3:45pm Fri 19 Aug 11
It seems Bournemouth has been “singled out” for harsh treatment by malign forces. We recall a spate of UFOs sent to disturb our fair coastal region in 2007 and suspect that the current unpleasantness originates from the same demonically infested individual”.
Oh dear! I was just sent this report by somebody who spotted this in the “Bournemouth Echo” yesterday. I wouldn’t mind, except that ‘I’ am the ‘demonically infested’ person who was supposed to have sent a ‘biblical flood’ upon the quiet town of Bournemouth yesterday. That newspaper reported that Bournemouth had suffered the worst rainfall for 30 years, and it was possibly related to a similar UFO invasion upon this fair Tourist town (previously reported by the reliable “Bournemouth Echo”) in the latter part of 2007. Needless to say, I was the ‘black magician’ held for being responsible for these alien disturbances, and , not least, for causing one particular resident to take refuge in his loo outside his bungalow on a cliff-top in Bournemouth.
What can I say!? It is true that I am in personal contact with the Commander of the alien invasion force who plan to return to the planet Earth very soon, to ‘escort’ certain earthlings to their distant planet of Bonkinite for the purpose analysing, and eradicating certain forms of evil human behaviour.
Well best of luck to them, I say! But when I read silly newspaper repoprts such as this, it makes me wonder exactly what I am supposed to have done to such people?!?Can anybody enlighten me? For I’m at a bit of a loss here!!
Gave yet another Talk last night at the Devereux pub near the Temple. Gareth J. Medway, author of The Lure of the Sinister, interviewed myself before a crowded room upstairs in the old pub.
My son Jamie and his girlfriend Jo drove Della and myself down there accompanied by another friend of Della’s and we all just fitted into the car nicely. The talk had already been advertised on the Secret Chiefs’ website which probably helped to explain the influx of interested people. I did in fact invite my friend Kev and his wife Bev to attend (see Blog below) but unfortunately, they are returning to Spain soon although Kev has indicated that he would like to come to the next one.
The Talk was basically scheduled to coincide with the release of my new book “David Farrant : Out of the Shadows”, and I had previously told Gareth just to ask his own questions (he wrote the foreword for the book) about any aspects he considered would be interesting to a largely already enlightened audience.
Some of the attendees were people who I had previously corresponded with on various internet forums (including The Supernatural World), and it made a pleasant change to meet people in person who had expressed an interest in my investigations; instead of only speaking to them ‘electronically’.
The whole interview was filmed as were numerous questions from the audience at the end. I also got a chance to catch up on the progress of the forthcoming biopic about my life for which I am presently under contract, as its directors made a special trip to attend the Talk. I have since told them that I could probably allow clips from the filming to be included in their film to bring it completely up to date, if they so desired. I have to say that, in general, I was greatly impressed by the courtesy and attentiveness shown by the people there. After all, I am surely not THAT important, and even felt slightly embarrassed when Gareth insisted on reminding people that the newspapers thought that I was. In fact, I have been asked a similar question to this before (by interviewers other than Gareth) and my answer has always been that I do not lay claim to grandiose titles or suchlike; indeed, that in reality I am merely a ‘humble’ psychic investigator.
Anyway, the Talk was very successful, and I still have another three more Talks lined up for the book to do within the next couple of months.
Jamie gave us a lift back, and he and his girlfriend stayed the night as they had a fairly long trip home by car the next day.
Anyway, I leave you a little tired after all this mental exhaustion of the last few days; that said, it was all really highly enjoyable!
Gosh! What a busy day today.
Saw my friend Kev this afternoon and we managed to exchange some VERY useful information. Kev brought me over a load of copied emails and photographs (both black and white and colour) which really do throw a completely new light on the so-called Highgate ‘vampire’s’ old history. More of that to come, but in the meantime suffice it is to say that Della prepared a marvellous meal, which was enjoyed by five other people as well. It was really an informal meeting of the BPOS, and you really couldn’t imagine the astonishment at some of Kev’s revelations (well, they even surprised me as well!).
Invitation to a small party afterwards in Highgate, but Della and myself didn’t get there until around 10.30pm because of all the gaiety and revelry at our own party. I should point out here – lest it be in any way misunderstood – that Kev does not touch alcohol or smoke, and Della’s ‘punch’ was only comprised of various fruit juices; although Kev appeared to enjoy that.
Well enough rambling for the moment. I just wanted to show you all a couple of the pictures. More to follow though – I am not being so ‘lazy’ with my Blog now, now that my second autobiographical book is finished and on sale. Anyway, love you all and leave you all just for the moment.
Well, instead of a Blog right now (which would probably only bore you all!), thought you might like to see the Press Release for my new book instead. It is really self explanatory, and is being sent to all relevant publications. Happy reading! For the moment, David
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DAVID FARRANT : OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Well known paranormal investigator David Farrant, presents the long awaited second volume of his autobiography. A leading figure in London’s Wiccan and occult scene, perhaps best known for his involvement in the infamous ‘Highgate Vampire’ case, he exposes the corruption behind his modern day ‘witchcraft trial’ at the Old Bailey in 1974 and subsequent imprisonment. Made a scapegoat by the Metropolitan Police, who sought to quell the ‘black magic epidemic’ sweeping England in the early 1970s, he reveals the attempts of the Home Office and prison authorities to misrepresent and silence him, leading to his near-fatal hunger strike and successful appeal to the European Commission of Human Rights.
‘The nude rituals trial’, as it was dubbed by the press, led to Farrant being sentenced to nearly 5 years for a number of ‘occult related’ charges, including conducting Satanic ceremonies in open vaults in London’s Highgate Cemetery, and threatening two police detectives by sending them ‘voodoo death dolls’. Farrant was to gain further notoriety whilst in prison. “He had a thriving Coven in there” as one prisoner on release told The Sunday People, which headlined . . . Naked Witchcraft in the Nick. Still protesting his innocence, Farrant was eventually released in 1976. Refusing to give up his involvement in the paranormal and the occult, and continued with its rites and practices.
But behind the headlines life went on, and Farrant goes on to detail his marriage to a controversial white witch in 1979; his meetings with the late comedian Graham Chapman; a series of bizarre public ‘duels’ to which he was challenged by rival occultists; his guest appearance at the Congrès Luciférienne in Paris alongside a variety of international mystics and occultists, and a host of other detailed psychic investigations and ‘ghost hunting’ trips with which he was involved in the intervening years.
‘David Farrant: Out of the Shadows’ resulted from the popularity of Volume One, ‘David Farrant : In the Shadow of the Highgate Vampire’.
‘I have known the name David Farrant ever since I first started reading about and investigating the paranormal. His conversational style of writing comes across as very personal so you get a real sense of David’s character and strong feelings towards those around him at the time. I found ‘In the Shadow of the Highgate Vampire’ an intriguing insight to the Highgate case and the man thrust into the media storm that surrounded it. ‘
Ian Topham, Mysterious Britain and Ireland
NOTES TO EDITORS