One thing’s for sure about the South-West – it specialises in ‘off the wall’ ghost stories. We’ve got tales of hairy hands and three-headed spectres, but there’s one legend that beats them all in terms of strangeness.
Allow me to introduce one of the region's more bizarre spirits – the Owlman of Cornwall.
I often gravitate towards the supernatural when I’m writing. It’s a fascinating genre, and it allows for a lot of creativity. Put it like this, you can go really out there when you’re writing about ghosts – and there’s no rule-book to state you’re being factually inaccurate!
I love a good moor. Thankfully, the South-West is full of them. We’ve got the bleak landscapes of Dartmoor, the endless rolling hills of Exmoor and of course, the loneliest moor of all – Bodmin.
Every castle seems to boast its own set of spooks – but not many can rival Berry Pomeroy Castle. Dating back to the 15th century, this building, nestled deep in the Devonshire countryside, is notorious for its spectral activity.
On October 28th, 2016, something tragic happened in Exeter. A fire broke out in a gallery on Cathedral Green. The building, being old, swiftly burnt – and the fire spread through the roof vault to the Royal Clarence Hotel. After days of fighting the blaze, the excellent local fire service managed to finally quell the flames – but the hotel was lost forever.