Could it be that a ghostly woman carrying a baby is destined to repeatedly throw herself into the Ribble at West Bradford? Why are so many of Lancashire's theatres and stately homes plagued by multiple apparitions and phantoms? And what to make of the frequent reports of spectral black dogs, prowling feline animals, yeti-like creatures and even vampires that occur in this county? From folkloric headless boggarts to modern ghostly encounters and the UFO 'hotspots' of Winter Hill and Rossendale, Daniel Codd has unearthed hundreds of strange tales to capture the imagination and, sometimes, chill the blood. Researched and compiled from archive sources, although up-to-date and including many contemporary first-hand accounts and contributions from county folk, Paranormal Lancashire is a celebration of all things inexplicable in this part of the northwest. Designed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the odd and unnerving Pendle Witches saga, it reminds us that even after four centuries, old beliefs in the supernatural and paranormal die hard.
Daniel J. Codd is a lifelong student of history, criminology, folklore, the out-of-place and the paranormal in Britain, a fascination borne out of a belief that truth (including the possibility of the reality of the supernatural) is endlessly more intriguing than fiction. He has previously written full studies of the supernatural and paranormal in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Somerset and Bristol, and has contributed articles for Paranormal magazine as well as appearing on BBC Radio programmes. Daniel is endlessly intrigued by the anecdotes and accounts of ghosts and other phenomena he frequently receives, and is currently compiling these anecdotes, as well as anything else of interest he finds along the way among the archive material he is constantly trawling through.