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Posted on: 09/07/2014 23:16:32
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We tend to think of the written horror tale as a relatively recent phenomenon. But in fact the first hand circulated ghost stories date back at least two thousand years. This one was related by several ancient authors, the historian Tacitus among them. The version here, however, is by the Roman letter-writer Pliny the Younger (A.D.61-115). In it are the staples of the horror tale: the restless corpse, the rattling of chains, the beckoning finger. There's even a ghost breaker or exorcist for later writers or film makers to build upon. The translation is that of William Melmoth (1746), as slightly revised, with proper deference to the Latin original, by R. W. Stedman.

There was in Athens a house, spacious and open, but with an infamous reputation, as if filled with pestilence. For in the dead of night, a noise like the clashing of iron could be heard. And if one listened carefully, it sounded like the rattling of chains. At first the noise seemed to be at a distance, but then it would approach, nearer, nearer, nearer. Suddenly a phantom would appear, an old man, pale and emaciated, with a long beard, and hair that appeared driven by the wind. The fetters on his feet and hands rattled as he moved them.
Any dwellers in the house passed sleepless nights under the most dismal terrors imaginable. The nights without rest led them to a kind of madness, and as the horrors in their minds increased, onto a path toward death. Even in the daytime--when the phantom did not appear--the memory of the nightmare was so strong that it still passed before their eyes. The terror remained when the cause of it was gone.
Damned as uninhabitable, the house was at last deserted, left to the spectral monster. But in hope that some tenant might be found who was unaware of the malevolence within it, the house was posted for rent or sale.
It happened that a philosopher named Athenodorus came to Athens at that time. Reading the posted bill, he discovered the dwelling's price. The extraordinary cheapness raised his suspicion, yet when he heard the whole story, he was not in the least put off. Indeed, he was eager to take the place. And did so immediately.
As evening drew near, Athenodorus had a couch prepared for him in the front section of the house. He asked for a light and his writing materials, then dismissed his retainers. To keep his mind from being distracted by vain terrors of imaginary noises and apparitions, he directed all his energy toward his writing.
For a time the night was silent. Then came the rattling of fetters. Athenodorus neither lifted up his eyes, nor laid down his pen. Instead he closed his ears by concentrating on his work. But the noise increased and advanced closer till it seemed to be at the door, and at last in the very chamber. Athenodorus looked round and saw the apparition exactly as it had been described to him. It stood before him, beckoning with one finger.
Athenodorus made a sign with his hand that the visitor should wait a little, and bent over his work. The ghost, however, shook the chains over the philosopher's head, beckoning as before. Athenodorus now took up his lamp and followed. The ghost moved slowly, as if held back by his chains. Once it reached the courtyard, it suddenly vanished.
Athenodorus, now deserted, carefully marked the spot with a handful of grass and leaves. The next day he asked the magistrate to have the spot dug up. There they found--intertwined with chains--the bones that were all that remained of a body that had long lain in the ground. Carefully, the skeletal relics were collected and given proper burial, at public expense. The tortured ancient was at rest. And the house in Athens was haunted no more.

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David Scanlan, FRAS
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Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 04/07/2014 8:38:13
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Ive just posted a video following the work of an exorcist

http://hampshireghostclub.net/modul ... mpost31336

Interesting watching

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David Scanlan, FRAS
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Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
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Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 04/07/2014 8:37:01
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Hi

Heres an interesting show called Paranormal Witness (probably my favourite on TV at the moment to be honest)

This episode looks at an american exorcist who didnt even think exorcism really existed before working as one

45 minutes long but well worth a watch....very interesting

http://vimeo.com/80198931

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 04/07/2014 8:34:43
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Yeah wouldnt be too nice would it lol

Now view this from a haunting point of view where the ghost residing in a property has right to be there and weve moved into their property

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 04/07/2014 8:34:31
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Yeah wouldnt be too nice would it lol

Now view this from a haunting point of view where the ghost residing in a property has right to be there and weve moved into their property

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
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Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 02/07/2014 15:03:40
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Hi Everyone,

The Hampshire Ghost Club have an investigation (Ghost Hunt) booked at a haunted venue in Alton, Hampshire and we have a couple of places available for anyone who would like to come along and find out what a real ghost hunt is like.

Youll spend the evening conducting experiments, sitting in vigils and of course communicating with spirit by using, Pendulum, Glass, Ouija and Table Tilting.....all for only £35.00 per person (Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate supplied)


If your interested in coming along then please do message me to book a place or to find out some more information

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 02/07/2014 8:14:27
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Hi

I think although mental health issues could be a relevant explanation in many cases we need to look at the requirements that are deemed to have to be in place for a possession to be believed by many churches

Things such as:

* Superhuman Strength
* Foul smells
* Speaking in languages unknown to the possessed
* Knowledge of future events

These are just some of the things the churches look for...mental health is rigourously looked for these days

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 02/07/2014 8:10:32
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Welcome to the site Guys

Always happy to help and assist in any way we can

Get venues has always been hard.....money talks sadly in many cases

Regards

Dave

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
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Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 02/07/2014 8:06:53
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I guess its out of sight out of mind....if you don't know spirits are regularly popping in and out of your home then its not going to concern you too much

However....if you were aware of them as were of strangers just walking in your home off the street then you would definitely be more pro active in keeping them out

Dave

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW


Posted on: 21/03/2014 19:38:50
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Can be rather worrying really if random spirits can just pop in and out at will isnt it?

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David Scanlan, FRAS
Founder of The Hampshire Ghost Club
Honorary Member of Ghosts-UK
Patron of Essex GhostHunters
Honorary Member of CaSPIR
.................................................
Paranormal Hampshire, Wiltshire & Sussex - OUT NOW



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