Monday, 24 February 2014

24th February 2014

Also within the last week or so, W.M.G.C. members have recently uncovered a mention of an historic, local ghost story - the specific details of which were utterly unknown to us previously - concerning some peculiar, poltergeist-like occurrences surrounding a particular Black Country graveyard.  Following quickly on from the initial, brief report viewed, group researchers have subsequently traced the original newspaper articles from the Mid-19th Century, which - it has to be said - display a remarkably 'cynical' attitude to the events concerned!!    

What is of tremendous interest to the group is the fact that the matter not only concerns a number of sites that have actually been 'investigated' at first-hand previously by the group...... but details mentioned in the case also seem to potentially tie-in with a plot-line from one of the stories penned by the legendary, fictional ghost story writer, the late M.R. James!?!  (Pic above).

In his 1914 story "An Episode of Cathedral History", James relates the tale of a terrible, 'demonic' creature that is discovered, trapped inside a mysterious tomb in a fictional cathedral.....  If the 'creature' concerned could possibly be demoted to the level of a more subtle 'poltergeist-like-effect', then certain details in this local case are remarkably similar to some of those related in James' story........?  Needless to say, James was a biblical / religious scholar of considerable standing..... so is there perhaps some chance that he may have been somehow privy to details mentioned in the Black Country case and subsequently 'used' some of the motifs concerned as a basis for his own story....???      

We sincerely hope that visitors to this page do not mind our now being somewhat 'vague' with further details, for the time being, but there is a fair amount of information to potentially relate and we are currently still uncovering further links and so forth.  We are, at present, awaiting contact and replies from a number of sources both on the general history of the site concerned and on the, more pressing, Jamesian angle....... 

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