June 2014

Emma Interview June 15 -14

New Friends And New Projects

Emma Interview June 15 -14
L-R, Jon Kaneko-James, David Farrant, Dark Morte and Merlin (c) Della Farrant 2014

Very long day today. Some more filming about that Highgate Vampire case and so a little tired. Don’t get me wrong, am not THAT tired and all in all it was a refreshing experience. We just all relaxed and took it slowly, and there was no need to rush anything. Being a Sunday daytime, Della was here as well and was able to take a couple of photographs of the occasion afterwards (see above).

Dark Morte, her partner Merlin, and Jon Kaniko-James of The Spooky Isles arrived at 2pm to spend the afternoon filming for an interview which Dark Morte is preparing with myself for release soon. Both Dark Morte and Jon asked me separate questions about the case and I was pleased that Dark Morte had read my book “In the Shadow of the Highgate Vampire” and also wanted to ask a little about my travels in Europe back in 1966 – things I recalled in the book; such as working on beaches collecting deck chairs, in various café’s along the way and picking fruit on various farms. It certainly was a refreshing change to talk to other seriously-minded people and get away from the silly ‘vampire claims’ which surrounded at case at the time in the 1970’s period. Jon also asked me some questions about Gardnerian / Traditional Wicca – always a contentious subject!

I believe Dark Morte has made two previous films (that I have seen anyway): one on haunted Minsden Chapel in Hertfordshire; and a more recent one featuring an interview with Jon about his personal views on ghosts and vampires.

In fact we didn’t finish filming until gone 7pm and then they left still accompanied by warm summer light as they all headed to the Flask. But not before Della had served us all some much need tea!

Well, that’s about all for now everyone. But I’ll keep you all up to date.

For the moment though,

David.

P.S. – Thank you Jamie for your message, I had a lovely Fathers’ Day!

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The Launch Of Written In Blood – By Paul Adams

Written in Blood event image

Hello everyone,

Well as promised – two Blogs in two days! And that’s not bad going for me!

Yesterday’s Blog was about something very special indeed – as is this one. Over the last year I have been following with interest and great anticipation the progress of a new title by my friend and fellow author Paul Adams. Paul has written many books focussing on paranormal history and activity, and is very skilled in presenting fresh views and perspectives on well-known cases which have captured the public’s imagination. He has, for instance, worked at length with Peter Underwood (who I presume needs no introduction to my readers here), on cataloguing the Borley Rectory case, which my organisation, the BPOS, have also investigated.

I would like to extend an invitation on behalf of The Spooky Isles to all readers of my ‘The Human Touch’ Blog to attend the launch of Paul’s forthcoming book ‘Written in Blood – A Cultural History of the British Vampire’, on July 12th. There will be a short introduction to Paul’s book by myself, which I was asked to contribute in light of my central involvement in the Highgate ‘vampire’ case when it first hit the headlines in 1970, and my continued research into the genuine phenomena which inspired this particular vampire myth over the proceeding 44 years (to date!). I believe that Paul also wants me to do a short interview about psychic research and my own views on ‘vampires’. Although I am a psychic investigator, and not ‘Britain’s Number One Psychic’ (anyone who promotes themselves in such ways would obviously be inviting scepticism regarding their claims, especially where these are fantastical! ), I feel that I can confidently predict that Paul’s book will ‘go down a storm’ when it hits the shelves. It is a ground breaking work, and his handling of the Highgate ‘vampire’ case has been very objective, unlike many stories which have appeared in the popular press. The number of books which have featured this case over the years is astonishing – as is the space they take up in my flat, as people tend to send these to me either because I have contributed or for my general interest. However it is rare to find a text upon this subject which pushes the envelope (or goes the extra mile, however one chooses to phrase it), and presents the facts in a cohesive and fresh style, but above all accurately.

I would like to say well done to Paul for his stoicism and enthusiasm in tackling such a nebulous and misrepresented paranormal case, as well as for completing a book with much broader implications for other cases, some well-known, some obscure – not to mention the impact of literature and movies upon popular culture including my old favourite bugbear, the influence of ‘Hammer Horror’ films!

The launch is taking place at the King and Queen public house in Foley Street, London, from 7.00pm, and full details can be found here.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on the night!

If you can’t attend, I heartily encourage you to obtain a copy of Paul’s work, which is essential reading for anyone interested in the Highgate ‘vampire’, and vampirism in general. It can be found on Amazon here.

For now,

David Farrant.

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Mickey and Louise Gocool of NLPI (c) Mickey Gocool

Congratulations To Mr and Mrs Gocool (To Be!)

Hello everyone – a very tired DF here! Not my fault. So much going on at the moment. Just when you think its all calmed down, it all starts up again.

So what’s news then? Well my son Jamie turned up last Friday and stayed over. He came rather without warning and just phoned Della to say he was en route from Southampton and would be here in a couple of hours. So that was a nice surprise. In fact, it was even nicer when he produced a bottle of Jack Daniels and said . . . “Happy Birthday – sorry it’s a bit late!” Then we ordered a Chinese takeaway and managed to catch up on a few things – ‘till about 4am in the morning! But both he and Della had the weekend off, so it didn’t really matter.

Think I mentioned before (or I meant to) Della’s new book Haunted Highgate is with the publishers now, so hopefully that will give her more time to write fresh material for her Website now “Hidden Highgate”. She had to make the book a priority, however, as she was working to an agreed deadline, and I know she has a couple of radio interviews coming up which will coincide with the book’s release in a few months. One of them is for Gareth Davies’s “Paratalk” in Los Angeles and the other one’s for Mickey Gocool’s Podcast NLPI Radio based in London. She already did one for Mickey last Hallowe’en at the launch of her Website, and is case anybody missed that, it is still available from the archives at this link.

Oh, before I forget, let us offer out congratulations to Mickey and Louise who recently announced that they are to get married in June next year. It’s a fascinating story how they met . . . maybe I shouldn’t say anything, but sure he won’t mind! . . .

Mickey and I were both interviewed recently for “Its Fate” magazine, and the accidental meeting of the happy couple could well be described as Fate. For were it not for Louise’s car breaking down unexpectedly one afternoon, Mickey would never have seen a “gorgeous blonde” standing forlorn at the side of the busy motorway, and like a knight in shining armour stopped to help. Perhaps the fact that he fancied her encouraged him to drive her all the way to the nearest service station to fill up her petrol can before driving her back to the stranded car – and of course getting her phone number! Well Fate does have a funny way of helping us along sometimes, and now they have a beautiful family together and are planning their nuptials, as well as managing the ever-expanding North London Paranormal Investigations as a team effort. I am genuinely pleased for them, as they are a compatible, friendly and loyal couple who deserve all the happiness that Fate has brought them.

Mickey and Louise Gocool of NLPI (c) Mickey Gocool
Mickey and Louise Gocool of NLPI (c) Mickey Gocool

Well, that’s it for now, but look out for tomorrow’s Blog, because another event is imminent (and I’m talking about July) that involves the well-known paranormal historian Paul Adams, who is bringing out a VERY exciting new book. The event is being organised by David Saunderson of The Spooky Isles, who incidentally is being interviewed by Mickey and his co-presenter Kurt Logsdon this Friday (June 6th) on NLPI Radio.  I’ll give you the details here tomorrow folks, and hope some of you can make it to his launch in London. We’ll be there anyway, but more on that very very soon.

Until tomorrow,

David

P.S. – that Jack Daniels was really good, thanks Jamie!