Nicola Kirk: Author and Collector of Paranormal Stories and Other Strange Encounters

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Are you brave enough to join Paranormal Knight’s investigation at RAF Holmpton’s Nuclear Bunker?

Join Paranormal Knights as they investigate this very impressive location. Behind the massive blast doors, this vast Nuclear Bunker extends almost 100 ft below ground and covers nearly 35,000 sq ft.  With over 15,000 personnel having passed through RAF Holmpton during its service it’s not surprising that a vast array of paranormal activity has also been reported. Disembodied voices and sightings of a ghostly airman pacing up and down are often reported. Poltergeist activity is rife in this location, with reports of furniture moving and objects being thrown…

Paranormal Knights would like to offer you the chance to enjoy exclusive use of this building for a full night’s investigation working with our psychic medium and paranormal team for the night.

This event will include:

* The company of experience Paranormal Investigators;

* The presence of at least one Psychic medium;

* The full use of ghost hunting equipment;

* The chance to experience glass divination, human pendulum;

* Free tea, coffee and a light buffet.

You are welcome to bring with you cameras and video recorders. We also ask you bring with you a torch, suitable warm clothing and sensible foot wear.

Date: 24th April 2010

Location; Holmpton

Time: 8:00pm – 4:00am

Cost:   £45


The Final Curtain Call – London’s Haunted Theatres – Part I

I’ve been to a fair few theatre productions in my time, some of which were cruelly enforced viewings as part of my Theatre Studies course at college (to this day, the only thing I remember about Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is the reinflated road kill they dragged out on stage halfway through that was meant to represent the assassinated sea bird).

Theatres are, by their very nature, hugely atmospheric places.  For many a season actors have gone through every emotion known to man on their stages so it is hardly surprising that so many theatres have reports of Thespians and Luvvies who refuse to bow out at the final curtain.

In 1880, the Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, WC2, caused a stir when, just before a performance was about to begin, a husband and wife happened to glance over the balcony before they took their seats.  They were horrified to see a severed head staring back at them from the lap of one of the ladies below.  They were about to investigate further when they were forced to take their seats again.  I don’t know about you, but it would have taken more than the dimming of the lights to stop me investigating a severed head in someone’s lap.  They peered over the railings only to find the lady below had covered her lap with a shawl.  After the performance, the couple tried to follow the mysterious woman but they lost her in the crowds outside the theatre.   Sometime later, the husband visited a house in Yorkshire and, while he was there, happened to notice a familiar face staring down at him from one of the paintings on the wall.  It was the very same face he had seen glaring up at him from the woman’s lap in the Lyceum Theatre.  The husband was informed that the painting was of a distant relative who had once owned the land the Lyceum stands on but he had been executed for treason.  The  man had been beheaded.  (source: Haunted London by Richard Jones).

My trustworthy correspondent from Putney, Penny Hopwood, sent me the following experience:

“I once worked in Duke Street, St. James’s, in an office building which had once housed The St. James’s Theatre (built in 1835) and sported a beautiful Louis IV interior.  Anyway, one morning, I encountered a cleaning lady who ran screaming out of the ground floor loo.  According to her, she had been mopping the floor and, as she did so, glanced into the mirror.  Standing there staring back at her was a stunningly beautiful lady dressed in a blue crinoline gown.  Shortly afterwards, I mentioned this to somebody in the building only to be told that it was impossible to find permanent cleaning staff for the very reason that the lady in question appeared with great regularity.  It turns out that an 18th century actress had thrown herself from the top balcony of the theatre onto the spot where that bathroom now stood.”

Illustration of the interior of St James’s Theatre by John Gregory Crace.

If you are interested in experiencing a haunted theatre for yourself, please contact Kieron and Mel Savill of Paranormal Knights for an experience you won’t forget.  Paranormal Knights have exclusive access to the Empire Theatre, Southend On Sea, on 19th and 20th February 2010.  Don’t miss out.


©Nicola Kirk and 2010

The Legend of 3:33am…

In my earlier article, The Gate House, Kieron Savill of Paranormal Knights mentioned that there were some interesting theories flying around on the internet as to why some people frequently find themselves waking up at 3.33am.    What is so special about 3:33am?

One forum user made an interesting comment: “333 is only half the message, that’s why it is being repeated. The whole message is 666. Sleep tight.”

It may be meant as a jokey comment, but is there more to it?  It is generally accepted that the ‘witching hour’ is 1am and it is considered a time when the veil between this world and the next is thin enough to allow things of a supernatural persuasion to take a peek into our world.  But some say the ‘witching hour’ can also be any time between 12am and 3am, with 3am being sometimes referred to as the ‘Devil’s Hour’. Perhaps waking up at 3:33am is the Devil’s rather persistent way of getting your attention…

Being the ‘Devil’s Hour’, 3am is also apparently a prime time to whip out your grimoire for Black Mass. I wonder if Satanists restrained themselves until 3:33am if they would have more luck.

Rather worryingly for those who find themselves waking up at 3am or 3:33am, Kenneth Deel’s website reports: “In short if you often wake up to see the clock is exactly 3:AM, you might being seeing this as a warning. The number 3 turning up is a Demonic symbol, so we take note on a short list when it occurs. As it can often defiantly (sic) be an indication something is manifesting or already has…”

In Will Storr’s book, Will Storr Vs the Supernatural (which is a book I would highly recommend – very entertaining and well written), he has included a section about strange occurrences between the hours of 3am and 4am (although from what I’ve seen so far it’s beginning to look like any time after the sun goes down is a good time to break out the EMF meter).

Another forum user suggested that if you sleep between two doors, you may be getting hit by the ‘spiritual traffic’ that moves around between the hours of 2am and 4am.  Perhaps 3:33am is rush hour on the spiritual plane.

Another interesting theory is that Christ was allegedly killed at 3pm, so what with 3am being the inversion of this time, it is the chosen hour for all things of an antichristian bent to come out and party.

On yet another forum (got to love forums, haven’t you?), this one being the GHE Paranormal forum that Dave Hobbs runs with general abandon, it is suggested that maybe people wake up once at 3:33am, think ‘what a coincidence, all the threes!’ and then manage to subconsciously programme themselves to wake up at the same time on subsequent nights.

On the other hand, perhaps the phenomenon can be explained in a rather more mundane fashion.  If anyone else out there is like me and wakes up bleary eyed in the night and looks at the clock, every time could read 3:33am.  Some digital clock displays fade over time until it can be a struggle to read the numbers, especially if you’re half asleep.  And can’t be bothered to put your glasses on.


©Nicola Kirk and 2010

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