What explains spectral sightings? Why do we fear the supernatural? What proof is there? Growing up in a haunted house, Roger Clarke spent much of his childhood trying to see a ghost. From the terrifying true events behind Henry James's The Turn of the Screw to the frenzy of the Cock Lane poltergeist, he takes us on a journey of belief with ghosts of every kind.
Roger Clarke is best known as a film-writer for the Independent newspaper and more recently Sight & Sound.
He was the youngest person ever to join the Society for Psychical Research in the 1980s when you still needed to be proposed and seconded by members. He was getting his ghost stories published by the The Pan & Fontana series of horror books aged only 15, when Roald Dahl asked his agent to take him on as a client. A published poet, his libretto for The Man with the Footsoles of Wind was performed at the Almeida Theatre in London in 1993.
The Natural History of Ghosts is the book he always wanted to write.