October 2014

Muswell Hill Geisterfest David Farrant

“The Vampire Hunter of Muswell Hill” ???

"Trick or treat, Mister Farrant?"
“Trick or treat, Mister Farrant?”

Hello all,

I am STILL sticking to my promise of updating my Blog regularly, and I have some exciting news for you all this time.

This Hallowe’en sees the inaugural launch of the Muswell Hill Geisterfest – a unique Hallowe’en festival – cum – local celebration which is taking place on Friday October 31st 2014.

Art for Arts Sake Muswell Hill Geisterfest 2014

As a resident of Muswell Hill for many decades (and previously Highgate where, in fact, I was born), it was with great honour that I noticed my name had appeared in the Geisterfest posters plastered around Muswell Hill. Well, I say my name, but actually I have been billed as “The Highgate Vampire Hunter” – and I know which old friend on the planning committee is responsible for THAT!

Muswell Hill Geisterfest

Anyway. the real purpose of this event is to bring the local community together; and to this end organise a series of events and programmes, supported by local people, shops and traders. There are many activities planned to amuse and entertain local children as well as adults, from mask-making to pumpkin-carving competitions, as well as a full performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Activities are planned all around Muswell Hill Broadway, including the Crocodile Café which will be converted into a spooky grotto, Avenue Mews where a Scarecrow Festival is taking place and O’Neill’s public house where a spooky selection of stalls can be found upstairs in the gallery.

Della and I will be attending the latter with our friend and fellow author Paul Adams, and the event will be being filmed for those who are unable to attend. Personally dedicated copies of Paul Adam’s books Written in Blood : A Cultural History of the British Vampire and The Little Book of Ghosts will be available on the day, along with copies of Della’s new book Haunted Highgate, and copies of my own books including Beyond the Highgate Vampire and my two autobiographies.

It looks set to be a really fun community event, and all of us here in Muswell Hill are really looking forward to it. And Paul, Della and myself look forward to meeting any London-based readers on the day. We will have to wrap up around 7.30pm as we have other Hallowe’en related commitments in the evening, but if you can make it after work then we look forward to seeing you.

Directions to the Muswell Hill Geisterfest

All proceeds from the raffle at O’Neill’s – to which we will be donating prizes – go to the charity All People All Places, which supports homeless and vulnerably housed people.

More Hallowe’en events to be announced soon, but for the moment,

Yours, a little tired as usual, David!

Debiddofaranto Tōkyō metoro de no watashi no hīrō

Hallowe’en Comes But Once A Year

October is always a busy time year in the “Land of Farrant” for obvious reasons. The build-up to Hallowe’en always signals the frequent ringing of the telephone and various emails from reporters anxious for a ‘Highgate vampire’ story to run. There will be a few of these in popular magazines over the next couple of weeks, but I better not say which just yet! The new website has many pages which discuss other topics, but to save reporters getting lost in the morass of other sites out there which offer vague and/or incorrect – and sometimes entirely fictious – accounts of what that case really involved I decided to add for the first time a page solely devoted to the subject. Perhaps unsurprisingly this has proven to be the most ‘hit’ page so far since my new site’s launch on Wednesday October 8th. As it seems to be so popular we have added a bit more information to the page, which can be found here: http://davidfarrant.org/the-highgate-vampire/
In other news, as many readers will be aware Della’s new book Haunted Highgate hit the shelves this week, and she has been invited to appear on Nocturnal Frequency Radio hosted by Steve Genier and Alex Rondini tomorrow. The show is very popular on the West Coast, and will be broadcast on Sunday 11pm (EST) – that’s 4am for us in the UK, and you can listen to it here: http://www.newvisionsradio.com/. But don’t worry if you miss it – it will be in the archives. Pity poor Della who has to stay up all night for the show, and has a paranormal investigation connected with Highgate the following night which will go on til cockcrow no doubt! But these things have to be done – at least on the basic principle of investigating matters on the ground, so to speak, as opposed to just attempting research from behind a computer! Best of luck to you guys though, at least you seem to be taking an interest!

Speaking of which, I have sadly had to block one particular ‘dissenter’ from the new website already, who after a few minutes of sitting in shock staring at it proceeded to immediately hit pages which apparently reference himself (http://davidfarrant.org/cabinet-of-curiosities/the-mysterious-magister/ seemed to particularly interest him) before downloading as many pages and pictures as he could bare to look at. Strange, I know, as was this person’s evident interest in associates of mine involved in the Highgate ‘vampire’ case such as John Bradish (who he obviously met in court when bound over for intimidating John’s wife and children) and my friend Rob Milne who challenged him to a duel some years back to redress a similar attempt at intimidating an innocent ‘wee lassie’ as Rob would put it. Anyway this oddball is in the minority fortunately, so please everyone just don’t take any notice of the maniacal claims which he will no doubt be posting on Facebook under his usual aliases accompanied by stolen photographs from the new site. He is to be pitied, really.

I mentioned that Hallowe’en always seems to provoke fresh interest in the Highgate ‘vampire’ case – here is a link to a short radio broadcast which went up yesterday and which some readers may enjoy! I can’t say I agree with all of it sentiments, but it makes some valid observations (and is quite amusing!) and nevertheless I believe in free speech so here it is: http://halloweenhaunt.wordpress.com/

What else? Oh yes, thank you for your photograph Yashkamiko, and I am pleased to learn that various news seems to have spread to Tokyo! Thanks for your email too – I’ll be in touch soon.

More news to follow shortly about forthcoming Hallowe’en shenanigans, but for now everyone,

David

Debiddofaranto Tōkyō metoro de no watashi no hīrō
David Farrant new website

Welcome to the new website!

Regular readers of this blog – and the website – will have doubtless noticed that it has had more than a minor facelift!

In fact, Della – my long suffering wife – has been working on what you can see now for around four months.   We hope you like the changes!  These were largely made based on feedback from readers about what they would like to see more of.

Some of the differences (without boring you all to death with a list of all the changes – which would take up several irrelevant pages!) are:

 

The Galleries” have been restored and updated

Over 100 “Vintage Press Reports” have been added

The new “Magazines & Media” section now also has many articles uploaded

“The Human Touch Blog” is now integrated into the main website

We now have a working “B.P.O.S. online bookshop”

“Investigations” has been expanded

There is now a handy “Radio” Archive

“Events and Talks” both past and present are now easy to access

“Filmed Interviews” & “Documentaries” have now been neatly curated

 

What else ? Oh yes, you can even record your own ‘FarrantCam’ now should you wish!

If you spot any broken links or glitches then please do let us know via the CONTACT FORM – with over 730 blog entries, 110 pages, a dozen or so books not to mention the galleries and vintage news reports this has been a behemoth of a site for poor Della to overhaul.  But we are very pleased with the results and hope you all enjoy the new new site.

Oh – and a BIG thank you is due to Lorcan Maguire of Newton Photographic for the use of his stunning photograph of The Egyptian Avenue in Highgate Cemetery for the main banner.  You may recognise his photograph from the front cover of Della Farrant’s recently released book Haunted Highgate. That Lorcan sure is getting about!

For now,

David

 

Haunted Highgate

Stop Press

David-smiling

Hello all,

Just a brief blog – not an extract from my daily diary, you will have to wait til tomorrow for that.

I just wanted to let you all know that Della’s new book Haunted Highgate is now to be released not only in print but as an e-book.  With only a few days to go before both versions of the book are available, a preview can now be viewed on Google Books.   So for those of you who have been counting down the days, you can now have a sneaky peak inside the pages of this much anticipated history of Highgate’s many ghosts.

Enjoy everyone!

David

Haunted Highgate by Della Farrant