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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.

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As you may already know, I’m a sucker for local folklore and legend. I originated in the ever-practical south-east of England, and when I moved to the South-West ten years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the wealth of wonderful supernatural stories that the region boasted. 

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Finishing the first draft of your book is an exciting feeling. It’s definitely cause for celebration. After all, you managed to see your novel right through to the end – and that’s a bit like finishing a marathon. Hooray!