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
Psychics & Mediums,
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.
Haughton, Patras, Greece,
2002 / July 2008.
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 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
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.
Brian currently lives and writes
in Patras, Greece, where he also plays guitar in the band
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