At Night at the Vulcan Hotel

I thought I’d share this here. It’s a chapter from my Haunted New Zealand Roadtrip book on an intriguing old histoical Pub / Hotel down in the stunning Central Otago region. We slowly crawled along the gravel road that passes through this “sprawling metropolis” – about five small historical houses, a post office and a… Continue reading At Night at the Vulcan Hotel

Dalquharran Castle – South Ayrshire, Scotland

Had this location recommended to me by a local fellow explorer mate, thanks Robert! Overlooking the Water of Girvan in South Ayrshire, Scotland, Dalquharran Castle was designed by Robert Adam, the architect responsible for the building of nearby Culzean Castle (refer to my recent Culzean Caves post). Work was completed in 1790. Despite enormous investment… Continue reading Dalquharran Castle – South Ayrshire, Scotland

Boleskine House – Inverness, Scotland

Probably the most notable (or notorious) building along the south side of Loch Ness lies, half hidden behind the trees, approximately midway between Foyers and Inverfarigaig. This is Boleskine House. I spent two consecutive investigation visits within this abandoned burnt out shell. Two hours at dusk one night and three hours a little earlier the… Continue reading Boleskine House – Inverness, Scotland

Christchurch Cathedral – June 2017

Christchurch Cathedral was built between 1864 and 1904.   It was once an icon of the city of Christchurch and stood proudly in the centre of the bustling and popular Cathedral Square.   The building stands today as a devastated, unkempt unofficial monument of the horrifically devastating earthquake of February 2011.   The Anglican Church de-consecrated the cathedral… Continue reading Christchurch Cathedral – June 2017

Brunner Mine Site – West Coast, South Island

Location Brunner Mine was a coalmine on the banks of the Grey River in an area known as Coal Gorge which is between the towns of Taylorsville and Stillwater and is an 11 km drive from Greymouth. Coal was discovered on the West Coast by Nelson surveyor Thomas Brunner while searching for land suitable for agriculture.… Continue reading Brunner Mine Site – West Coast, South Island

The Borley Hauntings

Photo by Lisa Ward [Haunted Auckland]

The little village of Borley is located in a very pretty but sparsely populated area of North Essex and just a few miles away from the Suffolk border where I grew up. At one time the Borley Rectory was considered the most haunted house in England. As a small child I became fascinated with the… Continue reading The Borley Hauntings

Getting Hairy with Rex Gilroy

Rex Gilroy, Director of the Australian Yowie Research Centre, Katoomba, NSW studying the Wadbilliga Dryopithecine fossil footprint. It is yet one more piece of evidence of an Australian primate presence in Pleistocene times and earlier. Photo copyright © Rex Gilroy 2013

I first heard about Rex Gilroy as a child. Perhaps about 1980, or thereabouts. I was a budding young cryptozoologist / paranormal researcher that would spend my time reading up every book or article I could find on the subjects. I also collected newspaper clippings. In my collection I have clippings that mention Rex Gilroy.… Continue reading Getting Hairy with Rex Gilroy

Kaniakapupu Palace ruins, Nuʻuanu Pali and Manoa exploration – Oahu, Hawaii.

I met up with some Hawaiian paranormalist friends riding under the name Hawaiian Hauntings whilst on a trip to the U.S in November 2014. Together we headed out until well after 2am, into the dark, muggy and drizzly night to explore some historical and spiritual landmarks that have had more than their share of ghost… Continue reading Kaniakapupu Palace ruins, Nuʻuanu Pali and Manoa exploration – Oahu, Hawaii.

St Bathans Old School Ruins

At the end of Cross Street situated beside St Patrick’s church are the old school ruins.  These hauntingly beautiful remains serve as a picturesque and poignant memorial to the generations of children who once lived in the town. At its peak the school roll reached 40 pupils (sometimes being taught in relays to conserve space),… Continue reading St Bathans Old School Ruins

Cock Lane ghost

The Cock Lane ghost was a purported haunting that attracted mass public attention in 1762. The location was an apartment in Cock Lane, a short road adjacent to London’s Smithfield market and a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. The event centred on three people: William Kent, a usurer from Norfolk, Richard Parsons, a… Continue reading Cock Lane ghost

The Ghost Nun of Borley Rectory

Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion that gained fame as “the most haunted house in England”. Built in 1862 to house the rector of the parish of Borley, Essex and his family, it was badly damaged by fire in 1939 and demolished in 1944. The large Gothic-style rectory in the village of Borley had been… Continue reading The Ghost Nun of Borley Rectory

Secular Sacred Sites and Ghost Hunting

It is not hard to find sacred religious sites; churches, synagogues, shrines, mosques, and other such places dot the landscape, offering a place for followers of one religious faith or another to join with others and worship. There are many non-religious sacred places as well, such as those for New Agers who flock to the… Continue reading Secular Sacred Sites and Ghost Hunting

Ghost Apps: Fun or Fraud?

The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” couldn’t be more appropriate way to start this article. The subject alone is enough to make anyone serious about paranormal research pull their hair out. Ghost apps. How are they fooling the masses? Especially “educated paranormal researchers”??  Makes you wonder,  right?… Continue reading Ghost Apps: Fun or Fraud?

The Pink Lady of Greencastle

Guy Winters is a man who had had few paranormal experiences in his life. That is until one fateful evening when a few of his friends rocked up at his house and convinced him to go ‘spooking’…. His friends had just been to the ruin of the O’Hare Mansion in Greencastle Indiana, and had had… Continue reading The Pink Lady of Greencastle

Mahurangi Cement Works – Warkworth

History The Mahurangi Cement Works (near Warkworth) saw New Zealand’s first manufacturing of Portland cement in the 1880s. The founder of New Zealand’s cement industry, Nathaniel Wilson (1836-1919), emigrated from Glasgow with his family when he was 6 years old. Nathaniel initially trained as a shoemaker, but in 1864 he purchased a small piece of… Continue reading Mahurangi Cement Works – Warkworth

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

  Larnach Castle (also referred to as “Larnach’s Castle”), is an imposing mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin, close to the small settlement of Pukehiki. It is one of a few houses of this scale in New Zealand. The house and its grounds are regularly… Continue reading Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Garth Homestead – Misery and Death

Garth Homestead, in the Fingal Valley, Tasmania, is known not for the fear it puts into those who visit after dark, but rather the terror. It is a rare occasion indeed, for a paranormal investigator to last a full night. From a rejected mans suicide, to a drowned girl and her nanny, Garth has it… Continue reading Garth Homestead – Misery and Death

Incident at Aztec

Did a UFO crash to Earth in the New Mexico desert in 1948? Did the US military recover charred alien corpses from the site and cover up the incident? Nick Redfern uncovers the FBI’s involvement in the case and finds that, more than 50 years later, the Aztec UFO affair is anything but a closed… Continue reading Incident at Aztec

I thought I saw a Terror Saur! – Do Prehistoric flying reptiles still exist?

Are there living pterosaurs in Zambia’s swamplands? Those iconic winged reptiles of prehistory known as the pterosaurs died out alongside the last dinosaurs over 60 million years ago…didn’t they? Most mainstream zoologists would say that they did. Then again, most mainstream zoologists have probably never heard of the kongamato, the ropen, the duah, or a… Continue reading I thought I saw a Terror Saur! – Do Prehistoric flying reptiles still exist?

Mokele-mbembe

Mokèlé-mbèmbé, meaning “one who stops the flow of rivers” in the Lingala language is a legendary water-dwelling creature of Congo River basin folklore, sometimes described as living creature, sometimes as a spirit, and loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture. It is claimed to be a sauropod by some cryptozoologists. Expeditions mounted… Continue reading Mokele-mbembe