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An interview with Tracy Wray, author and ghost hunter living in a converted Victorian lunatic asylum on Dartmoor.

Paranormal by mutual friends. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to take part in a number of investigations, most recently at the Palace Theatre in Plymouth. Our investigations are mainly in Devon Cornwall, but we also venture further afield occasionally. Our emphasis is the scientific study of the paranormal, although we do also use a psychic for most of our investigations. When it comes to paranormal research I’m definitely a believer, but I need quite a high level of proof to be convinced that what I’m witnessing is actually paranormal. I’m only prepared to consider something as paranormal when every other explanation has been discounted. I’ve been lucky enough to experience some things which definitely fall under this category, such as human shadows moving on walls when there is no one there to cast them

Going back to the book, there’s a fine mixture of spookiness and humour, something which we believe mixes well in the paranormal, what made you choose that era, the 1920s, the idle rich, the class separation, etc.?

generation; after the horrors of the War they threw themselves headlong into hedonism and pleasure-seeking, and it simply couldn’t last. I tried to invoke something of this in the doomed relationship between Marcus and Maria.

I chose the 1920’s because I’ve always loved this era. My favourite author is PG Wodehouse, and so I naturally gravitated towards to the Bright Young Things as I’d absorbed so much about them through the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Although the Victorian period is probably more widely associated with ghosts and hauntings, historically the 1920’s was also an era that saw a huge increase in interest in ghosts and spiritualism following the First World War, with so many grieving parents and lovers hoping to contact their dead. I’ve also always felt that there was something doomed about this

You host a dinner party at Chez Wray and you can invite 6 people, past, present, fact or fiction, who would it be and why? And tell us what you’d have for starter, main course and pudding please. Wow, this question turned out to be more difficult than I’d thought! First of all, I would definitely invite both PG Wodehouse and MR James, as they are my two favourite authors. Two very different styles of writing, but both of them wonderfully evocative of their time and genres. My third

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Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...

Haunted Magazine #16 - Women in Paranormal Special  

Women, women, women, you can't live with them but you can get them to write the features for Haunted Magazine Issue 16, and like a female ve...