Domini Mortum

By Paul Holbrook

A supernatural murder mystery novel set in late Victorian London.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Pluckley - Investigating the Investigators - Part 1

A large early part of Domini Mortum is set in the village of Pluckley, Kent.  According to The Guinness Book of Records, Pluckley is the most haunted village in Britain.  This claim to fame is no longer given by Guinness as, I suppose there is no way of proving this to be true, no more than ghosts can be proven to exist.

Before writing this portion of the novel, I researched Pluckley to within an inch of its life, finding out all kinds of interesting, and not at all interesting, facts.  I love the researching part of planning and writing a novel and it was with the greatest of joy that I discovered some fantastic video evidence on the ghostly goings on in Pluckley.

I will be visiting some of this ‘concrete’ evidence of the afterlife over a series of posts to the shed throughout my pledge campaign.

The first video has been made by the quite remarkable Kent Paranormal Investigators led by Dave Sage, a man whose appearance in the film amounts to nothing more than a photograph of Dave looking like some kind of misplaced wedding DJ.  Their film starts spookily enough; words appear on the screen describing an obviously terrifying night spent in the Black Horse Inn.  (In Domini Mortum this is where Sam stays during his trip to the Village and is where he first meets local ghost hunter Edward Higgins). 

However, I’m afraid that any hope of being scared witless by their discoveries is lost after about the first 10 seconds when the first words start to appear.  I am not perfect; I could tell you many dull stories of how un-proofed words written by me have leaked though despite my best efforts, but whoever put the words onto this particular video should take a long hard look at their proofing skills.  I will say no more on the subject, but the litany of errors is quite systemic, a very funny.  

As for spooky content, well, sorry Kent Paranormal Investigators, but 5 minutes of photographs of people sat around a Ouija Board, pictures of some ‘mist’ (or tobacco smoke) forming in the air, a sneak peek up the ‘chimeny’ (not as Carry On as it sounds) and fire extinguishers, lots of fire extinguishers do not have me screaming ghost.

My favourite part of the film comes when the picture of Michelle, the medium, appears on screen, as she feels the dread grip of the ‘hangmans nose’ around her neck.

I’m a practical type of person, despite enjoying writing about the paranormal, I will not believe in ghosts until one punches me squarely on the nose, whilst floating in mid air with their death certificate pinned to their funeral clothes.  I’m afraid that the Kent Paranormal Investigators attempts did not shift this belief one inch.  There is other video evidence out there, and theere are treats to come in the shed in future posts.


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