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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.