November 2007

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

It’s been quiet again everyone. Sorry to sound ‘boring’ but things – external things anyway – really have been quiet. As a matter of fact, I prefer it that way. But having said that, book work has not been ‘quiet’ – well I guess that couldn’t really be!

Gareth is here, and so I’ve had to explain that bloody ‘shaving brush episode’ to him. Well, I didn’t have to, but it is so trivial that I don’t really mind. I’ve shown him what’s been written. He’s had a good laugh about it, and will be sending the bill shortly!

It’s only trivial, I suppose, but what really amazes me is how some people can attempt to make trivial things into something they’re not.

Maybe it’s because some people just lead such sad lives, and only trivial events keep them going? I don’t know. But it certainly seems like that sometimes!

There has been a lot of activity on You Tube currently – as some of you will have gathered – but none of it has been lost and it has all been filed.

I will only say, can you imagining the mentality of some people trying to create ‘scandals’ out of virtually nothing?! That’s almost sick in itself, but maybe – to them – it helps to compensate for their own drab lives. Just wish they’d stop involving me in them, that’s all.

What else good people? Well not much really. But I’m ‘scared’, you know; not of human beings, but about relationships. That might sound like a ‘contradiction, I know (as human beings surely make up relationships); but that’s not what I meant.

I am personally not in the least concerned about ‘material life’; only that I am with the feelings of people.

What do I mean? Never mind; it doesn’t really matter! I will fight man and beast with little concern. But sometimes when it comes to the feelings of others, that just confuses me a little more.

I am going to keep this short as Gareth is here. Then I’ve got more to do on the books after.

I think I’ll have a day off tomorrow from writing here (except replies) but fear not, I will be back on Sunday!

I except you could all use a break anyway!

So for the moment,


Mostly Quiet

I’m really not going to post much today. Just don’t feel like it really. Nothing much has happened in this short space of 24 hours, anyway, so nothing really interesting to say.

I did get an uninvited response to my Blog yesterday. When I had not even mentioned the person responsible for making this. I was talking about someone else entirely; but that seemed enough to promote half a page of venom elsewhere! I guess the answer with some people is, ‘if the cap fits, wear it’ . . . think there’s a lot of truth in that old expression..

I had a long talk with a friend last night. I was a bit uncertain about certain things, and we spoke for quite a long time. The person is a close friend, and I think they knew exactly what I was trying to convey. Its nice when you can speak to people sometimes; especially when you know they understand what you’re trying to say. That doesn’t happen often; at least with me! I confided in the person over my deep fears over a relationship. That’s all I need to say here!

Apart from that, things are mostly quiet. Well, the important things, anyway.

For the moment,


Fantasy Worlds

Been keeping very late nights quite recently trying to get the books done. Its quite time-consuming really as its not just ‘straight writing’, I have to copy stuff from discs into the text which can be quite tedious; especially with so many discs to work from, and add to that my filing system. But its useful in a way because in the process of finding and checking disc material, I come across other material that I want to include.

For example, yesterday some very interesting material written by someone else about the Highgate case and their involvement in it and their thoughts about some of the claims made about it by other people. (Me being one of them!). All good stuff, especially as the person claims that all this material was personally researched by themselves. Admittedly, the material is a year or so old, but in a way that’s even better as it clearly demonstrates their independent views at the time. And its interesting to contrast these with present day ‘changes of mind’ about ‘vampires’ and the somewhat ridiculous stories surrounding the alleged existence of these.

I was really a little tired yesterday. Trying to concentrate on books and then being distracted by silly posts elsewhere, can be a little ’tiring’. Better not to write at all really if you really just don’t feel like it, so I don’t really know why I’m even writing this! Still, I did meet someone really special recently, so maybe that makes up for it a little.

I have decided to say precious little about that here, but I’m sure some people realise she really does mean a lot to me – probably even some people here do as well even from the little I’ve said. It really makes such a God almighty change to realise that there are some people who are genuinely not out to use you or harm you. I don’t know what’s going to happen; but at least I know it won’t be anything like that.

It really is getting a little cold and miserable now, and January and February haven’t even arrived yet! Doesn’t really make that much difference, I suppose, but it just makes it a little more difficult to go out.

Thanks to the people who emailed about my “Ghosts, London” ghost story. I quite enjoyed it myself because it was a simple ‘gentle one’; no exaggeration on the part of the lady concerned; she just wanted to know what was happening, if there was really a ghost in her house or if it was just ‘creaking floor-boards’!

I looked at the YouTube vampire clip again, and quite honestly, I’ve never seen anything quite so funny! It was mainly ‘funny’ because it was meant to be serious! Thank God most people don’t accept that sort of rubbish, is all I can say! There’s always a tiny minority, of course, but that really remains their problem. (And anybody who does literally believe in, or even supports the existence of, ’real vampires’ must themselves have a real problem!).

Vampires simply do not exist. Their only place (if any) is confined to the realms of fiction. And fiction is only really made up of imaginings in the human mind. Dreams, in other words, that have no substance in reality.

Some people are just trapped in their own dreams, I suppose. And just live in a fantasy world.

I like to think that at least I’m not. I’ve been accused of many things, but I think that so long as you stick to the truth – I mean, the real truth – you can never go far wrong. Seeing ourselves with open eyes is sometimes very hard to do. People so often tend to hide behind false illusions or ideas. Human nature, I guess. You can’t really blame anybody.

The only tragic thing, is when we can’t admit this to ourselves.

For now,


A Long Moment

Just a quick post today, everyone. Well, I did warn you! I really do have to cut down my posting time. If otherwise, to stop myself being forced to be distracted from what I am doing, which is working to a deadline to get the two books completed.

But to be fair, I will tell you basically how those are going.

The first one is not so much a problem, as its already been written. But new linking chapters to be added plus some new photographs (well, I say ‘new’, I mean perhaps some old previously black and white one’s of Highgate and Highgate Cemetery, etc.).

The other one has been more work as it involves writing material completely afresh; but there is enough of that to hand. I am putting a long chapter into this called “Pact with the Devil” which will be illustrated and contain documentation (official documentation) to support the text. This will include signed statements made by people who either claimed to have known certain people, or to have actually been involved with other people claiming a direct involvement in the Highgate case. It is all solid material, and it will be published as such. It has to be really as the record really must be set straight.

Well, I guess it really wouldn’t matter so much, if false statements hadn’t been put on record. But they have been, to one motivation or another, and facts seen to be of public importance must be seen to be accurate in every sense of the word!

That’s really enough of that at the moment. But only for the moment!

What else. Well, I actually kissed her today. Not just a gentle kiss on the forehead or cheek, but a real one. It was so more important because she responded. I was typically embarrassed maybe, but she just held me and clutched me tight as if telling me not to be. But I was embarrassed.. No. Not so much that, but I was genuinely worried if she might, well, if I hadn’t kissed her correctly. It only lasted for two minutes or so, but during that time (which seemed ages longer) I felt a complete sense of fulfilment. I couldn’t see her face properly, but I didn’t have to. I could see her deep eyes quite clearly, though, which is why I kissed her. There was absolutely nothing more than that. Sexual feelings didn’t even come into it. Or if they arose at all they were purely secondary. So secondary, in fact, that just the kiss was far more important. Sometimes sex doesn’t really even matter. There is much more beauty in the kiss (a real kiss) than you could ever find in sex, or sexual attraction.

So, that happened. And please, nobody ask me more about that. Its just one of those things that I don’t want to answer questions about because its too personal. Although no doubt I will tell you more when I’m ready. I guess you are expected to answer personal questions on a Blog sometimes, but you won’t get any more answers to that!

For the moment though


‘Hidden’ Sundays

Well, its Sunday again! I know I said I’m now too busy to post every day (and I am to be honest), but I happen to have one ‘relatively free’ day today after nearly a week’s ‘location project’. I explained all that yesterday (at least, as much as I’m going to at the moment) but its really nice to have nothing to do for a change.

Whenever I mention religion on a Sunday, it appears to make just a few people get ’ultra paranoid’ and start declaring that I am being ’anti-Christian’, or some such nonsense. I guess the real reason is that as I was once involved in Wicca (white witchcraft) and have written books and articles about this (not to mention given radio and TV interviews on the subject), I should just not be allowed to even mention Christianity! Even though when I have done so, I have always applied this in a general sense and not criticised any particular Church or religious denomination. I really have not. And I would defy anybody to point any place where I have done so. They would not be able to.

I HAVE ‘attacked’ what I have termed ‘man-made’ Christianity, sure; but this has not been any ‘attack’ on genuine Christianity itself – rather on some people who choose to misrepresent its true values. What values? Those principles laid down by the original founder of that Church itself, Christ Jesus, who stated quite clearly when asked by some scribe out to ‘trick him’, that the Commandants handed down to the Jews by Moses were of insignificance to the essential two He was about to declare: He said that far more important than any of these written Commandments was the need to first ‘Love God and thy Neighbour as Thyself’; and that “There are no other Commandments greater than these”.

In my various writings, I have absolutely agreed with this, and even pointed out that if people really kept to these two basic Commandments, there would be no need for any of the others.

For example, if you REALLY loved God and your neighbour as thyself, how could you possibly kill or injure them? Or steal from them? Or bear false witness against them? Or lie about them? It simply couldn’t happen, could it?

Of course, it does happen, and happens all the time in this far from perfect world. But surely it only happens at all because people are mostly governed by human nature; which is often far-removed from that Divine Principle, or God.

I am not an angel, but personally, I have never professed to be. Neither do I expect people to abide by this high level of true Christianity sometimes. But people accept this in different degrees, and often many people do try to adhere to such basic Christian principles.

Lets face it, there are some good Christians ‘out there’, who are very kind and decent people who are inspired by the laws of God and try to be faithful to these. They try and help others and have a genuine interest and try to genuinely help their fellow men (and women, I mustn’t forget to add, lest I be accused of being a ‘male chauvinist’!). No. There are indeed some very decent Christians ‘out there’, and I’m not trying to imply otherwise.

A very devout Christian gentleman is presently trying to help me (of all people!), and doing so simply because he is a decent Christian person, but he has not used a ’cloak of ’Christianity’ to either shun me or ’attack’ me). THAT to me represents true Christianity; without threats of ’you will go to hell’ or ’purgatory’ if you don’t ‘accept what I say’!

Can you really imagine such a negative mentality?! In other words, a very non-Christian judging you on their own particular terms, and then personally ‘condemning your soul to Hell’?!

Well, that’s all I meant really, nothing more than that! I was only saying, that such an attitude as or when this occurred was only really accountable to that Divine Principle – or God – but it was nothing to do with myself.

I have said here before quite clearly, that that Divine Principle (God) never condemns anybody to hell. Only human beings are capable of making that judgement upon other human beings.

In Reality, God has nothing to do with this. In that respect, ‘hell’ is only of human making. But in Reality, it has nothing to do with God.

For now,


Holiday Break

I have been away for a couple of days. Sorry everyone, but it was not expected. I was just not here! That’s all! so did not have access to the computer.

Where did I go? Now, wouldn’t you all like to know!

I’ll bet! Well, I can tell you this much . . . I was in a hotel not that far away. Where? It was near Maidstone actually. What was it like? Very comfortable, with 2 meals a day; breakfast and dinner. Well, full breakfast was available but I couldn’t eat this and just had tea and toast. But full evening meal (with a choice) which I could manage after a fairly long day. After that, there was nothing really to do. But there was a comfortable bar which was better than just retiring to the room and watching colour TV.

So what was I doing? Just a holiday everyone – maybe a ’working holiday’, but still basically a holiday-break.

Probably tell you all a bit more later; but at the moment it must just remain a ‘secret holiday’! Well, why not?! I am allowed some secrets, surely?!

But the schedule of the last few days, has made me realise just how busy things can be sometimes.

In other words, what I am trying to say is, not sure I can keep posting here on a daily basis.

I WILL keep posting, as it is my Blog! But ‘everyday posts’ may prove a little difficult at this moment in time. Certain books are reaching deadlines, among other things. And there are more . . .

But please keep posting your questions here (or by private email). Your questions WILL all be answered – even difficult one’s from you Cat!

For the moment,


Good News

Good News.  A new book with a chapter about the Highgate ‘vampire’ (and myself, of course!) has just appeared on Amazon.

I’ll give details next time as I don’t have my advance copy to hand, and quite literally cannot remember the ISBN.

 You see, I am not the only one writing books!  And I guess this is just further proof of the ongoing interest in the case. 

My own book is coming along well though; but I’ll write more about that tomorrow.  I know we ‘witches’ are supposed to have supernatural powers, but even we get tired sometimes!

So for the moment,


Ghosts London

Monday again.  This week seems to have gone so quickly; but then a lot has happened.

Sometimes I just feel like jumping on a train and going away for a couple of days.  I probably would if it was Summer – or at least a little warmer.  Not so easy now though with my back problem; I mean, gone are the days where I could run around easily or go jumping over walls!  I am by no means a ‘cripple’, but I am just forced to take it somewhat easy (which suits me anyway!).

I’m going to be a little lazy again, and instead of writing much I’ll just give you another unpublished ghost story.  Its a true one in fact (like they all are) and the lady in question gave me permission to publish her account some time ago.  It happened in North London, and I have simply titled it “Ghosts, London”.  Here it is . . .



By David Farrant, President,

British Psychic & Occult Society

A RATHER GENTLE GHOST STORY comes from a lady who lives in Bush Hill Park, North London; although at her request she is referred to here only by her first name, Jean.

Her story concerns some strange occurrences at her house – a large Edwardian house in Queen’s Anne Grove which was built in 1913 – and is ‘gentle’ because its ghost is neither frightening nor malign.

In fact, Jean moved into the house in 1980 with her husband and two young children – a baby girl of six months and a little boy aged two – following a family who had lived there for four years. During their tenancy the previous owners had done a certain amount of work to the house, but although the ground floor was nicely decorated, much less attention had been given to the rest of the house; in particular, to the first floor. Here, two bedrooms overlooking the rear had been roughly artexed with their walls painted over, and a small box room at the front bore rather undistinguished wallpaper, but the largest bedroom – the master bedroom – lay with stripped walls, with a yellowing ceiling that appeared to suggest that it had been left in a general state of neglect and disrepair. Jean thought this was unusual – if not somewhat uncanny – because the main bedroom would not have been expected to have been left in such a state.

But, after moving in, the house was gradually improved and eventually, the master bedroom was completely redecorated.

During this period, after having initially moved into the house, Jean’s husband was kept very busy at work and sometimes did not arrive home until late in the evening. Alone in the house, apart from the children, (and by this time they were usually asleep), Jean soon discovered that it was a common occurrence to hear the sound of ‘somebody’ moving on the stairs; also the sound of distinct footsteps ‘walking’ across the first floor landing. Invariably, when she went out to look, the sounds abruptly stopped and subsequent investigation revealed no possible cause for the sounds; certainly the lack of any human agency.

In fact, these ‘footsteps’ occurred with increasing regularity, and although by this time she was not really afraid (there was a lack of any ‘hostile atmosphere’ accompanying the sounds, for example, that might have otherwise suggested that they could pose any possible threat), Jean was more intrigued to discover any explanation that could explain their causation.

When eventually, she mentioned the matter to her husband, he was less inclined to accept that there could be any ‘supernatural explanation’ for these persistent sounds; indeed, he pointed out that the house was old and would be prone to such noises, and apart from this, as the house was semi-detached, Jean could well have been hearing the movements of the people next door.

Such an observation, of course, was not beyond the realms of possibility, but did little to explain why the sounds always stopped abruptly when Jean went out to investigate; or indeed, why they occurred regularly in the same places with such timed persistency.

But accepting this as perhaps being the only possible explanation, Jean gradually lost interest in these nocturnal footsteps; at least, she tended to ignore them accepting that the whole thing had some logical explanation and should not be allowed to interfere with her normal family life.

Indeed, things eventually ‘returned to normal’ in the household … the strange sounds not abating but being accepted as a ‘part of everyday life’.

Then, one day in 1987, Jean was surprised at the door by a visit from a pleasant old lady who explained that, when young, she had been a frequent visitor to the house.

She explained that she used to visit some elderly relatives who lived there, and went on to say that she was only visiting the area that day and was anxious to once again see the house. In fact, it transpired that she knew the place well, and could even identify many features in the garden where she recalled she’d spent many happy hours playing as a child.

Her curiosity aroused, Jean asked this lady about some of the house’s history, and was informed that, at the time, one of her relatives had become ill there – eventually becoming bedridden – and it had been necessary to employ a live-in nurse to look after an old lady who needed constant care and attention; the room in which she’d been confined being the master bedroom. But as this old lady was very demanding, she needed her nurse constantly, and her poor companion would frequently called from her bed to attend her.

Following this encounter, Jean told the author … “I then understood that these were the movements that I had heard; the companion coming to and fro along the landing attending the old lady.”

“Our neighbour opposite confirms that elderly people did occupy the house until it was brought by our predecessors. Maybe they felt stronger manifestations of whatever was happening; maybe that’s why they hadn’t decorated the master bedroom; perhaps that’s why they only stayed in the house for four years …”

Such an observation could indeed be true. Many old houses are capable of harbouring or ‘storing’ psychic energy which, in turn, is capable of ‘trapping’ poignant sounds or emotions of the living (even images of the living) and transmitting these far into the future; at least, as long as a specific environment remains intact.

This is not to imply, of course, that all forms of psychic activity are just ‘dead’ or unintelligent mental impressions or vibrations that have somehow been ‘caught’ in the atmosphere to be picked up at some future dates by unsuspecting people (though when this commonly happens, such transmissions – in the form of sound, visual effects or feelings – are invariably interpreted as ‘ghosts’); but I would venture to suggest, without expounding on other existent forms of psychic activity, that certainly a large proportion of alleged ghostly phenomena can be safely placed under such a category.

© David Farrant 2004

More Work Later

Its Sunday, again, but I think I’ll avoid being too philosophical about life and religion today. Becomes a habit! But I have been writing about this since 1982, so it should really otherwise come as nothing new!

I was tempted to phone somebody today. But I didn’t. Just in one of those lazy moods again, I suppose. Well, you can’t blame me after all the hours I’ve spent writing recently. That really does require a great deal of mental work and effort; not like here where it doesn’t matter that much what I say. In a way, that almost relaxing to be able to do that. Not having to look up endless references, then cross reference them, etc.

Having said that, what else ‘boring’ can I tell you?!

Looking around, I see the usual negativity and gross distortions are still flying about. No, I’m not going onto religion, but its almost awesome to see how many of these are made by supposedly devoted Christians! If such people only looked in the mirror sometimes while they were writing such attacks upon others, they would see that they are really talking to themselves. Ironically, nobody else is really listening. Or if they are, it is to witness such people in such a sorry plight!

It was really damp and cold yesterday, as I said, and not much better today. Still, I won’t go on about the weather, but I feel so much more relaxed when its warmer.

I see my Cat seems to have ‘slunk off’ again into the night. But its probably doing its nightly rounds in search of females! It’s a randy old thing, to be sure! Though sometimes it has the audacity to take time off and lecture me here!

What else? My ‘Babs the Witch’ statue is still in the cupboard, and if it lasts another year until next Halloween, it should consider itself lucky! I don’t really want to look at it again to have to describe it; but its got this manufactured moulded-on grey hair. Its really impossible to improve itl But I suppose you could always put some ‘Grecian 200, 000, 000 on its hair! But then again, as its only a statuette, that wouldn’t really make any difference, I suppose. Unless you actually dyed it . . . Now there’s a thought!

Back to work this evening. Just surprised how many pages I’ve done on the books so far. All good stuff though, according to some of the people I’ve given pages to, to proof-read.

And then? Well I might just open another bottle of wine to help me relax! Who knows?!

But for now,


More Ghost Cases To Come

Nothing really much happened today. As I’ve said, I usually try to avoid the noise of Saturdays. Only really go out if I have to. No exception today, actually; had to walk out to get some things.

Well, part of the main section of the book is finished now. I can’t say too much about it (us author’s never do!), but it is a classic real life example of love and betrayal, ‘revenge’ arising from that betrayal and the reunification with evil, on the part of some victims who had become involved with evil Cults or personages, but had somehow not managed to break free of them.

The book portrays the dangers of such evil influences, and gives examples of them. Other than that, you’ll just have to wait and see! The book hasn’t taken long to write. I guess I have been helped by the fact that not research has been necessary. There are examples in everyday life all around you! But its not quite finished yet; There are some more contributions to add to it.

Somebody emailed earlier to ask about some other Internet postings – or rather ‘paper interest’ about this one posting. I just had to laugh as these had only really originated from one person living on Bournemouth, who must have stayed up a couple of nights and days to generate a false impression that anybody else was even bothering to look! Sad really to see the lengths some people will go to, to give false impressions. But advertising companies do this all the time in order to sell their own propaganda. The sad thing really is, when other people just can’t see through it!

I told the person who asked me, that I generally ignore such things as people are entitled to their own opinions – but only if these are genuine opinions. But I stressed that if such opinions were not genuine (ie invented by just one person purporting to represent many) that would not be genuine and in such circumstances, I would certainly do something about that if it applied to myself personally. Well, I think anybody would do, don’t you?!

One other phone call from a distant land. It was unexpected, but I was nevertheless pleased to hear from her.

Walking back down the hill today, I had to be a little careful of the wet leaves. (it was raining quite heavily yesterday), so walked extra carefully. It was very damp and semi foggy outside.

It was nice to get back in, anyway. Some tea. Then some beer to look forward to this evening! Though come to think of it, might open some wine instead, as it’s a bit too cold for beer.

I might have mentioned this, but searching through material for the book (both filed paper copies and Internet discs), I have ‘re-found’ a lot of ‘ghost cases’ that I had forgotten about – well not forgotten the cases, but just not realised I had written many of these up.

I will probably put a few of these up here as I go along, as people keep asking me for more ghost stories. The cases on disc will obviously be easier, but the paper copies will obviously have to be re-typed for posting so will take a little longer. (That ‘Dowdsman’ case from way back, for example, was all on paper and had to be re-typed – took ages!).

Anyway, more ‘ghost cases’ to come, and please do continue to comment on them if you want to.

Back to the book again soon,