Tag Archives: Sheffield

Britain’s X-traordinary Files

My latest book opens The National Archives’ own ‘X-files’ to shine a spotlight on many formerly secret official accounts of uncanny phenomena and other unsolved historical mysteries. From mediums employed by the police to help with psychic crime-busting to sea … Continue reading

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Haunted by the Past

Do ghosts exist? Author David Clarke talks to Steven McClarence of The Yorkshire Post about things that go bump in the night. Three days before Christmas in 1855, a ghost story brought Charles Dickens to Sheffield. The 43-year-old author, brimming … Continue reading

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Scared to Death – book launch

Who was Spring-heeled Jack, the agile bogeyman that terrorised Sheffield and escaped pursuers by making gigantic leaps? What were the eerie sounds in the sky known as the Gabriel Hounds? And why did people believe the ghost of a ‘white lady’ … Continue reading

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Sheffield’s spring-heeled legend

It’s Hallowe’en and time for me to tell a ghost story that is rapidly becoming Sheffield’s best known supernatural legend – the Park Ghost or Spring-heeled Jack. Last week I was surprised to find my account of the ghost’s pranks … Continue reading

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Dark River and Sheffield Spooks

The nights are drawing in, Hallowe’en is approaching and traditionally this is the time for all things supernatural. Sheffield has a rich folklore of ghost stories and superstitions and this autumn Steel City will play host to a range of … Continue reading

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Spring-heeled Jack is back

2012 is shaping up as a leap year in more ways than one. Back in February I posted news of the return of the Victorian bogeyman Spring-heeled Jack. A mysterious leaping figure scared a family as it vaulted over the … Continue reading

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Mystery Booms

It’s a familiar story. Police and emergency services inundated with phone calls from concerned members of the public who have heard or seen something unfamiliar in the sky. Last month it was a spectacular fireball meteor.  This month it was … Continue reading

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