New Ghost Stories Podcast 15 - How Long Will This Go On?

  
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When I choose the cases which will go into the next New Ghost Stories book, I don’t deliberatly pick any theme. The stories that make it in are those which I feel are ready to be published. I’ve scrutinised the material, fact-checked them, and performed the basic editing required to make them readable for my audience. When I have enough stories ready, then I move towards compiling them for my next book.

It’s only afterwards, when I consider them together, that certain themes start to come out. In my last book, Fourteen New Ghost Stories, what seemed to come out is the theme of isolation in the city, living in cramped quarters, and hidden corners, that seemed to resonate most.

With New Ghost Stories Volume Three, what stands out to me is the portrait it paints of Great Britain in a decade heading towards a global disaster. A time where divisions hardened, inequality grew, political orthodoxy was overturned, and making ends meet became increasingly difficult.

Though these stories take strange and fantastical turns, it strikes me that it’s the most relatable of all the books I’ve put together. The circumstances that build towards the climax of case 341, How Long Will This Go On?, really could happen to anyone. It’s probably happening to parents somewhere right now. I hope that the outcome for them is not so bleak. That their relationship can be repaired.

Encounters with ghosts can destroy lives. It’s when we’re at our most strained, when we’re at our most vulnerable, that we’re most likely to see ghosts. There were plenty of ghost sightings pre-pandemic. I can only imagine how many more will come to light as we go forward. And what kind of picture they will paint of Britain as it moves towards a new normal.

New Ghost Stories Volume Three is out now in both ebook and paperback. Non-Kindle ebook formats are available from Smashwords.

New Ghost Stories Volume Three is out now

Today’s the day! New Ghost Stories Volume Three is out in both ebook and paperback.

This is the culmination of over 4 years work. It’s quite a relief to finally see it come out. It was never meant to take this long. But these last few years have been challenging for all us. I’m proud, and quite relieved, to see it finally released.

Volume Three takes us from flooded houses to haunted hotels. We meet burnt out parents stalked by shadows; a social media star followed by a stranger in their home; a professor forced off the road into the path of an ancient evil…

… and we finally discover what happened to the woman at the end of The Rhythm of Six. New Ghost Stories Volume Three features the sequel to the first ever New Ghost Story. In The Rhythm of Eight we discover the origins of the ghost that knocks, and the tragic history of the one man who might be able to stop him.

You can order New Ghost Stories Volume Three from Amazon in ebook and paperback. It’s also available from Smashwords for anyone who wants it in a different ebook format.

Here’s a little teaser trailer. I hope you enjoy it.

New Ghost Stories Podcast 14 - In a Box

  
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As you’ll hear in the introduction to this month’s podcast, this is one of the more difficult and distressing of the New Ghost Stories cases.

In the podcast you will get one view of events. Another version of events obviously does exist. There is no version without a tragic outcome. The question here is who is responsible.

I will point out here, once again, that by featuring a subject’s account on this podcast is not an endorsement of their views or their version of events.

I do believe that they are not lying to me, based on our conversations and substantiating evidence. But I always invite the listener to draw their own conclusions.

The podcast only features one person’s version of events. Other interpretations are plausible. I am not an arbiter of truth and have never claimed to be.

Whether these disclaimers will prevent any new legal threats, I don’t know. I did think twice about putting this podcast out, in case old conflicts are stoked again.

But I don’t feel as though I should ultimately treat this case any differently than any other.  No court has chosen to convict the subject; I make no judgement on their guilt or anyone else’s.

If you’d like to support the New Ghost Stories Podcast, please consider coming a patron at Patreon.com/newghoststories

New Ghost Stories Volume will be released October 8 in paperback (fingers crossed) and on ebook. You can pre-order the ebook now.

New Ghost Stories Podcast Bonus - Laura by Saki

  
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It was my birthday recently, so I’ve recorded a bonus episode featuring one of my favourite stories.

Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro, only occasionally delves into the supernatural in his works. His acidic shorts are predominantly black comedies of manners. Think P.G. Woodhouse but with less whimsy and more malevolence.

His stories are rarely more than a few pages long, yet they include biting commentary on the foibles of the Edwardian upper and middle classes. As you’ll hear in Laura, there is often a bestial nature to his tales. Characters forced into a battle against wild forces that lay waste to their constrained lives. Considering his own upbringing, raised by disciplinarian aunts, it’s hard not to interpret much of his work as vengeful wish fulfilment.

Patrons of the New Ghost Stories Podcast can enjoy an extended version of this episode, which includes a second Saki story, Sredni Vashtar. To become a patron, just head over to patreon/newghoststories.

New Ghost Stories Volume Three is available to pre-order now.

New Ghost Stories Podcast 13 - Coming Home

  
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With my casefile crossing the 400 mark, it’s fair to say that I’ve heard a lot about haunted houses. Our private space, our personal territory, is not something we take lightly. It’s where we feel safest; where we’re most vulnerable; it’s private.

When we move somewhere else, it can take a little time to let our guard down. Especially when we can see signs of previous occupancy. We know we’re encroaching on someone else’s territory. Projecting how we feel about our own spaces, we sense that a previous occupant might not let their attachment go likely.

Coming Home then is somewhat unusual as a haunted house tale. Taking place in a small basement flat, this story is not about a family moving into a new home, rather a family coming to take back their home, having temporarily allowed someone else to live there.

What follows is a struggle for territory. My original title for this story was Temporary Residents. We have one person who has the rights and means to come and go as they please. To move to one country and be welcomed, and to return home and reclaim their space.

As they return, someone else is denied that privilege. They have struggled to find their place. Theirs is a battle not for freedom to roam, but a struggle to find a place where they can simply exist.

I lay no criticism on the subject; they do what I think any of us would do. Why wouldn’t you want to protect your home? See the world, if you can. They enjoy the privileges I have and most other people I know have. But what about those who don’t even have a home? Do our privileges depend on the less fortunate simply getting out of our way?

If you’d like to support the New Ghost Stories Podcast, please consider coming a patron at Patreon.com/newghoststories

New Ghost Stories Volume will be released October 8 in paperback and on ebook. You can pre-order the ebook now.

Read a preview story here

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