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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Books uncover town's ghostly residents

Julie Harwood is the Founder and Group Leader of SPUK - the Southern Paranormal UK. She has recently had published her new book 'Haunted Dorchester'.
There are plenty of stories to be told about apparent hauntings in and around the town, but do these relate directly to Dorchester's history or are they merely stories and legends passed down over the years? Many of the reports have remained unconfirmed by locals but the purpose of this book is not to prove or disprove the paranormal or the existence of ghosts. Instead, it is to disclose a little local history with each spooky story and tell the fascinating tales of haunted Dorchester, and let you, the readers, decide for yourselves. Discover the ghost of Thomas Hardy who restlessly walks near to his statue on Colliton Walk, or the phantom sobbing lady in the Dorset County Museum. This collection of ghostly stories and paranormal legends will scare and entice locals, as well as those who dare to visit one of England s most haunted towns.

Julie's other book 'Haunted Poole' published earlier this year. Contains a collection of stories of new and well-known spooky tales from in and around Poole. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources Haunted Poole contains a chilling range of ghostly phenonema including the town’s own tragic Romeo and Juliet tale, legendary Poole pirate Harry Paye and his ghostly galleon, the screams of Alice Beard and ghoulish beggars wandering the streets. This incredible gathering of ghostly goings-on is bound to captivate anyone interested in the supernatural history of the area.

Both books are published by The History Press LTD.

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