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Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales
Alan Robson (Author)
If you are from Newcastle or the North East it is likely that you are familiar with Alan Robsons late night radio show the "Night Owls" on Metro Radio. Although the "Night Owls" is a typical talk radio show it is notorious in the North East for the Halloween specials Alan Robson hosts every year. You will be hard pressed to find anyone in Newcastle who has not had the beegeesus scared out of them by Alan Robson on any Halloween for 20 years.
This is a brilliant book for anyone interested in ghost hunting. Grisly Trails and Ghostly Tales is a collection of 150 "true" stories that listeners have either sent to Alan Robson, spoken about on the Night Owls or are local legends. Each tale varies in length from 1 page to 2 or 3 pages, despite being short you get all of the information you need most sending a chill down your spine. Robson has a very casual conversational style of writing much like he is talking to you directly over the air waves so it is a very easy, brilliantly entertaining read. Robson tells the tale often recalling his own investigations into the story and then leaves the reader to make up their own mind as to whether or not it is true.
The stories span the decades right up until the 90's. Many of the landmarks still stand such as the Claremont Road Windmill in Newcastle who's sails were taken down so as to banish the evil spirits of a coven of witches who sacrificed children they kidnapped from the famous annual Hoppings Fair on the town moor. I cannot get on the bus to town without thinking of that story as I go past. The book also tells of the legend of the broken bottles in the window of The Old Cross Inn in Alnwick. It was said that who ever tried to move the bottle from the window woud drop down dead - the bottles are still there in the window boarded up from the inside and have been so for more than 200 years.
If you are planning a trip to the North East and are interested in the supernatural then this is an essential guide to the horrors of the Newcastle and the surrounding areas. From our many historic castles and stately homes to the more modern city buildings it seems that there you can't go anywhere in the North East without encountering an account of it spooky past.
Unfortunately it seems this is now out of general print but you should still be able to pick up a new copy in one of the bookshops in Newcastle or second hand on eBay or Amazon.