Mark Rees Reveals Cardiff's Haunted History In His New Book 'Paranormal Cardiff'
November 26, 2023 1:00 AM ‐ Books
In 'Paranormal Cardiff', Mark Rees, a journalist and author with over fifteen years of experience in Welsh arts and culture journalism, explores the eerie and supernatural side of Wales' capital city. This book, the latest in Amberley's Paranormal series, promises a deep dive into Cardiff's ghostly history, filled with haunted locations and unexplained phenomena.
Cardiff, known as a hub of historical significance, ranging from battles to sporting triumphs, is reputedly one of the most haunted cities in the world. Mark takes readers on a journey through the city's dark corners and famous landmarks. The book narrates tales of haunted theatres where past stars still perform, vengeful spirits guarding fairy-tale castles, and manor houses visited by daily supernatural entities. Even Cardiff's sports stadium and the eerie streets of Llandaff, which inspired the young Roald Dahl, have their own ghost stories to tell.
'Paranormal Cardiff' isn't just about the well-trodden paths of the city's ghostly lore; it also ventures into lesser-known areas, revealing secrets off the beaten track. These stories are not just about the past; they also encompass the golden age of Cardiff's hauntings and modern paranormal cases. One notable tale includes the legendary Sir Arthur Conan Doyle participating in a séance in the city. Another intriguing case is that of a poltergeist named Pete, whose antics in a local workshop in the 1980s became a significant case for the Society for Psychical Research.
An interesting aspect of the book is its focus on Castell Coch, situated just outside Cardiff. This castle, visible from the M4 motorway, sets the scene for numerous supernatural stories, including the legacy of Gwendolen Howard, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, whose presence is felt in various locations, including Cardiff Castle in the city centre.
Adding a visual element to these chilling tales, the book features over 100 photos and illustrations, showcasing Cardiff's most famous and paranormally active sites. These range from the stunning St. Fagans castle gardens and the historic Royal Infirmary to the modern and iconic Principality Stadium.
Mark's background as an arts editor and what's on editor for various South Wales publications, including the South Wales Evening Post, Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star, and Swansea Life, lends credibility and depth to his narrative. His expertise in the arts and culture of Wales adds a rich context to the supernatural stories he presents.
This isn't Mark's first exploration of ghost in Wales, he previously authored 'Paranormal Wales' and 'Ghosts of Wales: Accounts from the Victorian Archives.'
'Paranormal Cardiff' is a fascinating exploration for anyone interested in ghost hunting, supernatural happenings, or the history of Cardiff. It appeals not only to those who already have an interest in the paranormal but also to anyone who wants to know more about the hidden, mysterious side of this historic Welsh city. The book is available now in paperback from Amazon, as an eBook for Kindle, or direct from Amberley Publishing.
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