72 pages paperback
220 x 168mm
Whether you believe in ghosts, dismiss them, or are an open-minded sceptic, this book presents the facts as reported by people who experienced something so far beyond the ordinary - it warrants the term paranormal.
Dozens of stories are told of haunted places in Brislington (which traditionally includes the neighbourhoods of St Anne's and Arno's Vale, Bristol, UK), and there are also details of several UFO sightings and a range of other local incidents of paranormal phenomena.
Some people are surprised to find so many hauntings in a thriving modern city, but following publication many people have come forward with even more stories. Brislington was a village until a century ago, and still retains some of the atmosphere of a small Somerset community, which may explain why its ancient ghosts still seem to feel at home here.
Although some hauntings have taken place in homes whose privacy needs to be protected, many have occurred in public places, including some in the open air, so Brislington Ghosts & Mysteries can serve as a guidebook to this historic and perhaps highly haunted place.
Since publication, Ken has become Patron of Bristol Society for Paranormal Research and Investigation
Paranormal investigations into the hauntings at the Arnos Manor Hotel have escalated to the point where they have warranted a book devoted entirely to the site - Ghosts of Arnos Manor Hotel, Bristol.
Arnos Manor Hotel
Arnos Vale Cemetery
The Black Castle
St Luke's Church
St Anne's Well
Langton Court Hotel
Other topics include...
Roman Mystery Cult
I have compiled this sort of information before (for Dartmouth, Devon) and, twenty years on, remain wryly amused to note how much we know about the natural history of the neighbourhood - all the local species of butterflies, birds, trees, mosses etc - yet how little about our community's supernatural history.
Text © Ken Taylor 2004 - 2013
Book illustrations courtesy of Redcliffe Press