The Ghost Hunting Issue, Part 2
It was last year’s SPR conference that inspired my trip. Leeds, I thought, what’s near Leeds? Then I remembered: Pontefract. Pontefract is the home of what has become one of the most talked about cases in recent years: the so-called ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’ of 30 East Drive. It is an interesting story because it started off as a poltergeist case before turning into an allegedly recurrent haunting; and so I set out to find out more. What happened next you can read in ‘A Night with the Black Monk’.
‘The Ghost Hunting Issue’ is, of course, a play on words: it is both an issue of the magazine about ghost hunting and about the issue, as in the point to be debated, of ghost hunting. This was something that motivated my own article: what is contemporary ghost hunting and what can we conclude from it? The article is thus descriptive and questioning, but it is not concerned with the evidentiality or otherwise of the things reported at 30 East Drive. The actual critique of ghost hunting I leave to the chairman of the SPR’s Spontaneous Cases Committe, Alan Murdie. Read more
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