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They have a pretty long story but I am going to try and summarise the main and interesting points, they are an underground ossuary located to the south of the former city gate. The catacombs hold around 6 million peoples remains   and are the old stone mines, they have had to be monitored due to prior vandalism.

Like many cities that had their Christian dead buried in the consecrated city grounds Paris suffered overcrowding. The dead who were poor were mass buried to ensure that they tried to ease it but by the 17th Century it was all too much and they needed a new method.

New cemeteries were built, larger scaled ones that could accommodate more dead and the abandoned stone mines were chosen so that they could arrange to exhume the dead, and transfer them into the newly appointed catacombs. To begin with the catacombs were just a bone depository but eventually the stones, tomb and bones were arranged into decorations.

During August 1788 the riots from three areas meant that more bodies were brought into the catacombs. Val-de-gráce’s doorkeeper, Phillibert Aspairt, was lost in the catacombs in 1793, his body was found 11 years later and his tomb is at the spot where his body was found. Some of the graffiti there dates back to the 18th Century, Parisian members of the French Revolution also used them too.

Unfortunately it’s not all good, due to the catacombs being under the Paris streets it means that they cannot build any large foundations. And of course the catacombs are a hot-spot of hauntings.

I’m a big fan of H P Lovecraft, and I am sure I don’t do that good a job of hiding it. It is because of the work he created and inspired, and more importantly, he continues to do so after his death.

Lovecraft is probably more famous for his ‘Cthulhu’ mythos than anything else. He was avid about sharing his creation, his world and the outer gods/strange beings that came with it. Thanks to Lovecraft we have role play games, computer games, shared horror stories, music, films and so many other inspirations.

His youth was marred by his mothers death, and at fourteen his grandfather died. His grandfather appeared to have the money in the family, he loved his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, and despite never furnishing high school is a literary classic.

He married an older woman named Sonia Green, and due to her success in work he moved to New York. From letters and reflections in his stories it was evident he did not like it. His stories often reflect a writer who felt quite xenophobic and was happy to remain in his home town. His racism seemed to quell in later ages but perhaps he was more a man who felt out of place and time. He would have liked to have been a European a few centuries before his time?

His stories do not portray happy endings, often the reader in given tales of warning about delving too far for knowledge. The author of the tale might end up a victim of Arkham Asylum; or killing themselves, if they themselves had not been killed by a bizarre creature or situation unknown. His stories depict insanity, sickness, lack of control, fear and other scenario’s close to man’s fears and mortality.

His mother was an affectionate woman and his father went insane before his death. It is possible his father was suffering from syphilis, was this and her inspiration to his work?

I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful town of Providence, we even ventured down streets he most likely walked himself. We also ventured into Swan Point Cemetery, this was a fascinating place. The whole problem we faced was it was so big! We were there an hour before dark and so didn’t locate his grave. A wonderful place it’s worth a drive if you can get there, or a detour on a visit if you are nearby.

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Herbert Schirmer, a Nebraska Police Sergeant, claimed he was abducted by extra-terrestrials 3rd December 1967 whilst he was in Ashland. He flew to Boulder, Colorado to be examined by Dr R Leo Sprinkle on 13th February 1968, the doctor was a psychologist who studied him under hypnosis at the University of Wyoming.

Under the hypnosis he reported that he had seen a blurred white object, it came at him and at first he thought it was a truck as it had red blinking lights, but then it communicated mentally with him, preventing him from drawing his gun. After the hypnoses he claimed that the beings in the vehicle were friendly, had their bases on Venus and were able to draw energy from power lines.

“Evaluation of psychological assessment tests, the lack of any evidence, and interviews with the patrolman, left project staff with no confidence that the trooper’s reported UFO experience was physically real.”

The evidence suggested he believed his report to be very real, he was not consciously inventing the events up. It is however possible that this was the result of sleep paralysis, which has been known to create some very strange effects on the human psyche. In fact a physical check did not show any evidence of the anal probe he had also claimed to have undergone… so the case remains one of scepticism.

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Located in Jefferson County, Montana is a ghost town called Elkhorn. The town was rich in silver and during its peak period had a school, church, stores and brothels.

In 1893 the Fraternity Hall was built for social gatherings and is one of the best preserved buildings left there.

As the desire for silver decreased the town dwindled and a diphtheria attack from 1888-1889 resulted in a lot of deaths. Soon after the railroad service to Elkhorn was halted and a fraction of the inhabitants remained.

Now a few buildings are left standing but a number of the cabins have been reoccupied and refurbished.

Chillingham Castle has a couple of stories, the first is that Lady Mary Berkeley roams there searching for her husband. She lived in a painting and would emerge from it, she was actually popular with the children that would wait around for her to be seen.

Apart from that there is a record of the Blue Boy, he was heard at night crying in agony or fear.

The sounds came from a 10 foot thick tower wall in the ‘Pink Room’, and a soft halo of light would appear around the four poster bed. A report of a young boy dressed in blue was spotted, shimmering beside that spot.

In the 1920’s workmen cut through a passage and found the bones of a boy with blue fragments of clothing on it.

The bones were buried and the wailing ceased, however there are still reports of blue halo’s and lights from time to time.