Beyond the Highgate Vampire
Do such things as ‘vampires’ really exist? Or is such imagery merely the result of misguided theology, legend and outdated superstition?
Author David Farrant throws a unique insight into the realm of ghosts, demons and ‘vampires’, and the fascinating realm in which they supposedly dwell.
Beyond the Highgate Vampire was the first contemporary account to expose the activities of Satanists in Highgate Cemetery. Including original reports received by the BPOS, it details the contemporary BPOS investigation, which concluded such activity may have been responsible for ‘activating’- or perhaps ‘re-activating’- a terrifying demonic entity which lurked in the environs of Highgate Cemetery
In addition to sharing his experiences of his contemporary involvement with these events, David Farrant recounts reports of similar shadowy figures which began to escalate in frequency in other locations within the proximity of Highgate Cemetery. He explores their possible link not only with Satanic activity but with a leyline which seems to connect all the principle areas afflicted by this psychical activity. From his own perspective as a then Wiccan High Priest David also sets out the differences between white and black magic, which became so indistinguishable in public consciousness at the time of the hysteria.
David Farrant’s first and most popular published work, ‘Beyond the Highgate Vampire’, complete with 20 original photographic illustrations, exposes the blurring of fact and fiction in a remarkable tale of 20th century vampirism recorded at Highgate Cemetery in North London in 1970 … true facts of supernatural origin which would have never otherwise been disclosed in their entirety.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FOR SOME YEARS now David Farrant has been renowned for his investigations into unexplained mysteries and other ghostly phenomena. Perhaps the most well known of these cases, at least, in so far as much that this came to be held in the public view, was the mysterious phenomenon that was reported at London’s Highgate Cemetery in the late 1960’s – a case that he was later to regret having investigated in the first place due to the unforeseen circumstances that were to arise. For as he describes in the book, David Farrant was taken to court for his involvement in the Highgate Cemetery affair in 1970, although he was also involved in a series of later court actions which he has chosen to leave out of this present account. Perhaps this is an inevitable consequence of space (or lack of it), for Farrant’s involvement in the whole Highgate affair (not least, with the ‘blood-sucking vampire’ that was said to lurk at Highgate Cemetery), would have been wildly beyond the confines of the space he devotes to put forward the essential part of the investigation and his original arrest for ‘vampire hunting’ back in 1970.
But these events, he deals with fairly, and I suppose it remains his privilege to record later happenings – the tragic consequences included – as and when these were to occur in the future. For the purposes of this present work, it would perhaps be fitting to remind ourselves, that the following account remains on record as a sober and factual testimony about the facts that surrounded the strange vampire-like entity that was said to haunt Highgate Cemetery.
FOREWORD BY DAVID FARRANT
SO MUCH has already been written on the subject of ‘vampirism’ that it would seem an impossible task to write anything new about the subject without reverting to mere repetition or flirting with facts incredible – a trap that has ensnared even serious researchers since the myth was first born, somewhere, at some time in the distant mists of human memory.
But instances of vampirism (in their written form at least) are by no means confined to the whims and platitudes of their various creators (Bram Stoker included) and occasionally there will occur a ‘real life’ event that seemingly steps out of fiction to silence the objections of the most hardened skeptic. Perhaps the most famous case in recent times concerned the Croglin Grange incident when in Cumbria in 1875, a ‘vampire-like’ figure that had been terrorising the neighbourhood was shot by a band of ‘citizen vigilantes’ and later discovered lying in a bloodstained coffin – wound intact – in the vaults of a local cemetery; but another case that occurred only a few years ago was to take its turn in convincing many that there really existed such things as ‘blood-sucking vampires’. The year was 1970; the location, a semi-derelict Victorian burial ground on the outskirts of north London called Highgate Cemetery.
In fact, the story really began the preceding year, although at this time consisted of little more than a series of ghostly sightings at – or around – Highgate Cemetery that had been marked down for investigation by the British Psychic and Occult Society (BPOS).
It was little dreamt that this subsequent investigation was to uncover a sequence of strange events (some would say ‘sinister’) that were to eventually associate Highgate Cemetery with a unique outbreak of 20th century vampirism. Some of these events are now all but history, but many others have become immersed in a deluge of fact and counter-fact, the truth having long since been buried beneath a welter of unfounded supposition and frivolous publicity.
It is only now, some twenty years after the case first came into the public view, that the BPOS have chosen to release the true facts underlying the original investigation. The motive is to clarify once and for all the general uncertainty and misunderstanding over what may, or may not have been, a ‘vampire’ at Highgate Cemetery.
On a sudden impulse, I made for the back wall which the police where approaching thinking that it was possible to reach this without being spotted and then scale this further along. After all, this was the nearest way out. Unfortunately, just by the wall, I was caught by a flashlight and quickly arrested. Luckily, however, the police must have assumed that their captive was alone for they made no attempt to look for other people.
Perhaps ironically, any concern about being arrested was not so much out of fear for having done anything wrong or illegal, but because the seance would be misunderstood and such … misunderstandings … might attract adverse publicity to the investigation and the Society. ~ David Farrant
|Publisher||British Psychic & Occult Society|
|Date of Publication||01/01/1997|
|Genre||The Occult & Mythology|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Country of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Imprint||British Psychic & Occult Society|
|Content Note||20 illustrations|
|Edition Statement||3rd Revised edition|
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