1975


52
YEARS

THE GHOST HUNTERS

Underwood at Tintern Abbey in Wales in 1975

W. A. Call
Tintern Abbey from hillside above road
Monmouth Museum

“An early broadcast that I helped to compile and took part in was called The Ghost Hunters,

with…the BBC, whom I later worked with

on a number of broadcasts...”

“We went down to Borley…and on a cold and windy day I related somthing of the remarkable history of that haunted place…”

Front cover of an issue of the Radio Times magazine covering the television schedule for London from the 29th of November to the 5th of December, 1975.

The Ghost Hunters explored the history and activities of the Ghost Club and its investigations…”

The BBC documentary inspires Underwood's book of the same name dedicated to “examining some of the best-known ghost hunters of today and yesterday…”

Harry Price
(1881-1948)

Researcher Extraordinaire

Eliott O’Donnell
(1872-1965)

Doyen of Ghost Hunters

James Wentworth Day
(1899-1983)

The Sporting Ghost Hunter

Hans Holzer
(1920-2009)

Prince of Parapsychologists

Tom Lethbridge
(1901-1971)

Explorer of the Unexplained

R. Thurston Hopkins
(1884-1958)

Adventurer in the Supernatural

Dennis Wheatley
(1897-1977)

Master of Mystery

Professor Hans Bender
(1907-1991)

Professor of parapsychology

John Cutten

Ghost detecting equipment specialist

Tom Perrott

Ghost Club Chairman (1971-1993)

K.M. (Mollie) Goldney
(1894-1992)

Co-author of the ‘Borley report'

Andrew MacKenzie
(1911-2001)

Journalist, novelist, parapsychologist

Peter Underwood
(1923-2014)

The Sherlock Holmes of Psychical Research

However ghosts are not the only occult phenomena getting exposure in the media...

1975 also marked the publication of 

The Vampire’s Bedside Companion.

“On the very day that I begin this book about vampires

there is news of a fresh outbreak of inhuman devilry at a cemetery in London 

that has long had the reputation…”

“…of being the lair of a vampire…”

The legend of the 'Highgate Vampire’ concerns a ‘King Vampire of the Undead’.

The king was a medieval nobleman who had practised black magic in medieval Wallachia (Romania).

He was thought to have been brought to England in a coffin in the early 18th century and buried in a Cemetery.

Portrait of Vlad III [c. 1560] 
Reputedly a copy of an original made during his lifetime.

“The oldest part of Highgate Cemetery has long been reputed to harbour a vampire…”

“Alleged sightings of a vampire-like creature…”

“…lurking among the graves and tombstones…”

“…have resulted…”

“…in many ‘vampire hunts’…”

“I heard first-hand of such a sighting…”

“...and my informant maintained that he and his companion…”

“...had secreted themselves in one of the vaults…”

“…and watched a dark figure flit among the catacombs…”

“…and disappear into a huge vault

from which the vampire

…did not reappear…”

“One man told me

that he had seen

‘something’ emerge from a coffin inside a vault…”

“…and then disappear…”

“…and a moment later his companions,

outside the vault…”

“…had seen a figure

materialise seemingly from the ground

and disappear with incredible speed…”

The Vampire Companion is dedicated “to the memory of Montague Summers…”

“...in the hope that he will forgive me for revealing some of the secrets of the Vampire Medallion…”

“The Vampire Protection Talisman or Madallion, probably seventeenth century…[was] given to the author by Montague Summers and was used in scores of cases of vampirism over the years.”

Summers was a clergyman whose writings on Vampirism had established him as the foremost authority on the subject.

“We had exchanged several letters and eventually I went to see him…[he was] a kindly man who did much to awaken my interest in the occult.”

“At the time I had come across a case of apparent vampirism and I found Summers tremendously helpful with knowledgeable advice...”

“But all my efforts to countermand my vampire had no effect and some weeks after my initial visit I was back talking to him again...”

“This time he brought out a brass medallion which he said had great power against vampires and evil spirits...”

“He died suddenly soon afterwards…”

“…and I have never had occasion to use the medallion

...since it has been in my possession...”

No Common Task
p.161; 168

The Ghost Hunters
p.11

The Vampire’s Bedside Companion
p.21; 13; 76; 70-71