paranormal people biographies

About the site

Mysterious People is a website written and designed by author and researcher Brian Haughton. The site is devoted to the lives of mysterious, strange and allegedly paranormal people. It consists of a series of critical biographies with sources and further reading listed at the end of each piece. The biography sections are Strange Powers, Psychics & Mediums, Occult Personalities, Poltergeist Stories, Feral Children, Weird People.  

The choice of people for the site is entirely personal, and reflects the author's own interests and preferences, rather than following any strict criteria which make up a unusual person. In the main on Mysterious People I have tried to write about people who were unique or claimed to experience unexplainable or unique things.  I have also included a number of characters whose exploits are not as widely known as perhaps they should be. So you will find shadowy occultists rubbing shoulders with enigmatic impostors, 'poltergeist girls' with feral children, alleged mediums with eccentric travellers and mystical writers, the king of the gypsies with a princess from Javasu.

This is not a site devoted to evidence for paranormal powers. Personally, I do not think such evidence exists, but in a way this is irrelevant. The lives of a number of those claiming 'psychic' powers or strange talents, like that of 19th century 'medium' Florence Cook for example, are often fascinating in their own right, and can be revealing of contemporary society,  its beliefs and values.

Brian Haughton, Patras, Greece, November 2002 / July 2008.


Brian Haughton - Mysterious PeopleAbout the author

Born in Birmingham, England, Brian Haughton is an author and researcher on the subjects of ancient sacred places, supernatural folklore and literature. He is a qualified archaeologist with a BA in European Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and an MPhil in Greek Archaeology from Birmingham University.

Haughtons articles have appeared in magazines across the world including, Awareness, All Destiny and the UKs Paranormal Magazine, and his work on the Princess Caraboo hoax has been used by the B.B.C. on a number of occasions. He is a member of the Folklore Society (England) and serves as a consultant for U.K-based research and investigative organization Parasearch. He long ago fell for the lure of the ancient world and tales of the supernatural, initially inspired by visiting the Neolithic chambered tombs of the Cotswold Hills in England and by reading the ghost stories of Sheridan Le Fanu and M.R. James. Born in Birmingham, England, Brian Haughton is an author and researcher on the subjects of ancient sacred places, supernatural folklore and literature. He is a qualified archaeologist with a BA in European Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and an MPhil in Greek Archaeology from Birmingham University.

Haughton's first book, Hidden History: Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge, and Ancient Mysteries was published by New Page in January 2007, and has been translated into eleven languages, including German, Russian, Greek and Thai. His second book Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places, which concentrates on the folklore and myths surrounding ancient sacred sites, was published in July 2008. His third book for New Page, about the folklore of the ghost story, entitled The Lore of the Ghost, was published in September, 2008. 'History's Mysteries' - the long-awaited follow up to Hidden History, was published in May 2010.

                                                  
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