Archive for Ghosts

Spooky Isles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 21, 2015 by gstewartauthor

I am featured as a guest writer on the Spooky Isles website again this week, read about the ghosts of St Andrews here

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Supernatural St Andrews

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2015 by gstewartauthor

It’s been a long time coming, around 20 years between first starting to gather the ghost stories of the town to finally finishing the research and compiling the tales into one volume, but finally Supernatural St Andrews is finished. I am really pleased with how this book has come out, and I believe it to probably be the most historically complete collection of ghost tales from the town, with the background to all of the main ghosts uncovered and long forgotten spooks and stories re-discovered.

With maps and plenty of photographs, readers can easily visualise the various locations as they read about them, and people visiting the town can follow the routes or I will be more than happy to offer personalised tours for small to medium sized groups whenever possible, please use the ‘contact’ section on this page if you are interested.

The book is available on Kindle now, with the paperback to follow soon. This book is also the first in a new venture, Haunted Publishing. Loads of work ahead of me!

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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.

Haunted Kirkcaldy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by gstewartauthor

Apologies for the lack of post recently, I’ve been working flat out to try to get the new book, Haunted Kirkcaldy, finished which has been hard going due to a shoulder injury. Still, it’s completed, and available for presale on Amazon Image The research for writing this book has been the hardest of all the books I have written. As far as I can tell, this is the first time ever all of the stories from the Kirkcaldy area have been brought together, so despite the work involved, it’s quite satisfying to see it completed.

With some spare time on my hands now though, I’m planning to set off exploring some more places, for future books, so should be posting updates on a more regular basis. 

The Devil’s Dead

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by gstewartauthor

Time seems to have passed so quickly again! I have been researching the new book ‘Haunted Kirkcaldy’, which is due out next year. The publishers requirements are solely ghost stories, but in my research I have come up with so many stories of folklore and mythology that it seems a shame not to use them! Although I can’t use them in the ‘Haunted’ book, I am now planning to write another book covering myths and legends of Scotland at the same time. It takes a lot to write two books simultaneously,  but this will allow me to go between them both so if one line of research results in a ghost story, it goes in the haunted book, but if it ends with a tale of folklore, it goes in the myths book.

The book on myths will be similar to the ghost story books I have written so far. Rather than simply tell the story, I will be visiting as many locations as I can so I can experience the atmosphere and take some photographs for the book. The stories are, in my opinion, too good not to write about. Stories like the great wizard of the north, Sir Michael Scot of Balwearie. He was an astrologer and mathematician, but also said to be in possession of a book of spells, so powerful that he could summon and control demons. Legend has it that he used a demon horse for many travels, including one to Pairs on behalf of the King of Scots who wanted France to agree to stop their attacks on Scottish ships. The King of France initially refused, so Scot warned him that his horse would stamp it’s hoof three times. The first time, the bells of the city would ring, the second time the towers of the castle would fall, and the third time the whole of Paris would fall. The King of France refused, and the horse stamped it’s hoof. The bells of the city rang, but the King of France was not convinced it was anything other than an elaborate trick. The horse stamped it’s hoof again and the towers of the castle crumbled and fell. The King of France had no idea how this could be happening but, seeing the horse raise it’s hoof again, he agreed to call off any attacks on Scottish ships rather than risk the consequences of the final stamp from the hoof of the demon horse.

Although Scot could summon demons, not all were easy to control and, on one occasion he is said to have summoned the Devil himself. Scot found controlling the Devil particularly difficult as he kept asking what task he had been summoned to complete. Scot assigned him tasks, which the Devil completed very quickly before returning to ask for another task. No matter what task the Devil was asked to do, he completed it within minutes and plagued Scot with requests for new tasks. Eventually Scot grew weary of the persistence of the Devil, who was clearly trying to break any control Scot had on the demons, and so he decided to give the Devil a task that would get rid of him once and for all. Scot ordered the Devil to weave an endless rope from the grains of sand on nearby Kirkcaldy beach, a task that was impossible even for the Devil to complete, and Scot was never bothered by the Devil again. Many say the Devil grew so weary with the never ending task, that he eventually died on the beach, leading to the Jacobite Poem which concludes:

Some say the De’il’s Deid, and buried in Kirkcaldy

These are just a small part of the tales relating to the Wizard of Balwearie, the rest will be covered in the forthcoming mythology book and I’ll soon be visiting the ruins of Balwearie Castle, along with many other sites connected to Sir Michael Scot.

Busy Times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2013 by gstewartauthor

How time flies! It’s been a hectic few weeks but a lot has been done.  Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses, book 3 in the Haunted Explorer series, is now available both in paperback and as an e-book. I have also made books 1 and 2 in the series (Scotland’s Hidden Hauntings and Scottish Ghosts and Witches) available as paperback. I was a bit concerned about how the photographs would turn out in the print version but I have received my own copies and am pleasantly surprised. Although they are only on Amazon just now, I am working on getting them into bookstores very soon.

Work on book 4 of the series is off to a good start as well and I hope that the Kickstarter project will give a much needed boost to this. I have some new backers, so a huge thank you to Christiane Rueth, Lol Scragg and Richard Wetherall, your support is very much appreciated. I am really enjoying writing this series and am constantly finding new sources for research material allowing me to find a whole lot of new buildings to explore!