Spooks on wheels

I’ve come a bit late to mentioning the latest edition of Phenomena Magazine – indeed I’m about on deadline to write another article. I’ve just started a short series under my ‘Spookology’ headline on ghostly modes of transport. They are classic ‘spooks’, ghosts that don’t fit the general explanations for what ghost might be. Certainly, a ghost train, airplane or automobile can’t be expected to have a soul – never mind how much some people love their cars! – and therefore can’t be returning spirits.

I begin my trip with the most traditional of ghostly modes of transport, the spectral carriage. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the ghosts of coaches-and-horses reported as trundling around the British highways and byways and many of these could reasonably be considered playbacks of past events. However, a good number are extra-spooky with headless horses, coachmen and passengers and some are fiery to boot. Some are even stranger and I detail my favourites in my article.

Other articles in the September edition of ghostly interest include an overview of the poltergeist phenomenon; an appraisal of ghost-hunting equipment; ‘The Entity’ case from 1974 revisited; and an amusing report of an on-site investigation in Northampton by Steve Mera. There is also an intriguing probe into the nature of consciousness and artificial intelligence. UFOs are covered in an exopolitical piece on disclosure, or rather non-disclosure, by the American administration and cryptozoology raises its scaly head in the form of a feature on dragons and other winged beasts.

The usual website is down so, to access the latest issue visit http://www.mapit.kk5.org/ and download for free.


About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (www.uncannyuk.com), a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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