My Books



THE POLTERGEIST PRINCE OF LONDON

The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist


(Available in paperback or for the Kindle)

Published by The History Press, 2013, 320pp, illus.

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HAUNTED LONDON

Ghosts and legends of London


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Published by The History Press, 2007, 128pp, illus.

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HAUNTED WANDSWORTH

Ghosts and legends of the London Borough of Wandsworth (covers Balham, Battersea, Putney, Tooting & Wandsworth)


(Available in paperback)

Published by The History Press, 2006, 96pp, illus.

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HAUNTED LAMBETH

Ghosts and legends of the London Borough of Lambeth (covers Brixton, Clapham, North Lambeth, Norwood, Stockwell & Streatham)


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Published by The History Press, 2013, 96pp, illus.

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STRANGE MITCHAM

Ghosts, legends and curiosities of Mitcham in Surrey / south London


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(Kindle)

Published by Shadowtime Publishing, 2nd edition 2011, illus.

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MYSTERIOUS MITCHAM

More ghosts, legends and curiosities of Mitcham in Surrey / south London


(Published online)

Mysterious Mitcham

Online sequel to 'Strange Mitcham'.

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Introduction

James Clark, photography by Sam Armstrong: www.headshot-soho.co.uk

Hello, thanks for stopping by. I'm a freelance writer and proofreader based in the darkest depths of south London, UK.

It can be a weird old place, this often overlooked hinterland of the world's greatest city*, and my published books include several collections of local ghost stories, folklore and history: links are to the right. I also write on other subjects.

To find out what I'm up to at the moment, see my News page.



*Other cities are, of course, available.

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Announcement

Why I Won't Be Finishing this Book (Or the Next)

Time to make this official: I'm taking a break from writing. I don't know for how long.

For more than 20 years I had painstakingly built up a career combining editorial work with writing (the latter in whatever free time the former left me). It is not the sort of career that brings in a regular income, but I was able to make it work by setting aside the majority of my earnings so that I could draw on the funds later as needed. That had never been a major problem - not until June 2016.

That was when the world discovered that the xenophobia drip-fed over years by the UK's tabloid 'newspapers' and responsibility-ducking politicians had left just over half of the country's voting population unable to recognise obvious lies and empty slogans for what they were.

An early consequence of the UK's decision that it would leave the European Union was that sterling tumbled, and as it fell it took with it the value of a large chunk of my savings. Just when I needed to draw on the money I'd worked so bloody hard for, it was no longer there and I was left with reserves so depleted that, even under the best of conditions, it would have taken me years to build them back up to the level I needed.

Since then, my situation has gone from bad to worse. As politicians have squabbled over wildly differing interpretations of what people voted for/against - and even what Brexit actually involves in any case! - businesses across the UK and abroad have been forced to protect themselves against a rising tide of economic and regulatory uncertainty. And as clients have cut costs, my remaining income streams have all but dried up.

For those of you waiting for the books I had been working on, I don't know when or if I'll be able to finish them now. This upsets me, but I will not apologise. The blame lies with the lies of Brexit and however you voted you had better hope the massive upheavals that have already begun do not do to you what they have done to me.

Brexit was built on lies, but it contains a simple truth - one that many in the UK will not admit even to themselves. They would rather lash out in anger at those who try to make them see. That truth is that wherever the path to Brexit eventually leads, the mere act of building that path will necessarily demolish a lot of people's lives.

Those responsible, however, will not care. Damn them all.

James Clark, 31 March 2017, updated 11 September 2018.




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Fortean Times 312 review of The Poltergeist Prince of London '... an essential read for any fortean ...' - Fortean Times reviews The Poltergeist Prince!

"This book is a rarity: a balanced collaboration between a writer and a person who was at the centre of a poltergeist haunting. Over 12 years, Shirley Hitchings and her parents were accosted by relentless tapping sounds along with objects moving on their own, the occasional spontaneous fire, a ghostly breath or two, and floating lightforms. Beyond the (sometimes musical) tapping, the Battersea poltergeist started handwriting notes to the family, to psychical researchers and even to British teen idols! This was a poltergeist with a particularly sassy personality sometimes more than one, it seemed..."

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