The latest free to download Phenomena Magazine – clearly the best value paranormal mag around! – has impressive Black Dog artwork on the cover. There are in fact not one but two Black Dog stories in February’s issue. The first is a personal encounter with a classic Black Dog on the Scottish Isle of Arran. It was huge, black, had red eyes but, it would seem, had a friendly disposition, placing it into a kind of sub-category of the pedigree – the helpful Black Dog.
The second appears in my latest Spookology article. This critter was also fairly typical: huge, black and shaggy-haired but with a lean, lurcher-like silhouette, unlike the classic mastiff-type body. I spoke personally to the witness of this previously unrecorded Black Dog sighting, which took place in Brymbo, near Wrexham, in the 1970s. The Arran encounter took place in the 1960s. Both are therefore comparatively recent sightings of these folkloric apparitions. In my article I also detail another, even weirder animal-like apparition seen at Brymbo (in the 80s!), a demonic-looking thing with horns that stood on its two hind legs and glowered menacingly at the witnesses.
There is a higher than average ghostly content to February’s Phenomena. two of England’s best-known haunted houses are disssected: the Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, by Robert Young and Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire, by Matt Forde. Dave Sadler investigates the classic spook, ‘Molly Leigh, the Burslem Witch’, hunting out her haunts in Staffordshire.
Dave also presents a useful article on the many points of interest to recognise in a clear night sky, not only for their own sake but also to help you distinguish them from unidentifiable illuminations – ie UFOs. The wide range of phenomenology that must be considered when addressing the subject of UFOs is explored in a considered article by Lorin Cutts.
The final highlight is by Steve Mera and is a thought-provoking examination of a case of disappearance in Southampton. The numbers of people who simply seem to vanish off the face of the Earth in Britain alone is extremely worrying. Of course, some people won’t want to be found but what of the others? Malevolent human agency or something stranger? Whatever the answer, it can’t be pleasant.
And do look out for my advert for my new iPhone app Ghost Finder London – thanks for the publicity, guys!