Devon claims so many classic tales of the supernatural and paranormal: the beckoning White Lady of Berry Pomeroy Castle, the terrifying Whisht Hounds of Dartmoor, the notorious Hairy Hands that wrestle with driver's steering wheels near Postbridge, and the melancholy story of Jay's Grave near Widecombe-in-the-Moor to name but a few.
But Devon is also a county where mysteries continue to surprise us. Author Daniel Codd has unearthed hundreds of strange tales, old and new, to capture the imagination and to sometimes even chill the blood. Could it really be that a lone Roman soldier's ghost was spotted forty years ago on the fringes of Okehampton? Did a Hatherleigh man really see the Devil before murdering his wife in 1752? What was the shimmering white figure that stared at drivers from Hardwick Wood, Plympton? Have buildings and even people spontaneously combusted in Devon? Was a ghost actually photographed near Okehampton's castle? And what to make of the physical encounters with pixies that recent history has presented us with? Not to mention the baffling reports of UFOs, wild men, prowling panthers, mermaids, sea creatures and even werewolves that have turned up in the county...
Covering an area from the county's northern coastline to its southern beaches, Paranormal Devon has been researched and compiled from archive sources, is fully up-to-date and includes many mysterious first-hand accounts and contributions from county folk. Most of all, these thought-provoking reports remind us that Devon, even in the twenty-first century, is still an extremely paranormal county.
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 382 g
Dimensions: 234 x 165 mm
'This excellent volume has four vitally important features, which every reader will enjoy. It has been accurately and carefully researched; it is very well illustrated; the writing is fluent and eminently readable; the subject matter is intriguing and highly informative.' * Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe (President & First Lady of ASSAP - Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) *
'Paranormal Devon, by Daniel Codd, is packed full of weird and wonderful stories from across the county... many of the first-hand accounts and contributions included in the book are from ordinary folk living in the county.' * Exmouth Journal (13 June 2013) *
'Daniel Codd is an experienced compiler of local paranormal guides... having his book in hand will add an extra dimension, whether one is there physically, walking its streets, lanes and moors, or sitting at home in an armchair dreaming of Glorious Devon.' * Society for Psychical Research *