August 2014

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Della Wins Hands Down

Exciting news, everyone! The release date for Della’s new book Haunted Highgate is getting closer and closer – just six weeks to go now. And yesterday she received the proofs for the book. There were no grammatical corrections, just a few suggestions for insertions etc. Della’s book gives the reader a very thorough overview of many hauntings in the Highgate area, and includes a lot of previously unpublished witness accounts. Of course, some well-known ‘ghost’ cases (such as those which pertain to The Flask, The Gatehouse and the Highgate ‘vampire’) could not be just ignored because they are integral to old Highgate’s paranormal heritage. But even in the coverage of these a wealth of new background information and witness accounts have been introduced. Although looking through the proofs today I noticed that Della has either ignored or debunked the usual nonsense, concentrating instead on her own meticulous research, with the invaluable contribution that this adds to Highgate’s secret history.

Anyway, I’m afraid you will all just have to wait to read it when it is released on 6th October. The book has been in preparation for a couple of years now, and involved a lot of sleepless nights; or at least going to bed just as the sun was rising. Della’s book is available for pre-order on Amazon here:

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Another new book titled Supernatural: The World Guide to Mysterious Places was sent to me by airmail a week and a half or so ago. It was written by Sarah Bartlett, an occult author who these days lives in France. I was surprised to read Sarah’s little joke within the pages, and in all the many books I have been sent which mention myself in relation to the Highgate ‘vampire’ case I have to say that I have never read ONE which manages to get things so spectacularly wrong in such an amusing fashion. As one disgruntled commentator has already noted, how this happened is a complete mystery, and a ‘dickipoggy’ one at that! But it seems that the answer will remain ‘occulted’ for the foreseeable future. As I mentioned, so very many books (AND websites) have published and continue to publish so much nonsense about myself that one more won’t hurt, I suppose! At the end of the day these things really aren’t worth worrying about, and if I was to make a big ‘song and dance’ about it people would reasonably conclude that I was only doing this for some inverted form of publicity! I hardly need and certainly don’t desire this; I’ve got enough going on in the real world, especially with Della’s new book coming out and all its GENUINE revelations about Highgate. But as my old friend Boffinack used to say – a LOT – ‘the only thing worse than bad publicity is no publicity!’

So good luck Sarah, and good luck Della with your separate enterprises. But if you want the truth of the Highgate affair then I am afraid to say that Della wins hands down. Sorry Sarah! Will make it up to you next time, honest.

Now with all these books to read I am afraid, dear readers, that I must abandon you for my smoking jacket and cigar, and settle down on the chaise-longue for a few hours’ worth of cerebellum tickling.

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Goodnight all, and DO enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend!

David

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You Know Who You Are – And So Does Le Comte

Received a visit from an old friend on Thursday night, Rob Milne, who many will remember as Le Comte de Milano, the acclaimed international playboy, duellist and occultist who caused so much controversy in the UK a few years ago by fighting on the ‘Cause of right’ to defeat the forces of evil. This was only one milestone in his turbulent career . . . but it was sufficient to invoke the wrath of many so-called religious sects and groups in the UK after Le Comte had denounced them as all being ‘false prophets’! He was almost certainly right . . . they were! But disillusioned by all the hypocrisy of such individuals and their attempts to smear him on a global scale, Rob finally left the UK a few years ago to return to his ancestral roots in Northern Italy. He did need ‘a well-earned- rest’ as he confided to myself a few years ago; but we agreed to keep in contact. I was not in the least surprised therefore to hear from him a couple of weeks ago announcing that he had to return to the England for a while and ‘could we put him up for a couple of weeks’, as he had some a matter of ‘honour’ to sort out in the UK.

Of course, I said he was welcome, and lo and behold he turned up last Thursday

It turns out, as I suspected from several cryptic phonecalls and posts on my Blog and various forums, that Le Comte has been keeping a protective and watchful eye on the Land of Farrant, and the nefarious behaviour of those who would threaten its reputation – himself included. Le Comte after all is a long established member not only of The Highgate Vampire Society, but of The British Psychic and Occult society’s inner circle.

Anyway, he turned as expected after a long trip with his long-time paramour Veronica, armed with a bottle of best scotch whiskey, champagne and some bottles of wine . . . and he’s still here with his fair damsel!

But they are very welcome, and we’ve all had a great time catching up, and no doubt there will be more adventures to follow.

I was a bit surprised to learn though that since our last meeting ‘in the flesh’, Le Comte has followed in the footsteps of that other notorious libertine Lord Byron, and become a vegetarian. He claims that this maintains his equilibrium, and inhibits his desire to take up the rapier again. But judging by the things he was coming out with on Thursday his diet seems to be having quite the opposite effect. I have often wondered whether the self-denial of an innate urge for blood can provoke peculiar consequences in certain personalities . . .

Anyway, I will keep you all informed on Le Comte’s progress before he returns to his secret retreat in Northern Italy – once his business in the UK has been completed of course.

Well, that’s the latest for now everyone. And be back soon.

David.

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