March 2016

London Ghosts – Some Differing Perspectives

Hello all,

My dear friend Redmond McWilliams, Founder of the Highgate Cemetery Vampire Appreciation Society, was invited to appear as a guest on North London Paranormal Investigations (NLPI)’s recently revived Friday paranormal radio show, presented by Mickey Gocool.

The show was part 2 of a series based around London ghost stories, and people’s knowledge or experiences of these.

Redmond was asked, in particular, about his knowledge of the infamous ‘Highgate Vampire’, and his story is interesting to say the least.  It is the story of a man who has researched the case for many years: indeed, it is one of the main subjects debated on his HCVAS Facebook group, on an on-going basis.

Among the topics discussed were the many sightings of darkly garbed black figures around the perimeter of Highgate Cemetery West (including Swains Lane and Waterlow Park), and the eternal tension between the ghost and vampire theories which attempt to explain paranormal experiences in the area.

You can listen to the show in the archives here.

David Farrant

Forbidden History – Blood Lust!

Jamie Theakston

As some of you already know via Facebook (and perhaps from watching old fashioned ‘television’!)  I was recently asked by producer and director Bruce Burgess to take part in an episode of the popular series Forbidden History, which went out on Friday and Saturday last week on the Yesterday channel (available on Sky and Virgin).

David Farrant Forbidden History

The show was presented by Jamie Theakston, and Jamie and the crew spent several hours holed up in my front room asking me all manner of questions about – you’ve guessed it – the Highgate ‘bloody’ vampire.  It was a good interview though, I must admit.  Other contributors to the show include my old friends the Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe who I was first in contact with some years back whilst he was researching his book “The Worlds most Mysterious Places” (1999), and Andrew Gough, who has previously interviewed me for his website Arcadia (that interview generated a LOT of comments 😉 )

David Farrant Forbidden History 2

Fortunately for fans of the Highgate ‘vampire’ saga who, like me, do not own a television set, the show is available to view online at:

The full title is:


Enjoy!  And do feel free to leave feedback below.

For now,

David  (Farrant)