The Long Awaited Film “Tulpa”

I am pleased to announce that the long awaited film “Tulpa” on the Highgate Vampire case and my major part in it in the 1970’s, has now been completed.  Filmed by the Sycamore Brothers, Max and Bart, and based significantly on my autobiography “David Farrant – In the Shadow of the Highgate Vampire” released in 2009,  this 8-part docu –drama shows exclusive scenes from my childhood and later travels around Europe in the 1960’s,  including my introduction to the mystical religion in 1963.  It goes on to deal with my investigation into the infamous Highgate ‘vampire’ case of the 1970s,  and conflicts with the police and courts which this entailed.  It also records interviews with witnesses involved in the original investigation and demonstrates the way the tabloid press and television influenced public opinion (or inflated this) about the practices of Wicca, Satanism and black magic.

The film tries to condense all these attributes that are connected  with the paranormal and psychic research, but at the same time,  attempts to portray these from a ‘human point of view’ as opposed to general misinterpretation and media sensationalism.

I was especially interested in the way Max and his brother reconstructed scenes relating to the Highgate vampire episode; especially scenes where ‘I’ was arrested   in Highgate Cemetery in 1970 for ‘hunting a vampire’.

Jamie Sims played the arresting officer; Sean Howard the DS/C who interrogated  me at the police station, and Nicholas Wood the ‘unfortunate person’ (i.e. myself) said to be ‘hunting a vampire’.

Patsy Langley, author of  “The Highgate Vampire Casebook”, made a convincing interviewee on the film giving her expertise on the BPOS investigation; as did Gareth Medway, an author who exposed the activities of alleged ‘Satanists’ in his best selling book “Lure of the Sinister”.  The 1960s ‘Witchcraft craze’ was also referred to in the film, in conjunction with the tendency that some people exhibited in trying to exploit this for their own ends.

Hope you enjoy Part 1 and screencaps from the forthcoming webisodes below.

That’s all for now everyone,

David (Farrant)

© Max and Bart Sycamore 2013

 

© Max and Bart Sycamore 2013

 

© Max and Bart Sycamore 2013

 

© Max and Bart Sycamore 2013

 

 

 

Farrant’s Goose will be Cooked for Christmas

 Well, we seem to be getting closer and closer to the ‘dreaded Christmas period!’.  Please don’t get me wrong.  I am not just ‘anti-Christmas’ in any religious sense – just the material or secular sense into which this has been turned into.  A period of mass commercialism and profit,  gaudy advertising which now starts some three months before it is even due; crowds of people bustling on pavements and queuing in shops, and, everywhere you look, an ‘atmosphere’ which you are forced to breathe that is charged with some sort of ‘Christmas spirit’!  There is no escaping it, it is almost ‘hypnotic’ – well, for most people anyway.  Even sitting indoors, we are swamped with it!  Via the Internet and television (I am lucky, at least as I don’t have a television), or Christmas cards from people you hardly know, or at least, you only ever hear from  approaching the ‘dreaded dat

Della wanted to get a Christmas tree this year.  I said ‘no’.  She promptly reported me to friends and acquaintances on the Internet (only in fun, I should add!) and I was immediately accused of being a ‘scrooge’ for my trouble (as no doubt I might be here!)… She seemed confused as we had had Christmas perks and decorations here some two years ago.  By ‘perks’ I mean’ mince pies, champagne, Xmas lights flickering around the room; cards displayed on shelves, and other silly decorations and tinsel.

 “We had them before”, she argued, “So why not again this year?”.

 “Because those were just for a ‘Christmas Special film”, I countered.  “It was only necessary for that film – they were props . . . it had to look authentic!”.

 That was really a lethal thing to say because – being a Catholic – Della had become used to all the usual Christmas trappings, and she seemed genuinely concerned  at me trying to explain that I simply didn’t want any around me!  I felt a bit mean then.  I have never intended  to mock peoples’ genuine sense of joy during the period,  but I was a bit ‘trapped’ into explaining why!  Without otherwise hurting someone’s feelings, that is.

 So, there are still two weeks left, and already, I have half given-in.  But I’ll definitely put my foot down if it comes to purchasing one of those mass slaughtered turkeys!  I don’t mind going back in time (Victorian time, I mean) when a goose was the standard traditional delicacy,  and if she could find one of them,  be nice to try that out for a change!  I shouldn’t relay have said that, as knowing her, she probably will!  Then I’ll have no choice but to eat it!  Then people could honestly say . . .  “Farrant’s Goose Will Be Cooked For Christmas!”

 On to less ‘Christmassy news’ now,  I am pleased to announce that my friend, Gareth Davies, that prolific radio presenter from “Mindset Central” based in Los Angeles, has just released an interview with myself about my involvement in the Highgate case which grasped world headlines at fever-pitch throughout the 1970’s (and beyond).

 The interview itself was very relaxed and informal (at least I like to think!), and did touch on the Highgate ‘vampire’ craze which was also exploited by the media in the 70’s.  But to save me summarizing it here,  it is on episode 76 on Mindset Central’s Para Talk so go enjoy the whole thing.

 I like talking with Gareth.   He is very laid back and relaxed, as is his co-presenter, Reeves Cook.  It does make a pleasant change  when people are not bombarding me with persistent questions about the ‘bloody Highgate vampire’, but take things a little more seriously!  Della has already been on his show discussing her new Website “Hidden Highgate” on October 22nd in Episode 70, and I know she feels the same way as well.

 So, back to the comparative peace of my humble existence . . . with Christmas looming upon us!For now everyone

 David  (Farrant).

 

The Triumph Of The Moon

Just a very short Blog to follow my last one, and to prove that I DO answer my fans and critics! I have received quite a few enquiries recently about Ronald Hutton’s book ‘The Triumph of the Moon’, in which he covered my 1974 Trial at the Old Bailey for ‘witchcraft offences’ for which I received four year imprisonment.

That is now history, but a lot of people apparently missed the text of the book (not so surprising really considering the price) and have been emailing me about it.  So, I reproduce the section which deals with my own involvement here. The text is really self-explanatory.

Incidentally I am pleased to inform you all that the author, in his professional capacity as a writer for Oxford University Press, saw fit to make his book a ‘Manchester-free zone’, presumably concluding that events in Highgate Cemetery in the 1970s were of far more relevance than any deviation to the grotty fictional stories originating from the Manchester era.

So do read on, and have fun!

David

The Triumph of the Moon

In the early 1970s, also, the nocturnal desecration of graveyards reached a spectacular climax, in events which have been made the subject of a full scholarly study by Bill Ellis.  After the spate of attacks on churchyards and churches in 1963-64, there was something of a lull, punctuated by incidents at Tottenham Park Cemetery, London, at Hallowe’en 1968, and at a burial ground at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in the following February, which press reports interpreted as evidence of ‘black magic’.  Thereafter, public attention began to focus upon a single site, the famous, sprawling, decaying, and overgrown Victorian cemetery of Highgate in North London.  From 1966 onwards this became a regular venue for groups of young people, holding parties and seeking entertainment.  One of these grew into a British Occult Society, the most prominent member of which was a youth with fragile blonde good looks and a taste for foreign au pair girls called David Farrant.  During the early 1970s he recklessly courted press publicity, playing up to his growing image as a witch, magician, and necromancer.  He also made enemies of the local police, most obviously with a stunt in which he sent voodoo dolls to detectives who had questioned one of his associates, warning them that he would use his magic against them if they repeated the offence.  In 1973 they charged him with arson after catching him holding a ‘Wiccan’ ceremony around a fire in a derelict house, only to see him acquitted by the jury.

            The following year they tried again, this time charging him with most of the increasingly spectacular and grisly japes with tombs and corpses which had been occurring at Highgate.  Farrant had always taken care in his statements to distinguish himself from Satanists, and now claimed that he was a Wiccan, concerned with doing good to living and dead and being accused of offences actually committed by devil—worshippers.    He faced a hostile judge, was pilloried in the press coverage, and had to reckon with a prominent writer on ritual magic, Francis King, who informed the court that a photograph of graffiti left on one tomb in the cemetery proved that a ritual had taken place there to restore life to a dead body.  Farrant was acquitted of the most serious charges but found guilty of a set of minor offences, and gaoled for four years.  He has always maintained his innocence, and Bill Ellis’s careful analysis of the case suggests that he be given the benefit of the doubt – although it also demonstrates that there is actually no evidence that real Satanists ever operated in Highgate, and that the damage there may all have been the result of adolescent misbehaviour.  It makes clear also how much Farrant brought his fate on himself – however unjust it may have been – by  playing up to the newspapers and provoking the police.  His trial remains the most sensational one involving a self-professed Wiccan in the alleged practice of the religion, and gave a very bad public impression of it . . . [from] national events such as the Farrant trial, and the broader cultural developments discussed above, it does seem that press coverage of witchcraft in Britain was distinctly harsher in the 1970s than it had been in the previous decade.

Professor Ronald Hutton,  The Triumph of the Moon, Oxfordshire University Press, 1991

 

 

More Personal One For a Change

(c) David Farrant 2013

Well the cold weather has finally come back again, and I think readers of this Blog will remember just how much I hate the cold.  Its mainly because of my back injury quite some years ago now which I believe I mentioned almost as many years ago now.  Can’t quite remember when it happened, but I believe it was around 2001.  It was caused by a slight fall at my home – well, in fact, quite a heavy fall as I succeeded in dislodging a vertebrae.  No.  I wasn’t ‘drunk’ (much as this may come a disappointment to a few of my critics!),  but slipped on some workmen’s tools left on the stairs.  Among other things, they were supposed to be fixing the lighting, but they had somehow managed to set the communal lightings setting down to a minimum, so instead of staying on for 4 minutes or so, the main lights went off after only about 15 seconds.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of this, and my descent on the rather steep stairs where I live (in a flat at the top of a house over-looking Highgate Woods) was suddenly ‘plunged into darkness’.  Result.  I missed the stairs and slipped on some tools which they had neglected to put away before leaving.  I twisted my ankle and fell on the base on my spine – which wasn’t exactly helped by a heavy bang to the head in the process.  There was no pain – at least, if there was, I didn’t feel any at the time.  In the morning my foot was badly swollen and it was impossible to put any weight on it without severe pain; which meant, of course, normal walking was made impossible until the natural healing process had taken its course.

At least, that’s what I thought at the time; maybe two or three weeks trapped in my flat with a total reliance on others to bring me in every necessity from food to luxuries like cigarettes and wine.

The latter, in fact, didn’t bother me so much, as I needed a rest during a busy period and quite relished the fact of catching up on a lot of writing while being to see friends at the same time.

But after only just one week, it seemed I was getting a premonition of complications that were to come into the future . . . My foot was healing up quickly,  but I noticed that something seemed to have ‘happened’ to my back.  I could no longer get into comfortable positions in bed, or even sitting at the computer,  and unwanted feelings of ‘dizziness’ became increasingly common which seemed to have no connection with my injured foot..  When I tried to walk (which I could almost do by this time),  I could no longer do so with normal speed, and if I tried to so, all sense of balance would go so there was a real danger of falling over.

I spoke to a friend of mine about this whom I’d met at a nearby tennis club where I socialized.  Being a doctor he could advise me ‘out of hours’,   and he concluded that there was nothing physically wrong with my foot (which by this time had returned to normal size and not even painful),  but that the dislodged vertebrae was the real problem (which could be felt to be physically out of place) which had somehow affected the nerve endings  that affected walking.  He advised me to go to my own doctor for confirmation and that she would probably refer me to a specialist who may advise that spinal ‘manipulation’ may be necessary – in other words, an operation.

Well, that really decided me in advance.  I already suspected that this might be the problem, and yet I had heard so many horrendous stories about people having spinal ‘treatment’, that I decided to just ‘put up with it’, rather than just complicating the problem.  After all, I reasoned, I was not in any physical pain (which was one major blessing), and it just meant adjusting my physical balance accordingly, although I also realised this would probably mean, I could never walk any faster.

By some quirk of Fate, I had become a ‘semi-invalid’ overnight (quite literally!),  but  (I reasoned, and still do!) it was the lesser of two evils just to accept this gracefully, rather than become a permanent one!  I knew there were many others far worse off than myself, and I only had the disadvantage of being restricted by speed , and I would just have to accept Life’s given proviso.

And I do!

I have no choice.  Yet I have adapted it to fit in with everyday life.  Not so difficult to do in private maybe, but it can become quite inconvenient at some Talks I give when its necessary to travel by busy roads or rail with crowds of people to meet and converse with at the end of it!  But even then, this may be a misnomer.  More than often I’m just seated comfortably in my flat with or without friends around me – but invariably enjoying the work or solitude with my wife Della.

Sorry for any delay in Blogging, everyone.  But I thought you at least might like a more personal one for a change!

David  (Farrant)

An Ancestor Choosing Love Over Money …

David, Nancy and Uwe (c) Della Farrant 2013

As I must have said here quite a few times recently, things have been so hectic (over Hallowe’en at least) that they have really curtailed my ability to do every day blog posts here. Anyway, enough of that, I have already explained that! Suffice to say, the ‘Hallowe’en rush’ with all its commitments now seems to be over.  So I hope to be able to write at a more leisurely pace again, and give you the somewhat more ‘boring’ accounts that go to make up my everyday life; and of course, that includes Della as well who has also been a part of this latest ‘humdrum’ of psychic and media activity.

Most of you will be aware that on Hallowe’en – exactly – Della officially launched her new website “Hidden Highgate”, which was accordingly reviewed and promoted in the Press, including North London’s Hampstead & Highgate Express. The Ham and High telephoned Della and requested an interview about her new site in advance of its imminent release. They wanted to know more about her involvement in local history, and strange phenomenon that had plagued Highgate so for long: which she had promised would be forthcoming on her new site. She had already given two radio interviews about this in the previous weeks (one on Para Talk Radio based in Los Angeles, and one for Mickey Gocool’s North London Paranormal Investigations) both of which had been very successful. But, as she is a ‘local girl’ the Ham and High wanted to have a more personal involvement with Della’s own research and motivations regarding the launching of her new Site. All fine so far, and a lot of people are visiting the site and sending emails as a result of the Ham and High coverage, so thanks, Ham and High! And thanks to your IT department, you know who you are ;-)

Another really unexpected development lately, when Nancy Kilpatrick, the well known Canadian folklorist and author from Montreal sent us an email to say that she would be in London for a couple of weeks, and would welcome the chance to visit if this could be fitted into her schedule.  In fact, I have met Nancy previously, in 1997, when she visited me at my home in Muswell Hill with fellow vampirology enthusiast Rob Brautigam. So needless to say, Della and I were more than happy to arrange to see Nancy and her companion Uwe again before she had to return to Canada and he to Germany.

Nancy as many of you will know is the author of “The Goth Bible” (2004), as well as the editor of dozens of anthologies of gothic literature and a fiction writer in her own right.  She has long standing connections with the Count Dracula Fan Club, and we have many friends in common in this regard such as the venerable Jeanne Youngson – it always amazes me how one can develop such long lasting friendships from such unlikely beginnings! But that said, much as I don’t believe in vampires most of the friends I have made in this way over the years do not either! But that is not to say that do not have a sincere interest in writing and reading about them, as well as appreciating and seeking out an aesthetic appreciation of death and the hereafter.

We all had a nice meal together (spinach and ricotta lasagna a la Delia Smith, not blood bags!) and caught up on old times. We were very interested to learn that Nancy has managed to trace a family rumour about her ancestors’ manorial lives in England to verifiable fact, and indeed yesterday she made the journey to Leeds to visit the mansion that could have been her rightful seat if certain decisions had not been made over the years – an ancestor choosing love over money being the primary component. Her detailed research in this area has really born fruit, and we were both happy that she was able to physically visit such a strong link to her roots – and be welcomed personally!

Nancy is returning to Canada in the next few days, but no doubt she’ll be over again to the good ol’ UK soon, in the pursuit of her research.  Nancy has certainly made the most of her time in England, and seems to have found herself invited to private collections at museums and to stately homes wherever she has set foot. That said, she has a long history of very specific research and regularly travels Europe seeking out artifacts which fascinate her. But she is always welcome here, at our humble Highgate abode, and in the summer, Nancy, you might even see the odd bat flitting about above Highgate Woods out the front room window! And we are both really looking forward to meeting you again when you next come to London.

But for now,

David

 

Well Done Della! And Welcome To Hidden-Highgate.org

Hello all,

The 24th of October 2013 was a milestone in Highgate’s history. After years of research and months of hard working ‘getting lost in the code’ (and I mean HARD work – sleepless nights, dedicated research and cross referencing sources and learning the mysterious world of ‘php’ and ‘css’ files, not just copying and pasting articles from Wikipedia like some plagiarists I could mention) Della’s new website finally went live last Friday. It was a mad dash to get it live incase the Ham and High wanted to run a piece on Thursday the 23rd, and a subsequent push to get it ready for the Friday night North London Paranormal Investigations Friday Night Show with Mickey Gocool and Kurt Logsdon, which you can listen to in the archives here.  Della had been concentrating so hard that she was barely speaking, working all day, then working all night on the website, and at the weekends working on the website as well. But suddenly the Sunday before last she downed tools and rushed off to the cemetery shrieking ‘OH my God, I’ve got to meet Polly Hancock’.

I have met Polly myself several times over the years, ironically perhaps the first occasion was when she took a photograph of myself in 2003, to celebrate the launch of my own website.  I think it was called in those days dfarrant.co.uk, and I remember long suffering Dave Milner plugging away at that site using a 56k dial up modem. We should also remember that in those early days hardly any functioning websites had videos to watch. But BPOS member (and alleged fugitive from justice) Dave Milner managed to secure about ten for me, all of which constituted interviews with and films about my career as a psychical investigator. For retro value, you can see fragments of the early site here , but Della ‘revamped’ it last year and I think you will agree that the progression of available technology has been a great help.

But back to the present day, and last week in fact. In the meantime Della had somehow managed to find time to record an excellent broadcast with Gareth Davies and Reeves Cooke of Mindset Central and The Para Talk, which you can listen to below.

My old acquaintance Gareth visited Highgate Cemetery himself in the year 2000, and has always been interested in genuine attempts to decipher exactly what if anything haunts the cemetery and its environs.

So, by the time Hallowe’en itself came around, we were enjoying a well deserved lie-in, unaware that just over the road in the newsagents the Ham and High was sitting there on the counter with Della gazing back from it. We didn’t even turn the computer on until the afternoon, and it took a good hour to wade through the responses to the article (and the response behind the scenes on the website!)

Well here is the article itself for you all to enjoy. I think that if you are reading this blog, you will agree that it makes a very refreshing change from endless circular debate about such nonsense as ‘bloodsucking vampires’. Here at last is a Highgate-focused website for grown-ups who are not fantasists, cranks or easily led mental patients (no detriment intended to the latter).

I am very proud of what my wife has achieved with her history and real-life paranormal orientated website, and so I present to you – http://hidden-highgate.org Enjoy!

A Hallowe’en Treat For You All – The “Tulpa” Trailer

Here you are everyone . . . a Hallowe’en treat for you all – the trailer for “Tulpa” which will be serialised on YouTube soon . . .

TULPA – A Film by The Sycamore Brothers

Featuring David Farrant

‘Tulpa’ – the long awaited film from the London-based Sycamore Brothers – is scheduled for release in October 2013.

The film tells the story of the true facts underlying the now legendary Highgate ‘vampire’ case which gripped north London with fear in the early 1970s. Tracing the early life of David Farrant, whose name has become synonymous with the case, the film explores the background of a man who, in his own words, ‘became a kind of story which people could read in bed on a Sunday morning’.

Several years of painstaking research and interviews have culminated in ‘Tulpa’ – a film which captures the zeitgeist of 1960s and 1970s London, and reveals the man behind the myth.

All syndication and film festival enquiries should be directed to maximusfilm@yahoo.co.uk

All content © The Sycamore Brothers

 

Have fun everyone and enjoy. (Just in time for midnight!).

David Farrant.

 

Adventures In Margate – And The Launch Of “Tulpa”

 

Having fun at the 2nd UnXplained Conference in Margate (c) Della Farrant

Hello all,

Just to let you all know that my Talk at Margate on Saturday 26th of this month went well. Unfortunately, we were curtailed a little because of time on the way there, and with having to catch the last train back. The host, Karl Serveld, had very kindly booked us a double room for the night but we had to get back early for a BPOS meeting on the Sunday. However, Karl’s generousity was much appreciated.

I think the Talk went well (then again I would say that wouldn’t I!). But it was reassuring to see that the audience were listening attentively and a little later on were asking questions.  Most of the conference attendees seemed to be from the Kent and London area, and it was good to meet some new people and forge some fresh networks.  I am very much hoping that they will invite us back again next year, as we would very much like to make a complete day of it. I understand the other speakers’ Talks were also well received, and the atmosphere over all was very warm and friendly. I feel Karl’s annual conference has a lot of potential. The one we attended was the second, and in the downstairs area of a large hotel. It had been prepared carefully with camera equipment, stalls for attendees’ publications and aprojector screen for presentations (and of course an open bar!) so altogether a very professional endeavour which I am proud to be associated with.

What else?  Well in other news I am pleased to announce that finally the film “Tulpa” is due for imminent release.

The film tells the story of the true facts underlying the now legendary Highgate ‘vampire’ case which gripped north London with fear in the early 1970s. Tracing the early life of David Farrant (myself!), whose name has become synonymous with the case, the film explores the background of a man who, in his own words, ‘became a kind of story which people could read in bed on a Sunday morning’.

Several years of painstaking research and interviews have culminated in ‘Tulpa’ – a film which captures the zeitgeist of 1960s and 1970s London, and reveals the man behind the myth.

So do keep an eye out for the trailer which will be released on YouTube any day now.

So, another tiring week, but as you may all have gathered by now, Della’s new website http://hidden-highgate.org is finished and went live on Friday.  She has put a lot of work into it and I admire her determination not to allow the negativity of Highgate ‘vampire’ fixated plaigiarists and hangers on to detract from her original research. After all the project was developed for people with a genuine interest in Highgate’s paranormal past and not politics and back stabbing – and it seems to be very popular with its target audience, generating an average of 150 visits and 500 pageloads a day. So all in all a success! And if one multiplies these figures over the coming weeks and months, the sky will literally be the limit.

Poor Della is used to the usual round of interviews and appearances which I am asked to give each Hallowe’en, but this year she has had her own to manage as well. Somehow on top of a full week at work, caring for her brother, and staying up all night on two hours sleep working on the website she has managed to give four interviews and a photoshoot and participate in a live phone in, as well as accompanying me to Margate. But it has all been worth it, and we have finally managed to relax this evening with a nice meal and some wine – before it all commences again on Thursday night!

So keep an eye on this blog for updates about “Tulpa” , and enjoy the build up to Hallowe’en – now we have snatched 5 minutes to ourselves we certainly are!

Yours for the moment,

David

Della’s Hidden Highgate.

As some people will already know, Della has just done a news interview on Mindset Central’s Para Talk radio hosted by Gareth Davies and his Co-host Reeves about her new Website “Hidden Highgate”.  This was pre-recorded simply because there is an 8 hours time difference between California USA and the good ol’ UK.  (Della works hard enough as it is without expecting her to go live over air at 4 or 5 am!).

I have since spoken to Gareth Davies and apparently her interview was very well received; so much so that he would like her back on the show again soon.

Della has also done another interview for Mickey Gocool’s North London Paranormal Investigations (NLPI) about her new Website which can be heard this coming Friday between 9pm and 11pm.  Although this interview was also pre-recorded because of Della’s busy work schedule,  I am pleased to say that both Della and myself will be tuning in live to Mickey’s programme in the event that any listeners have any questions that are Highgate related.

I know Redmond Mc Williams has already put a link up to the programme on his own group The Highgate Cemetery Vampire Appreciation Society  but here is the link again in case anybody missed it:   

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thcvas/permalink/550352158371683/

People have already been informed on Twitter of the new Website’s imminent launching, but the static Internet page also warns people that the content of Hidden Highgate will literally be in accordance with its aptly chosen title i.e. about the hidden mysteries and legends of old Highgate – including the paranormal ones -  that were once so dominant in the lives of this class conscious community.  But other than that, in the pre-publicity leading up to its official opening, Della is quick to reassure her readers that her new Website can be taken seriously and (I surmise) will not be wasting time on the usual ‘vampire’ fiction that is so commonly circulated about quaint old Highgate.  It is to be a ‘vampire-free zone’ she so proudly informed some inquisitive readers.  We’ll have to wait and see how she intends to deal with that.  But I imagine it simply means that she intends to deal with provable history; rather than waste time by introducing fictional accounts and opinions which, in any event, are ‘unprovable’.   However she does it,  I am very proud to be a part of  Della’s Hidden Highgate.

 I have to give yet another filmed Talk in Margate on Saturday on the Highgate case.  Haven’t really decided what to go into yet, but the Highgate ‘vampire’ case will most likely get a mention.  I am not so interested in speculating what the Highgate ghost or entity is, was, or could have been;  but I will certainly empathasise that any notion that it was/is a ‘real vampire’ belongs to the realms of invented fiction!

So, all in all its proving a pretty exhausting week – or will be by the time it is over!

But I’ll keep you all up to date.  Should prove eventful!

David Farrant, President, BPOS. 

But I Managed To Struggle Through

 

Sorry all for the delay in putting a new blog entry together. As you all know October is always a busy month for me, and September was no quieter with my ASSAP Talk in Bath and my London Haunts and Horrors Talk in Clerkenwell. The latter was held in a packed events room above The Green public house, and it was standing room only by the time the Talk commenced, with around 50 people packed into the venue. This event was unusual in that it featured in addition to myself three other witnesses to the ‘tall dark figure’ often seen in Swains Lane and other parts of Highgate. It is all now up on YouTube in three parts for those who were unable to attend. This event was also marked on a less positive note by the fact that I had a cracked rib, but I managed to struggle through and by and large from all reports it all went well. 

But there seems to be no end to the demand for these Talks, and just when I should be recuperating and being fed grapes and whisky (medicinal) in bed, I am off to Margate this weekend for the UnXplained Hallowe’en Conference 2013, which is going to mean an overnight stay. I don’t really mind the stay so much, as doing the travelling there and back in one day might have otherwise proved a little tiring.

I know I have a lot of readers in Essex and Kent, and if any of you would like to attend here are the booking details, and links to where you can find out more:

UNXPLAINED HALLOWEEN CONFERENCE 2013.

Saturday, 26th October @ 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Location: The Glenwood Hotel, 19-25 Edgar Road, Margate,
CT9 2RG.

Tel: (01843) 292137

Price: £10 admission (full day)

From 2pm until late

David Farrant will be a guest speaker at this forthcoming all day event that will consist of an afternoon and an evening session; with breaks in between speakers. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the event. Guest speakers will include: Scott Costello (UNXplained), David Papa-Adams, Gary Gary Heseltine (PRUFOS), David Weatherley (author of ‘The Black Eyed Children’ via live feed), and Ian and Mandy (members of a local Wiccan coven).

Further info:

1. http://www.unxplainedconference.com/

2.https://www.facebook.com/UNXplainedConference

3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNXplainedconference/

It would be great to see some familiar faces there, just as it will be to meet some new people with an interest in the paranormal.

In other news … I understand that my friend and colleague Mickey Gocool, founder member of North London Paranormal Investigations is also planning a Hallowe’en Event. More details on that to follow. But he has also managed to squeeze in a Hallowe’en special on Friday night on his NLPI Radio show (co-hosted with Kurt Logsdon). He will be interviewing my wife, Della, about her forthcoming book ‘Haunted Highgate’ which will be published in Oct 2014, and her new website http://hidden-highgate.org which goes live this Hallowe’en. Her new website details many of the haunted locations in and around Highgate and encourages the community to contribute their own experiences of the paranormal. She has put a lot of work into what is a very original idea, and all is going to plan – and gathering a lot of interest from various quarters.

So perhaps you can understand now why I have been a bit lapsed with my blog entries – I simply can’t get access to the computer!! Anyway, that’s it for now, everyone, and I’ll certainly keep you updated about Della’s Hallowe’en interview later this week.

For now,

David