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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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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.

As some of you know, for personal reasons I've been struggling for a while but this time last year I was beginning to get back on top of things. Then that changed.

The career I painstakingly built up over more than 20 years, one of combining editorial work with writing (the latter in whatever free time the former left me), is not the sort that brings in a regular income; I've made it work by setting aside much of my earnings so that I can draw on those funds later as needed. This was never a problem - not until June last year.

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

As a consequence, sterling tumbled and as sterling fell it took with it the value of a large chunk of my savings. And because of that, when I needed to draw on the money I'd worked so bloody hard for, it was no longer there.

It makes no difference what happens now: with depleted reserves (which under the best of conditions would take me years to build back up) and faced with the combination of low interest rates and already rising inflation (again due to the fall in sterling), I cannot continue.

For those of you waiting for the books I've been working on, I don't know when or if I'll be able to finish them. I'll not apologise for that; I did my best. Blame Brexit and, however you voted, you'd better hope it doesn't do to you what it's done to me.

There is a simple truth that many in the UK will not admit even to themselves. Instead, they react by lashing 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 is going to destroy a lot of people's lives.

At least I don't have that on my conscience.

James Clark, 31 March 2017.




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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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