Medium Murray’s Spirit Talk – H.P. Lovecraft

14/07/2014

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Hello there readers, my name’s Murray, and I’m employed by the Ghost Bus Tours to keep the various otherworldly spirits of the Necrobus in check; think of me as a spiritual mechanic. Folks call me “Medium Murray”. No, it's not that “Big Murray” and “Little Murray” were already taken. Actually, I have a knack for contacting spirits from the other side, which comes in handy in this line of work! This week I dusted off my grimoire, recited a few incantations and managed to summon up the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft! Perhaps the most influential horror writer to ...

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Why Take A Ghost Tour?

30/06/2014

If you’ve blood in your veins and air in your lungs, you’ve got to be at least a little bit interested in history. The story of our forefathers--what they built, what they destroyed, what they loved, and what they hated; what they feared, cursed, laughed at and believed in, even what they gossiped about--it’s all a great big story. So what’s the best way to experience that story? Here are some suggestions for exploring history. Learn history from your city A city is like a living monument to its millions of past inhabitants. A story is carved into ...

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This Week In Ghosts: The Daring Lily Cove and The Battle of Naseby

09/06/2014

11th June - Lily Cove If you’re a regular of the Old White Lion in Haworth, you might notice a ghostly customer this Wednesday. [caption id="attachment_1241" align="aligncenter" width="217"] Buy a gal a drink?[/caption] That’ll be Lily Cove, the daredevil parachutist who died on a failed jump nearly 110 years ago. Lily was a daredevil who traveled with Captain Bidmead, a famous balloonist of the time, and her speciality was being lifted high into the air, attached by a harness to the underside of a hot-air balloon, and parachuting back to earth. This was to be the feat attempted at ...

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Fantastical Horror Fiction of Yesteryear: ‘The Tingler’

03/06/2014

* * * SPOILER WARNING FOR A 50+ YEAR OLD FILM * * * Man’s strange attraction to that which he fears has been around for quite a while, and tonight children, we’re going to look at a strange turn the horror genre took in the late 1950s. Cast your mind back to 1959, to the year when 'The Tingler' had its theatrical release. Vincent Price, creepy and gaunt as ever he was, stars as Dr. Warren Chapin, a coroner and a scientist pursuing his personal fascination with the physiological effects of fear. If you’ve never seen this ...

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Friday 13th Full Moon

29/05/2014

When you hear the phrase “Friday 13th full moon” what do you think about? A wolf-man wearing a hockey mask holding a machete? A time of extreme bad luck full of maniacs? Or just a well lit Friday night? The last time Friday 13th fell on a full moon was in 2000. But it’s happening soon. Very soon. Unless you’re reading this after Friday 13th June 2014 in which case you missed it. And the next one won’t be for another 35 years. Sorry.   But why the superstitions? Firstly let’s have a look at Friday 13th. Traditionally ...

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Ghost Month’s a’coming…

28/05/2014

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Ghost Month’s a’coming… Good afternoon ghosts, goblins ghouls and grunts. And what a scurrilous evening it is. A decadent display of morbid manifestations is upon us in no less than two months to the day. For on the 27th July, Ghost Month begins. Yes, Ghost Month. The month one month in twelve where we dead receive the thanks of the living. I know. You Britons know not of Ghost Month. You self-smothered citizens of modernity have had your eyes cloaked by computers and your senses stifled by smart phones. But those with open hearts and minds have ...

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The Spookiest Family We Know.

15/05/2014

Greetings Ghosthunters! [caption id="attachment_1199" align="alignright" width="399"] "Somehow, Wilbur's mother hadn't yet realised he had just vommed on her shoulder…"[/caption]   Today is the International Day of Families, a day when all over the world, people come together to show due respect for that timeless institution, the familial unit. At GBT, we’ve decided to remember a different kind of family- a slightly more, dysfunctional kind. This is a true story about a family who joined the great undead as a team, as documented by a Ghosthunter from across the pond, Mr William Lynwood Montell. Our story takes place in Beech Grove, McClean County, ...

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Welcome to The Ghost Bus Tours…

04/05/2014

Greetings! Welcome to The Ghost Bus Tours; the only theatrical sightseeing tour of its kind, and quite simply one of the very best things you can do with an evening. This magical experience is managed by a veteran collective of wild-minded oddballs. We delight in curating the nocturnal, we delight in the darker side of fun - that insane story, historical fact, or new artwork that you can’t even look at but don’t want to see? We’ve seen it. And we loved it! This blog is where we find the very best toil and trouble from around the ...

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GREYFRIARS BOBBY

02/05/2014

Greyfriars Bobby

Have you ever heard the tragic yet beautiful love story not between a man and his wife but that of master and his companion? One of Edinburgh’s most famous stories is that of Bobby the dog. Bobby was a watch dog who was owned by one of Edinburgh’s constables John Gray. During John’s lifetime Bobby and himself grew a tight family-like bond which carried on after the constable’s death in 1858. Shortly after Mr Gray’s burial in Greyfriars Churchyard the groundskeeper noticed Bobby lying on his master’s grave and this is where he would stay every day ...

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London Sewers

25/03/2014

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As London grew through the ages, the population increased and more and more people needed to get rid of their waste. By the 1800s open sewers ran from houses into the River Thames, which was also where most people collected their water for drinking, cooking and bathing. In 1858 it got so bad it was named the “Great Stink” – the summer was unusually hot and the smell from the river was so bad that it affected Parliament. In the House of Commons they soaked the curtains in lime, and they even considered moving to Hampton ...

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