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


(Available in paperback or for the Kindle)

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


(Paperback)



NB: You will probably be able to buy the paperback version of 'Strange Mitcham' cheaper at Lulu:

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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 titles include the number one bestselling book 'The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist', as well as 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

For personal, financial and health reasons I have stepped away from the worlds of forteana and folklore for the foreseeable future.

Researching and writing the sort of books I had been doing requires resources of time and money.

Brexit killed the business that gave me that hard-won freedom.

If you were waiting for me to finish the book I had been working on, then blame the shysters who sold the electorate lies and ripped this country apart, and in the process destroyed everything I'd worked for more than two decades to build.

They have broken me.

James Clark, updated 4 January 2022




Latest News

January 2021: 'The Battersea Poltergeist podcast!'

My book 'The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist', details the incredible events that began in a south London house in 1956.

Now Danny Robins has brought that story to life in a stunning new Radio 4 series, starring Dafne Keen, Toby Jones, Alice Lowe, and Burn Gorman.

Listen to the podcast now at the BBC Sounds website.



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..."

Click here to read the full review.



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