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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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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.


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 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!

Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by gstewartauthor

The cover has arrived for the new book, and I’m really happy with it. I have decided to extend the ‘haunted’ books that I have written so far into a series which will be called the Haunted Explorer series. Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses will be book 3 and I will be going back to re-name the earlier books as book 1 and 2 in the series. Book 3 specifically looks at some of the castles and grand mansion houses, ranging from the fully restored to the ruinous. Not all were possible to visit as some of these remain private homes.

Meanwhile the exploring continues! Book 4 is in the pipeline as there are a few places I have already visited but didn’t make it into this book as they did not fall into the ‘castles and houses’ category. I have a long list of places still to visit, mainly in the south of Scotland.

Anyway, here’s the cover, hope you like it as much as I do;


Next Book and Kickstarter Project

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by gstewartauthor

Work on my next e-book ‘Scotland’s Haunted Castles and Houses’ is progressing ahead of schedule and I hope I will have this one available by the end of August. I really need to select a suitable photo of an atmospheric castle for the cover so I’ll be checking through them all soon. Meanwhile my first book exploring haunted locations, ‘Scotland’s Hidden Hauntings’ continues to do well and I’m glad to see the second book, ‘Scottish Ghosts and Witches’ starting to build momentum as well.

While Scotland’s Haunted Castles and Houses will be the third book in the exploration series, there are a lot more places to visit, hundreds in fact! Costs are building due to the amount of travelling required, entrance fees, time off work etc and with no advances on these books, I have set up a Kickstarter project to try to fund more research for more books.

I am delighted to see that there are already some backers for the project, it really does mean a lot to me. The backers are:

Barbara J

Marco Ziegert



Thank you so much for your support.

Inveraray Castle

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

Despite being interested in the paranormal all of my life, and researching it for over thirty years, one thing I love about working on a new book is leaning more. I have just finished a section on Inveraray Castle for my next book, tentatively titled ‘Haunted Castles and Houses of Scotland’. I was aware the castle was reportedly haunted and knew about the spirits, but the ghost battle in the sky was a new one for me! I have checked out the dates and what was witnessed and been able to tie it up to actual events.

The haunting is said to have taken place in July, 1748 when a local physician and two colleagues witnessed a strange event while walking in the estate, which was also witnessed by two women who were walking in a different part of the estate. It is said that in the sky above the castle, they saw figures appear and a ghostly battle take place. All of them described it as though Highland soldiers were attacking a fort which appeared to be held by French soldiers. Eventually the Highlanders were beaten back and had to retreat, leaving many of their dead and injured comrades as they were pursued by the French. Several weeks later the news was received that there had been a battle at Fort Ticonderoga in what is now New York State, USA. An army of fifteen thousand British and Colonial troops, led by General James Abercrombie, had attacked the fort, which was being held by the French. Despite several attempts, the British and Colonial troop were unable to breach the forts defensive walls having suffered heavy casualties, they were forced to withdraw. Almost two thousand men lost their lives in the battle, almost five hundred of which were from the Scottish regiment, the Black Watch.

 It appears what was witnessed above the castle was a type crisis apparition, which is when someone who is not dead but is in great peril appears in front of a loved one to alert them to their crisis. Why so many appeared at the same time and at the castle during their moment of peril remains a mystery and it is clearly a haunting that cannot happen again as the battle has long passed. If the castle does attract some form of crisis haunting for a mass crisis of Scots abroad, a recurrence of the sight with a different incident cannot be excluded.

Inveraray has the appearance of a fairy-tale castle, but seems to attract something more sinister.

Image  I must go back soon to get some better photographs!

Dunnottar Castle

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2013 by gstewartauthor

Dunnottar Castle lies a few miles away from the town of Stonehaven on Scotland’s north east coast. As soon as you catch a glimpse of it, it is easy to understand why the rocky outcrop on which the castle stands has been considered of such strategic importance that a castle has stood here for over 1300 years. The first castle would have been a timber fort, built by the picts. Unfortunately, as the picts left almost no written records little is known about the original fort other than it was of significant importance in defending against attacks by the vikings and the Angles. The fort is believed to have finally been defeated and destroyed in the 9th century by the vikings during an attack which it is said also resulted in the death of King Donald II of Scotland. The fort was rebuilt, and continued to play an important defensive role.  

The first stone building on the site was the church, constructed in the 13th century. The castle continued to be seen of such strategical importance that some of the heavyweights of British history are directly associated with it. King Edward 1st of England successfully took the castle during the wars of independence, but a year later the castle was taken back by the Scots, led by none other than William Wallace, who allegedly burned the English forces alive in the church.

In 1651, Oliver Cromwell led a force against the castle after learning that the Scottish Crown Jewels were being held there. His army attacked the castle for over 8 months, yet, due to it’s natural and built defences, a group of just 70 Scots managed to hold it. It was not until Cromwell brought in heavy guns and shelled the castle for 10 days that it was finally surrendered, but by then the crown jewels had already been smuggled out so it was a pointless exercise, other than the castle was destroyed and never fully rebuilt.

With such a long and bloody history, it is not surprising that there reports of hauntings in the castle, the most common being screams of agony and despair. This is associated with the building being used as a prison many years after Cromwell’s attack. 180 men and women were held prisoner in the cellar of one of the buildings for 2 months due to their opposition to the Stuart kings. They were kept with no natural light, ventilation or sanitation in the crammed room. The conditions were so bad, 37 swore and oath to the Stuart kings in return for their freedom, 25 attempted to escape, with 15 being recaptured and 2 falling to their deaths, and 5 died from the conditions inside the vault. Those that survived were shipped to the West Indies, but they were by then in such poor health many did not survive the journey.

The castle is a truly fascinating place to visit and, as for future uses, well I know where I’m heading if there is ever a zombie apocalypse!



Crawford Priory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by gstewartauthor

Crawford Priory

I took a trip out to Crawford Priory today. Despite the name, the building was never used as a priory, but was in fact a country mansion re-designed to look like a gothic priory. It is recognised as one of the most important pieces of gothic architecture in the country, so it is such a shame to see it being left to fall apart.

Unfortunately the building it too dangerous now to get inside and the trees/bushes that surround it are over grown, so photographs aren’t that easy to take, but I got a few.

Lady Crawford, who designed and lived at the house, is said to still walk the grounds. More details will be in the next book!