One of the city’s most sought-after ghostly collections – Parade of Phantoms: Derry Ghostlore by Peter McCartney - will be reissued next week, Derry’s premier publishers Guildhall Press announced this week.
Updated, revised and illustrated throughout with ghoulish graphics and eerie imagery in timely fashion for Hallowe’en 2011, these local tales of terror have been resurrected by popular demand, exactly twenty years after they first rose from the page to terrify and entertain the local population of the city and its environs.
This edition combines contemporary and traditional stories of malevolent spirits and classic horrible happenings including: Half-hanged MacNaghten, The Headless Coachman, The Whispering Man, The Demon Bride, Old Foyle’s Legacy, The Blacksmith & the Devil, Banshee Tales, Nightmare on Nelson Street and the Insidious Intruder.
Paul Hippsley, Guildhall Press Manager, explains: “For many years, fireside accounts of the mysterious and the macabre were commonplace in households throughout the city, enthralling and entertaining young and old alike. In tribute to those nostalgic, sadly bygone days, based on the actual experiences and reminiscences of people from different parts of the city, these ‘spirited’ tales take the reader on a terrifying tour of the spectral spectrum – from creaking haunted houses and bloodcurdling noises in the dead of night, to wailing banshees and a parade of other ghostly encounters.”
Author Peter McCartney added: “I would like to express my thanks to Guildhall Press and all those people, too numerous to mention, who contributed stories to the original compilations reproduced in this edition. Because of their willingness to share their personal experiences, their stories can be treasured for the terrifying treats they are. These terrible tales are meant to be aired; they are meant to be shared, so read them on your own, or with others, and experience a tingle of terror straight from the ghostly archives of this city of culture.”
One recent reader, who shall remain nameless for fear of being sought out by local demons, shared her thoughts on the book: “I devoured the stories but only in the daylight hours! It is no wonder that Derry is renowned, the world over, for it spectacular Hallowe’en celebrations and herein lies the evidence of real tales of terror and ghostlore. This is a must-read collection to get you into the spirit for Hallowe’en – quite literally!”
Parade of Phantoms: Derry Ghostlore is available from Easons Foyleside, Shipquay Books & News, Foyle Books, Little Acorns Bookstore (Bedlam), An Cló Ceart and DVCB from October 26, 2011. Paperback £8.95. For more details please see www.ghpress.com.