Running parallel to the conventional history of Liverpool ... there is an unseen seam of supernatural stories that have been largely ignored by the strait-laced historians,' says Torn Slemen, who is, of course, fascinated by this other history and no subject matter is too strange or too terrifying to merit his scrutiny. While some stories may prove to be nothing more than urban myths, many turn out to be only too spine-chillingly true.
Take for example the phantom mare of Dovecot House, which wreaked revenge on Ralph Walsh, the man who had poisoned her...
The chilling case of the greedy Toxteth man who was willing to sacrifice the soul of a homeless man to obtain the winning Euromillions Lottery numbers from the Devil
The psychopathic doppelganger that attempted to kill its flesh-and-blood counterpart.
The "Red Menace" - a ghastly zombie-like being that has stalked Liverpool children for decades.
The Phantom Road that appears on the M62 and hypnotically draws motorists to their deaths.
The gut-wrenching story of the Wind from Hell - when a raging hurricane uprooted trees and coffins galore in St James's Cemetery - was it a natural occurrence - or the result of a gypsy's curse? This story is not to be read if you have a weak stomach!
The well-documented case of the "Sefton Park Vampires" who terrorised a party of students in the 1960s.
The boy who was stalked by a "fetch" - a creepy little wizened figure of an old woman who followed the child home to...well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
The terrifying case of a bizarre, apparently cannibalistic entity known as "Hilty" who had his lair in a derelict house on William Henry Street
The bizarre case of the four suicides committed across Liverpool on the same night that linked up to form a perfect geometric design on a map of the city...
Plus many more strange tales from Liverpool's darker side...
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