|Anne Boleyn Haunting in Kent, Drawing: Copyright Janet Cameron|
Tempus Publishing, (2005) £8.99 www.tempus-publishing.com
Haunted Kent contains heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, manifestions and related supernatural phenomena which range over many years and span the county of Kent. Why do some people attract ghosts, spirits and poltergeists? Why can only certain individuals detect their vibration frequencies? (Perhaps you are one of these spirit-sensitive people.)
With an accessible format of stories arranged alphabetically under Kent place names and around 50 stunning photographs of spooky places (and two line drawings by the author) you will be inspired to go exploring for yourself. Since it was published at Hallowe'en, 2005 Haunted Kent has sold more than 5,000 copies and is still going strong. Read this book then ask yourself: WHAT DO I BELIEVE?
The book is available from good Kent bookshops, or go to the Tempus website address listed above. If you would prefer a signed copy direct from the author, please email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Reviews for Haunted Kent:
This spine-chiller must not be read when you're alone... Author Janet Cameron has hand-picked classic ghostly Kentish tales as well as researched traditional folk stories for her book Haunted Kent.
Emily Hall, Kent Messenger, 28 October, 2005.
Mysterious sightings in Pub. Tale of lady in grey published... As the wind whistles across the bleak landscape and the waves crash on the deserted shore, Dungeness certainly seems like the perfect setting for an eerie tale.
Kathryn Tyre, Romney Marsh Herald, Early November,2005.
Beautifully timed with Hallowe'en, I took my children along to a nearby Ottakar's to hear Janet read from her book. I was surprised at how many of the audience were willing to share their own spooky experiences but if the recent plethora of supernatural shows on television is anything to go by, it would appear that the popularity of ghosts is far from dead.
The author offers the reader something different to the compendiums that have gone before. She chooses to take her lead from Kention and its Celtic meaning 'on the edge' remaining less concerned with the usual paraphernalia surrounding such detective work in favour of good old-fashioned research to unearth a story.
We're offered a whistle-stop tour where we're free to step down at any point and wander the lanes or passageways. Rather like Henry James, we may stop and wonder if such tales are really intrusions from an uncanny and unseen world. Or we may turn a handle of a door with de la Mare and see an internal vision, where death still has a significant part to play.
As we wander, we'll be sure to find a tale that lingers on. Even Daniel Defoe found himself haunted by something he heard on his travels through the county. Along with an all-star cast from Pluckley, otherwise known as 'the most haunted village in England', feel set to resonate: 'the things which are seen as temporal. But things which are not seen are eternal.
Melanie Waterfield, The Woman Writer, February, 2006