Cyril the Haunted Doll

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by gstewartauthor

After introducing Cyril in my last post, I have now started to carry out some tests on him to see if the doll really does have the spirit of Cyril attached to it. Initially I left the doll beside the EMF meter and waited, after a few minutes, the meter activated, showing there was a change in the electro-magnetic field. This lasted about a minute before all went quiet again. I waited a bit longer and again the meter measured an increase in the electro-magnetic field for a short while.

Cyril making his presence known?

After the emf meter had been activated a few times, I switched it to communication mode and waited again. Once it found a connection, I started to ask questions, asking that the needle is activated once for yes and twice for no.

Cyril, test 1

In the above video you will note the meter does register a positive response to the question ‘is your name Cyril’. An earlier test gave a negative response. To try to rule out a fault in the meter, I repeated similar questions several times, but switched between asking for the meter to be activated once for yes and twice for yes. Every time the same negative or positive responses came up for the same questions, including the name.

Cyril, test 2

I can’t say 100% that the doll does have the spirit of Cyril attached. What I can however say is that in repeated tests, the meter indicted the same answers to the same questions with me varying the number of times the meter was to be activated for the responses. Interesting times are ahead!!

Have you seen Annabelle? Well Meet Cyril!!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2014 by gstewartauthor

After looking for a while for additional material for some of the talks I do, I finally managed to secure something ideal. A small porcelain jester or clown doll, named Cyril, or more correctly, a doll that is said to be the host of the ghost of Cyril.

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I have been wary about the numerous ‘Haunted Dolls’ that are put up on offer. I didn’t want one that was simply said to be haunted, I wanted one which had some form of detail as to who haunts it, and some form of evidence. Having missed out on one, I found Cyril, and he ‘felt’ right, which was odd as I don’t generally like dolls or clowns! After discussing the details with his owner, a member of the circle of professional clairvoyants, I managed to secure him. The information I was provided was that Cyril had come from a deceased estate. He had been passed to the grand-daughter, but she was uncomfortable with the doll and felt he was laughing at her. He was then passed to the member of the circle of professional clairvoyants, who studied him for 6 months. During that time, it is said he was found to move, laugh and release an odour. The name Cyril was given, and that in life he had been a drayman, a driver of a flat bed wagon pulled by horses. This would fit in as the house he came from was a converted coach house. Cyril is said to have stated he was under 40 when he died, and he has been attached the doll for a ‘long time’. The doll itself certainly appears very old. His spirit was felt to be very angry and bitter, although the reason for this is not yet known.

I have only had Cyril for a short time, but he so far indicted that there is indeed something odd happening with him. He is kept under glass but the first time I took him out during a talk, within 5 minutes the EMF meter, which was sitting beside him, activated. I had placed the meter beside him in a pile of books, and nothing had been moved. After a minute or so the meter went back to normal readings, but activated again several more times, frequently peaking at the maximum reading. This was witnessed by the audience. I have since repeated the experiment in private and again the meter activated and peaked.

SAM_2782 The above photograph shows the meter as ‘off the scale’. I have also tried using the meter on communication mode, and it has indicated a yes answer to the question of whether he worked with horses and whether he is angry. Interestingly though it indicated no to the question whether his name was Cyril. I tried the question a few times, varying between asking for one or two flashes of the light for yes, and every time it answered ‘no’. I tried an EVP session, but nothing was detected.

This is a curious one for me. As an ‘open minded sceptic’, I will not immediately accept the doll is indeed the vessel for a spirit. I equally however cannot exclude the possibility. There is a plausible background, unexplained activations of the EMF meter and seemingly positive responses to the information I have already been provided. But if he is not Cyril….who is he? I will continue to monitor him and try various experiments to see what other evidence I might be able to find, and I will off course report from time to time how progress is going,

St Andrews and it’s Ghosts

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 by gstewartauthor

The research is pretty much all finished for the new book about St Andrews and it’s ghosts. Time to start writing, and I’m looking forward to this one! Spectral monks, nuns and abbots, phantom pipers, heartbroken widows, women of great beauty and women badly mutilated; ghostly figures on the golf courses and horse drawn carriages in the narrow streets, underground passages, spirit animals and many people who have lived and worked in the towns landmarks and who have not yet left, angels and possibly even a demon, they will all be included! Several books have covered St Andrews supernatural side before, but I hope to make this book the most complete yet, with not just the ghost stories, but the history behind them, all richly illustrated with numerous photographs.

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New Release

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2014 by gstewartauthor

After a successful launch event at Waterstones in Kirkcaldy, Haunted Kirkcaldy is now available in book stores and online. This was the first time I have done a launch night, and the nerves were kicking in, but the audience were great and all seemed to go well. The staff at Waterstones in Kirkcaldy were also very supportive, even setting up a spooky theme in the shop!! I can’t thank everyone enough.

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It’s back to work now on the next title. I have several started, but need to now focus on getting one finished!

Haunted Kirkcaldy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2014 by gstewartauthor

Due to other writing commitments It’s been a while since I have had time to update the blog, but I am now planning regular updates. Lots of information to follow, but I was delighted to get the following great piece written about the forthcoming book ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ in the regional press today:

Ghosts in public houses, playful poltergeists and phantom footsteps are just a taste of the spooky goings on in the Lang Toun’…

And they’re all chronicled by paranormal investigator Gregor Stewart whose book ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’ debuts this month at Waterstones.

But in advance of the August 31 event, the father-of-two told the Press just how deep he had to dig to unearth the town’s darker past.

“I was surprised but it took a lot of effort to pull the stories together, “ he said.

“I thought it would be a case of poring over dusty old books in the library but, although there’s been an awful lot of stuff reported in the area, little has been documented and passed down.”

He explained: “There was a story about a ghost in the late 1800s who had been terrifying women going to work at the linoleum factory. He was described as eight feet tall and floated, but rather than document this, men went out with clubs to destroy the fiend!”

Recorded ghostly hotspots include Betty Nichols and the Feuer’s Arms, while readers might be more surprised to learn of the ‘strangling monk’ of Buchanan Court or the poltergeist of Oak Tree Square.

But Gregor’s investigations also unearthed tales of Kirkcaldy’s tragic past.

“There have been a couple of figures seen in the Old Kirk but nobody knew why they were there,” he said.

“But then I learned in 1828 hundreds of people went to the Kirk to hear the well-known preacher, Rev Edward Irving, deliver a service, resulting in the church being filled to, if not beyond, capacity.

“As he entered, the people surged forward to see him and this caused the north gallery to collapse, killing 24 people and injuring around 150.”

Gregor’s interest in paranormal stories was instilled in him as a youngster by his grandfather, a decorator who specialised in gold-leaf work in historic buildings such as Falkland Palace.

Nevertheless Gregor, who works as a building control surveyor with Fife Council, describes himself as an “open minded sceptic.”

“If I’m asked if I believe in ghosts, I answer no,” he said.

“But, equally, if I’m asked whether I think ghosts don’t exist, the answer is still no.”

On an overnight visit to Pittenweem Tolbooth Tower, Gregor and his son felt “distinctly uncomfortable” but that’s as far as he’ll go.

Leonard Low , author of Weem Witch, said: “Many people have asked to stay in the tower and it was worse than Scooby Doo! What I like about Gregor is he’s sensible and nobody’s fool.”

The story can be read here

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon here

 

Edinburgh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2014 by gstewartauthor

I had another successful visit to Edinburgh, one of the best cities in the world. Found myself close to Greyfriars Kirkyard in the evening, so popped in to check out how it felt as the sun lowered in the sky. The big bonus for us this time was the cameras worked while taking photographs in both the Black Mausoleum and the Covenanter’s Prison. 

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The Black Mausoleum
Home of the MacKenzie Poltergeist

The only part of the cemetery I didn’t like this time was feeling like I was constantly being watched by the figures on this tomb!

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With darkness approaching, tour groups were starting to gather in the Kirkyard, so we headed off round the Grassmarket and up to the Castle before heading back down the Royal Mile, snapping away with the camera as we went! Gathered lots of photos of locations I have been wanting to visit/revisit for a while for 3 new projects I am working on, one exploring the tales of witches and wizards in Scotland, another exploring tales of the Devil in Scotland and last (but far from least) a fresh exploration of the haunted spots in the city, including many that are not so well known.

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I can guarantee that the research for these books will require further visits to Edinburgh, which is something I’m more than happy about!

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Edinburgh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by gstewartauthor

Due to be visiting Edinburgh soon. Several places on the ‘to visit’ list for 2 new books, one exploring the less well known ghost stories of Edinburgh, and the other focusing on the witches and wizards from Scotland’s history. Greyfriars Kirkyard will be included as well and taking 2 cameras this time as last time the battery kept draining when taking photographs in the Covenanter’s prison. I will post some photos later in the week.