The Highgate Vampire 8

The Highgate Vampire
  Sadly the legend of the Highgate Vampire is just that. It was invented by two adventurers out to make a name, and stirred up by local and national press coverage. Disappointing I know, but as Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’. At least I think it was him, ...

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Turin Shroud
  The Turin Shroud is considered the most famous holy relic in existence.  To be fair, if all the books written about it were piled on a weighing scale the weight of evidence would certainly support that assertion. Allegedly Jesus’s linen burial shroud, it shows a barely discernible imprint of a crucified man. The shroud ...

The Lady at Lourdes

The Lady at Lourdes
It is difficult writing about Lourdes. Not because millions of Catholics, believing the Virgin Mary appeared to a 14 year old girl in 1854, visit the shrine each year. Nor because of they believe the spring’s healing waters have produced incontestable miraculous cures – some 350,000 pilgrims bathe there annually. It is difficult because the ...

The Golem 1

The Golem
  The silent German film ‘The Golem: How he came into the World’ (1920) was the last of a trilogy. In ‘The Golem’ (1915) the medieval creature commits a series of murders after being brought to life in contemporary Germany. The next ‘The Golem and the Dancing Girl’ (1917 – now lost) was a fantasy comedy/ ...